"He is absolutely brilliant. Literally nothing escapes him in terms of the issues in the case, and he has full mastery of all the details."

Ferociously intellectual, very detailed and highly methodical. He leaves no stone unturned."

Chambers UK Bar 2022

"He is incredibly bright and an absolute go-to barrister for anything that is horrendously complicated."

"Incredibly professional, polite, perceptive, highly intelligent and is able to untangle complex conundrums."

Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

"The quality of his written work is outstanding, and he's meticulous in his attention to detail. He delivers clear advice and robust advocacy time and time again."

Chambers Global 2020

Practice Overview

Simon is an experienced litigator with an international practice.  He has attended court in The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the BVI, has appeared in the Supreme Court in England, and has appeared twice in the Privy Council.  He regularly deals with cases involving millions, and sometimes billions, of pounds. 

Simon appeared (unled) in the multi-billion pound Equitable Life litigation (one of the most contentious cases of the decade) and acted in a stream of major high value disputes, including the huge BTA Bank litigation in the BVI and London (one of the largest cases of the year according to The Lawyer). 

The value which he brings to clients is widely recognised: he is "a mighty intellect and brings piercing analysis and meticulous attention to detail to his work" (Legal 500), he "enjoys a stellar practice" (Chambers Global), "his mastery of complex factual background is hugely impressive" (Legal 500) and he is "a major boost to any legal team" (Chambers UK Bar).

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  • Commercial Litigation

    Commercial Chancery

    Simon is an experienced commercial litigator with an international practice.  He has attended court in The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the BVI, and has appeared twice in the Privy Council.  He has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the BVI. 

    He regularly deals with cases involving tens or hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of pounds.  Simon appeared (unled) in the multi-billion pound Equitable Life litigation (one of the most contentious cases of the decade) and has acted in a stream of major high value disputes, including the huge BTA Bank litigation in the BVI and London (one of the largest cases of the year according to The Lawyer) and a number of high value and hotly contested disputes in Jersey. 

    He has wide experience of dealing with international issues and heavy cases. 

  • Company & Partnership

    Simon is an experienced commercial litigator with an international practice.  He has attended court in The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the BVI, and has appeared twice in the Privy Council.  He has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the BVI. 

    He regularly deals with cases involving tens or hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of pounds.  Simon appeared (unled) in the multi-billion pound Equitable Life litigation (one of the most contentious cases of the decade) and has acted in a stream of major high value disputes, including the huge BTA Bank litigation in the BVI and London (one of the largest cases of the year according to The Lawyer) and a number of high value and hotly contested disputes in Jersey. 

    He has wide experience of dealing with international issues and heavy cases. 

    The value which he brings to clients is widely recognised: he is “a mighty intellect and brings piercing analysis and meticulous attention to detail to his work” (Legal 500), he “enjoys a stellar practice” (Chambers Global), “his mastery of complex factual background is hugely impressive” (Legal 500) and he is “a major boost to any legal team” (Chambers UK Bar).

     

    Directory acknowledgements include:

    "He has a keen analytical mind, is commercial and is very good at advising on tactics."
    Chambers UK Bar 2017 - Company

    "His legal analysis is of the highest quality and he turns work around in tight timeframes"
    Legal 500 2016 - Company

  • Offshore

    Simon is an experienced commercial litigator with an international practice.  He has attended court in The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the BVI, and has appeared twice in the Privy Council.  He has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the BVI. 

    He regularly deals with cases involving tens or hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of pounds.  Simon appeared (unled) in the multi-billion pound Equitable Life litigation (one of the most contentious cases of the decade) and has acted in a stream of major high value disputes, including the huge BTA Bank litigation in the BVI and London (one of the largest cases of the year according to The Lawyer) and a number of high value and hotly contested disputes in Jersey. 

    He has wide experience of dealing with international issues and heavy cases. 

    The value which he brings to clients is widely recognised: he is “a mighty intellect andbrings piercing analysis and meticulous attention to detail to his work” (Legal 500), he “enjoys a stellar practice” (Chambers Global), “his mastery of complex factual background is hugely impressive” (Legal 500) and he is “a major boost to any legal team” (Chambers UK Bar).

  • Property

    Simon is an experienced litigator.  He has attended court in The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the BVI, and has appeared twice in the Privy Council.  He has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the BVI. 

    He regularly deals with cases involving millions, and sometimes billions, of pounds.  Simon appeared (unled) in the multi-billion pound Equitable Life litigation (one of the most contentious cases of the decade) and has acted in a stream of major high value disputes, including the huge BTA Bank litigation in the BVI and London (one of the largest cases of the year according to The Lawyer) and a number of high value and hotly contested disputes in Jersey.  He acted for the London Borough of Lambeth in relation to the applications to register the Undercroft on the Southbank in London as town or village green and as an asset of community value, which attracted widespread media attention. 

    The value which he brings to clients is widely recognised: he is “a mighty intellect and brings piercing analysis and meticulous attention to detail to his work” (Legal 500), “enjoys a stellar practice” (Chambers Global), “his mastery of complex factual background is hugely impressive” (Legal 500) and he is “a major boost to any legal team” (Chambers UK Bar).

