Jon Paul is a partner in the firm’s commercial department. He was initially active in both the litigation and commercial departments but now focuses on commercial work, with the notable exception of tax, where he maintains a large tax litigation portfolio. Jon Paul has an active practice that focuses on industrial projects, petroleum and tax law.
His clients include, among others, international and local companies involved in oil and gas, industrial and manufacturing processes, power generation, quarrying, service companies and local conglomerates operating in various sectors. Jon Paul regularly provides advice on a wide range of core petroleum and petroleum-related issues, industrial matters (including foreign direct investment issues), tax, joint ventures, M&A transactions, industrial regulation (including HSE matters) and other commercial/corporate matters. In the course of his career, he advised on and acted in multiple prospective and actualised energy projects, including those involving gas sales, petroleum transportation issues, petroleum terminal optimisation, metallics, LNG, CNG, polypropylene, polyethylene and petrochemicals. He also regularly represents both local and international clients before the Tax Appeal Board on contentious appeals against assessments made by the Board of Inland Revenue.
Jon Paul’s work often involves significant interface with personnel at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago and the Board of Inland Revenue, and he enjoys a good working relationship with the various personnel at these state institutions and companies.
Jon Paul is also recognised in Chambers Global, World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, having first been recognised while he was still an associate.