Paula Makwana

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I am a senior commercial and TMT lawyer providing clients with pragmatic advice across a wide range of technology and commercial matters.

Before joining Arbor, I spent time as the sole Legal Counsel in the Paris office of Econocom (subsidiary of Société Générale), advising on all legal aspects of the UK, Irish and Dutch entities; Legal Counsel to the MRI manufacturing and healthcare divisions at Siemens; Senior Legal Counsel to the customer, network, technology and operation divisions at Virgin Media; and Head of Legal, Technology and International divisions of Royal Mail.

Legal Specialties

I have over 20 years’ experience, with particular expertise in advising clients on technology, procurement and sales matters. I have been the lead legal advisor across a number of divisions in numerous large, multinational, FTSE companies both in the UK and abroad.

Having had key involvement in the strategies needed to improve and transform businesses, I have excellent internal and external relationship management skills.

What Clients Say

“Paula is the embodiment of a highly commercial lawyer. She immediately gets to the root of the issue and works collaboratively to find pragmatic solutions. Paula has a great ability to explain complex legal issues to her stakeholders, who have full trust in her technical skills and judgement. She is never fazed and is always extremely calm and focused. Above all, Paula is a great colleague and a delight to work with.” “Paula has an ability to maintain the commercial objective, working collaboratively to achieve goals, whilst clearly being an expert in her own field. I particularly appreciate Paula's willingness to share context or rationale, as it develops the knowledge and understanding of those that work with her. The combination of these traits and skills, as well as being hugely personable, make Paula a highly valued colleague.”

Behind the lawyer

If I’m not at the gym, I’m spending time with my family and friends and enjoying the Dubai sunshine.


  • College of Law, Guildford (LPC)
  • University of Surrey (BSc (Hons) Law and French)


  • English
  • French