Our Firm

PJ Legal was founded by Paul Johnson in 2017 and is becoming the go-to boutique commodities law firm in the market.

The PJ Legal partners are highly experienced commodities lawyers who have worked in major international law firms and have held senior roles in banks and commodities trading companies. 

Our clients are commodity trading companies, commodity funds and banks in London, Geneva Russia and the Asia Pacific.

The firm provides legal advice, structuring and risk management services across all major commodities in relation to:

  • Physical commodities: trading,
  • Physical commodities: shipping, transportation and storage/warehousing,
  • OTC commodity derivatives,
  • Exchange traded and cleared commodity futures,
  • Commodity finance,
  • Trade finance,
  • Commodity murahaba transactions, and
  • Commodities regulatory and sanctions.

The firm covers all major commodities, including base and precious metals, oil/products, LNG, gas, power, coal, iron ore, freight and agricultural products.

With offices in London, Portsmouth and Singapore, clients have 24-hour access to us.

As we have grown our vision remains unchanged: “to be the go-to boutique commodities law firm in the market.”



The diversity of our client base and legal team makes us
better at what we do.


We believe strong business relationships
are founded on honest and transparent


Our ever-evolving approach to problem
solving yields results and sets us apart
from our competitors.


Relevant and precise communication
enriches our client relationships and
helps us deliver better legal advice.

Commodities Experts At Your Disposal

Paul Johnson

Managing Partner - PJ Legal Europe Limited

Paul is a solicitor (qualified in England in 1990, and Hong Kong in 1993). He has specialised in commodities, physical trading and shipping, commodity finance and commodity derivatives for his entire career. He was previously a pupil barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers, a solicitor at Reed Smith (formerly Richards Butler) for 5 years, and […]

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Justin Boyd

Managing Partner - PJ Legal Asia LLP

Justin has over 28 years’ legal and regulatory experience in commodities trading, origination and financing, wholesale banking, bank regulation, energy project development, financial derivatives and corporate transactions. Justin has held senior in-house legal and regulatory risk positions, and has been a partner of an international law firm. Most recently, he was the Global Co-Head (Legal) […]

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PJ Legal: the specialist commodities law firm.

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