England and Wales:
2004 : Appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a Lay Magistrate (Cambridge Bench, UK). Remains in the Supplemental List for England.
2007 : Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors
2011 : Solicitor Advocate (All Proceedings – Civil and Criminal)
2012 : Called to the Bar
Barrister of the Supreme Court of Cameroon with higher rights of audience (all proceedings – civil and criminal).
Dr Chiy is an Arbitrator with the Cameroon Centre d’ Arbitrage Du GICAM.
Paul’s experience spans the public and private sectors of both developed and developing countries and straddles all the three arms of government (the judiciary, executive and legislature). He advised Her Majesty Government (HMG), including the Department of International Development (DFID), Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a Deployable Civilian Expert (DCE) and member of the UK Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG). He helped establish the Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) and provided bespoke legal (England and Wales) and financial services to domestic and international private sector clients and donor agencies. He previously headed the disputes and regulatory compliance departments at Sherman Phillips Solicitors in London; served in various legal capacities for over seven years with the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem); served for seven years as a magistrate on the Cambridge Bench; and worked as a researcher at the University of Cambridge and the University of Wales, Bangor.
His numerous academic credentials include a PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor; a Master of Law from Queen Mary, University of London; an MSc from Anglia Ruskin University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice; a Bachelor of Laws; and a BSc from the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1998 he was featured in the prestigious publication Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering for demonstrating “outstanding achievement in their field of endeavour and who have, thereby, contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society.” Dr Chiy is the author of over 30 publications in refereed international journals, one book and a regular conference speaker. At the moment, Paul is also a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Cameroon and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Saint Monica University.
Dr Chiy is passionate about equality of opportunity and equal opportunities and empowerment of aspiring individuals and organisations to access those opportunities, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds and organisations that support them. He is the founder of Opportunity Foundation, a charitable incorporated social enterprise established to promote access to and social mobility and meritocracy in the legal, accountancy, medical and engineering profession.