  • Civil Fraud

    Simon regularly deals with cases involving tens or hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of pounds. His practice is extremely international. He has attended court in The Bahamas, the Isle of Man and the British Virgin Islands, has appeared in the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean, has appeared in the Supreme Court in England, and has appeared (twice) in the Privy Council. He has had significant involvement in a number of substantial cases in Jersey, and has also been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

     

    Simon’s record includes acting in a stream of major high value and heavyweight cases, including:

    • He appeared (unled) in the multi-billion pound Equitable Life litigation. This was one of the most contentious and highly-reported cases of the decade.
    • He acted extensively in at least seven of the individual proceedings in the multi-billion dollar BTA Bank fraud litigation in the BVI and London, one of the largest cases of the year according to The Lawyer. In several of these cases he was instructed unled, notwithstanding the exceptional amounts involved. He appeared both in England and the BVI.
    • He appeared in the heavyweight Oracle Fund litigation, a claim pleaded for nearly $200 million, appearing twice in The Bahamas (at first instance and in the Court of Appeal) and also appearing in the Privy Council.
    • He acted extensively in the heavyweight Bitel v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel litigation, a claim for over $600 million, attending court twice in the Isle of Man (both at first instance and on appeal) and also appearing in the Privy Council.
    • He acted extensively in the heavyweight Lamane dispute in the BVI, appearing both at first instance and on appeal to the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean.
    • He acted extensively in the long-running and hotly-contested Re Estate of C litigation in Jersey, a dispute over a $1 billion estate raising issues spanning numerous jurisdictions.
    • He appeared in the Aziz litigation in England, a dispute centred on a £1 billion trust and company structure which made international headlines.
    • He had extensive involvement in the long-running and closely-fought Pirrwitz v AI/PI litigation in Jersey, which required two three-week trials and numerous other hearings.
    • He acted extensively in the Teekay v Diamond Pacific litigation, led by a silk from Brick Court Chambers, involving shares valued at nearly $60 million.
    • He was instructed by two global solicitors’ firms (by the Cayman office of one and the Hong Kong office of the other) in relation to a $2.2 billion shareholders’ dispute in the Cayman Islands over a well-known global company and which threatened the very existence of the company.
    • He has appeared in high value international commercial arbitrations in Paris and London.
    • He appeared in the Supreme Court in England in relation to a complex legal point which potentially affected a significant part of the NHS property portfolio.
    • He is currently instructed in two further appeals to the Supreme Court, subject to obtaining permission to appeal.
    • He is currently instructed in an unfair prejudice dispute concerning a company seeking to enforce an arbitration award against a sovereign state for in excess of $10 billion, said to be one of the two largest arbitration enforcement projects in the world.
    • He is instructed in a fraudulent misrepresentation claim for in excess of $55 million arising from a sale of shares in a BVI company from one Cayman Islands company to another.
    • He is instructed by an Italian investor in a fraudulent misrepresentation claim for several million pounds arising from the sale of shares in a global financial services company shortly before a private equity investment which valued the group at $1 billion.
    • He is currently instructed in a complex international claim for several million pounds arising from the alleged misapplication of funds of two Cypriot trusts and the alleged fraudulent concealment of those investments. The case involves several different systems of law, jurisdictional disputes and a claim for a worldwide freezing order.
  • Directory Recommendations

    The value Simon brings to clients is widely recognised: he is “a mighty intellect and brings piercing analysis and meticulous attention to detail to his work” (Legal 500), he “enjoys a stellar practice” (Chambers Global), “his mastery of complex factual background is hugely impressive” (Legal 500) and he is “a major boost to any legal team” (Chambers UK Bar).

    "He is technically superb and the quality of his written work is excellent."
    Chambers UK Bar & Chambers Global 2017 - Chancery Commercial

    "His legal analysis is of the highest quality and he is a pleasure to work with"
    Legal 500 2016 - Commercial Litigation

    "He is extremely intelligent and takes a very thorough and cerebral approach. He is completely on top of the detail." "No question is too complex for him." 
    Chambers UK Bar 2016 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

    “He is absolutely brilliant. Literally nothing escapes him in terms of the issues in the case, and he has full mastery of all the detail.” - Chambers UK Bar 2022

    "He has an easy and persuasive advocacy style; solicitors wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him." - Commercial Litigation - Legal 500 2017 

    "Very, very personable, extremely astute and highly intelligent." - Commercial Dispute Resolution - Chambers UK Bar 2018

    "He is phenomenally bright, and thorough and detailed in his approach." - Company - Chambers UK Bar 2020

    "... pleasant and responsive manner. He's good with clients in conferences and is able to explain complicated matters in language they understand." - Chancery Commercial - Chambers UK Bar 2020.

    "Exceptionally well organised and completely on top of the detail. He really drills down into a case and is on top of every point." - Commercial Chancery Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global 2020.

    "He has an exceptional ability to grasp and elucidate the principles at the heart of any issue"  - Company, Legal 500 2020.

  • Additional Information

    Awards

    Triple first in law at Cambridge

    Came top in the University in each of the three years of his law degree, plus a Starred First in his first year

    LL.M. (Harvard Law School)

    Awarded a large number of University and College prizes and scholarships

    Awarded Hardwicke, Mansfield and Denning scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn

    Awarded a Kennedy Scholarship for Harvard Law School


    Professional Appointments

    Former Treasurer of the Chancery Bar Association

    Former member of the Chancery Division Court Users’ Committee

    One of the Chancery Bar Association’s representatives in relation to H.M. Court Service’s proposed “E-Working Project”


    Memberships

    Chancery Bar Association

    Bar Pro Bono Unit


    Languages

    Good working knowledge of French


    Publications

    Contributor to Lewin on Trusts (19th edition)

    Contributor to Lewin on Trusts (20th edition)

    Contributor to The Law of Freedom of Information (3rd edition)

    Author of Assets of Community Value: Law and Practice (1st edition)

    Author of various articles in the legal press and online