Simon is “a star of the future … very clever” (Legal 500). He has been shortlisted three times in the past four years as Banking and Finance Junior of the Year in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards and was named “Star of the Bar” by Legal Week. He has been involved in some of the largest scale commercial litigation in recent years, both domestically and overseas. For example, in the last six months alone he has been instructed in the Financial List hearing of a US$3billion claim against Ukraine arising from a loan arrangement with the Russian Federation (one of The Lawyer’s top cases of 2017), a three-month civil fraud trial in the Chancery Division arising from misappropriation of 100 million and involving allegations against solicitors, accountants and Swiss bankers and the Commercial Court trial of a claim against Mike Ashley for £14 million arising from an alleged oral agreement reached in a pub.
During the past few years, he was instructed in the four-month Commercial Court trial of JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov and others, the three-month trial of Group Seven v Sultana (plus appeal), by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago in the three-year Commission of Enquiry into the collapse of a multi-billion dollar banking and insurance conglomerate, in a series of interest rate swap and derivative disputes (including litigation arising from alleged manipulation of LIBOR), a major dispute arising from pollution of a river in Wisconsin (listed for a two-month trial) and the allocation of responsibility for the clean-up costs totalling hundreds of millions of dollars and acted for Barclays Bank (led by Iain Milligan QC/Jonathan Sumption QC and Andrew Mitchell) in the OFT bank charges litigation. In addition to High Court litigation and arbitrations in the UK, he has recently been instructed in cases in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong and Trinidad and Tobago.
Simon’s wider commercial practice has included instructions in relation to numerous large-scale commercial cases, including a substantial fraud claim involving multi-jurisdictional freezing orders (Intercontinental Bank v Akingbola, led by Michael Bloch QC), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi AFJ v Ferrero Group and others  EWHC 1276 (Ch) (appellate stage), a $1bn Russian oil and gas dispute, a significant telecommunications dispute involving two of the world’s richest men and several large insurance disputes.