Paul Fletcher – Senior Principal


" I am focussed and innovative, dealing with pressing legal issues with a sense of urgency "

Paul is highly experienced in commercial/corporate law and commercial and tax litigation.  He quickly identifies and deals with the core issues of a legal problem.

Paul has an impressive track record in concluding transactions and in resolving disputes, resulting in a legacy of many satisfied clients.

Paul applies his experience gained in acting on both the front and back ends of commercial law issues, ie both as transactor and as a litigator, to a “whole of picture” approach that produces results.  He can approach legal issues from a number of angles, often formulating original solutions that maintain a solid grounding in commercial practicality.  He is up front in advising clients when he considers a particular legal course of action to be uncommercial / unwise.

Paul has particular expertise in complex tax disputes, acquisitions, corporate compliance and restructuring, environmental (including waste) law, intellectual property commercialisation, large scale property developments, building, construction & town planning disputes and foreign investment and Takeovers Panel matters.

Paul has strong working relationships with experienced barristers and consultants in Perth and interstate.  He has been a pro bono legal services provider to The Fiona Wood Foundation for many years (having been a longstanding Board member).

 

 

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Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 1 – The Pitfalls of Oral Contracts

7th November 2018

Reflecting on some 35 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, one thing in particular stands out: variety.  The extraordinary scope of the issues presented by clients to resolve. Apart from the fact there is nothing better than variety to keep your daily job interesting, 35 years of variables presented to you to deal with... read more

The SAT – reluctant interstate traveller

7th September 2018

Since its inauguration in 2005, the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia (SAT) has expanded exponentially to include more than 154 pieces of statutory legislation. The appeal of the SAT as a less complex, more informal, less procedurally stringent and expedited manner of dispute resolution has gained momentum and traction among the... read more

Planning approval conditions – are they valid?

24th August 2018

The recent decision of Deputy President, Judge Parry, of the State Administrative Tribunal in Prosser v City of Bunbury [2018] WASAT 41 reminds us of the importance for developers to scrutinise the planning approval conditions imposed, as one or more of the conditions may be unlawful. Local Government may impose various types of planning approval... read more