Paul is a graduate of the University of Hull. He qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1994. Paul worked for and was a partner in City of London law firms until, in 2010, he set up his own niche international dispute resolution practice, Bugden & Co. In 2019, in addition to his Bugden & Co practice, Paul became a Consultant at CPB. He brings to CPB’s clients the benefit of his substantial marine, aviation, and international trade expertise and experience.
He is co-author (with Edinburgh University’s Dr Simone Lamont-Black) of "Goods in Transit", a major work now in its fourth edition, published by the leading legal publisher Sweet and Maxwell. For some years, he was a regular legal columnist for Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International and frequently writes articles and lectures to various audiences, including universities, on marine, insurance and international trade topics.