Simon Paul

Simon Paul

Call 2013

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Expertise

Notable Administrative & Public Law Cases


Instructed (with Sir Francis Jacobs) in two applications before the European Court of Human Rights against the Russian Federation (Articles 3, 5 and 6) arising from the imprisonment of airport staff following a terrorist incident at Domodedovo Airport in 2011.

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


Substantial experience acting as sole counsel in relation to claims under Regulation 261/2004, the Montreal Convention, and in relation to airlines’ Conditions of Carriage.


Goddard v Etihad

Acting for an airline as the successful respondent in an appeal concerning whether pilot sickness is an extraordinary circumstance under Regulation 261/2004.


Acting for the claimant in a helicopter pilot’s negligence claim, arising from engine over-speed (with John Taylor QC).

Simon has obtained experience in a wide range of banking and finance matters.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


JP Morgan "London Whale"

Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC and Farhaz Khan) to act for a former synthetic credit derivatives trader alleged to have mismarked the trading book in the context of circa. $9 billion trading losses, leading to US and UK regulatory and criminal proceedings.


Claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974

Acting for a bank in a successful strike out application concerning the effect of the transitional provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 2006.


Substantial experience in PPI related claims, including issues of limitation and the FCA redress scheme.


Claims in relation to fraudulent payments

Advising and appearing in claims arising from fraudulent payments, including under the Payment Services Regulations 2009.


Three-month secondment in the Financial Markets and Commercial Disputes Group of Dentons UKMEA LLP, gaining wide experience in litigation concerning interest rate hedging products and other financial instruments.


Advising in relation to potential claims arising out of financing of luxury property portfolios (with Richard Lissack QC).

Simon has experience in a variety of civil fraud matters as both sole and junior counsel, including claims involving allegations of deceit, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, undue influence, bribery and breach of fiduciary duty. In recognition of his experience in civil fraud, Simon has been appointed to the SFO’s Panel of external counsel (Proceeds of Crime, Panel B).

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Group Seven Litigation

Instructed (with Jeffrey Chapman QC and Simon Atrill) in claims in dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy against multiple defendants (including a firm of solicitors and a Swiss bank) arising out of a €100 million fraud. Simon appeared for the successful claimants in 40-day Chancery Division trial ([2018] P.N.L.R. 6) and five-day appeal to the Court of Appeal ([2019] 3 W.L.R. 1011), a leading authority on dishonesty in civil fraud post-Ivey and vicarious liability in commercial fraud.


Karam Al Sadeq/Jihad Quzmar v Dechert LLP & Ors

Instructed (with Edward Fitzgerald QC, John Brisby QC and Alastair Tomson) for claimants in two claims under UAE law against Dechert LLP and current or former partners, arising out of investigation into alleged civil and criminal fraud in Ras Al-Khaimah.


Acting (with Charles Béar QC and Alexander Milner) in a confidential LCIA arbitration and related High Court proceedings, arising out of an alleged fraud on a Russian bank, with quantum of in the region of $500 million, culminating in a five-week remote trial in August 2020.


Acting for the defendants in a claim involving allegations of bribery / breach of fiduciary duty arising from the award of procurement contracts in the construction industry, including freezing and disclosure orders (with Charles Béar QC and John Brisby QC).


Instructed by the claimant as sole counsel in a claim in deceit and breach of fiduciary duty brought against a professional trustee in relation to misappropriation of trust assets, including an application for a freezing order.


Acting as sole counsel for claimant in international fraud claim against multiple defendants involving permission to serve out in three jurisdictions.


Acting as sole counsel for the defendant/respondent in tracing / knowing receipt claim arising from a £33 million fraud in respect of a film financing scheme.


Acting (with Robin Barclay QC) for the defendants in a multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claim arising out of an allegedly fraudulent peer-to-peer lending scheme, with related criminal proceedings.

Simon has significant experience in the field of commercial crime. He is appointed to the SFO Panel of Counsel (Proceeds of Crime, Panel B) and has general experience as a CPS Advocate Panel Member, prosecuting cases in both the Magistrates and Youth Courts.

He is also a contributor to Lissack & Horlick on Bribery (Third Edition, 2020) (Chapter on Criminal Sentence and Regulatory Sanctions, with Robin Barclay QC).

Notable Commercial Crime Cases


Karam Al Sadeq/Jihad Quzmar v Dechert LLP & Ors

Instructed (with Edward Fitzgerald QC, John Brisby QC and Alastair Tomson) for claimants in two claims under UAE law against Dechert LLP and current or former partners, arising out of their conduct of investigation into alleged criminal and civil frauds, and in related privilege issues arising in a global investigation context (with Tamara Oppenheimer QC).


JP Morgan "London Whale"

Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC and Farhaz Khan) to act for a former synthetic credit derivatives trader alleged to have mismarked the trading book in the context of circa. $9 billion trading losses leading to US and UK regulatory and criminal proceedings.


Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC) by a large multi-national in relation to an internal investigation and potential self-report concerning multi-jurisdictional bribery issues.


Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC and Eleanor Davison) in the successful defence of a corporate insurer in the first prosecution under s.56(2) Data Protection Act 1998, following a jury trial at Southwark Crown Court.


Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC) by the corporate defendant in a health and safety prosecution under s.33(1)(c) Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Simon has experience in a wide range of commercial disputes, including advising on the interpretation of contractual provisions in a broad range of sectors, and acting in several matters involving allegations of breach of confidence.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Instructed by the claimant (with Derrick Dale QC) in a substantial claim in (inter alia) breach of confidence arising out of property development scheme.


Goodlife Foods Ltd v Hall Fire Protection Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1371; [2018] B.L.R. 491

Acting for the successful respondent in the appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning UCTA 1977 in a claim arising out of the supply of a fire suppressant system (with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC).


Advising and acting in claims involving construction of guarantees (with James Cutress QC).


Instructed as sole counsel for the defendants in a breach of confidence claim, including allegations of breaches of post-employment restrictive covenants / injunctive relief for alleged misuse of confidential information and trade secrets.


Acting as sole counsel for the defendant in Chancery Division proceedings involving claims and counterclaim arising out of a joint venture agreement in relation to sale and importation of textiles and related stock.


Instructed as sole counsel by a firm of accountants in relation to a claim against a former client for breach of retainer.

Simon has experience, both led and as sole counsel, in applying for and responding to applications for interim injunctive relief, including freezing orders and springboard injunctions.

Notable Commercial Disputes - Injunctions Cases


Acting for the respondent (with Charles Béar QC) in return date for application for freezing and disclosure orders arising out of a bribery claim, raising novel issues of the scope of the Norwich Pharmacal jurisdiction and ancillary disclosure orders.


Acting for the applicant (as sole counsel) in an application for a freezing order concerning claims in deceit and breach of fiduciary duty brought by a settlor of a trust against a professional trustee.


Acting for the applicant (as sole counsel) in an application for an interim injunction in a claim for breach of a financial broker’s exclusive agency agreement.


Acting for the respondent (as sole counsel) in an application for a worldwide freezing order/proprietary injunction and ancillary disclosure orders in a £33 million claim in relation to a film financing scheme. The application raised issues about the interaction between civil freezing jurisdiction and criminal confiscation orders.


Aquinas v Miller [2018] I.R.L.R. 518

Acting for the applicant (with Adam Tolley QC) in an application for an injunction to recover, erase and restrain the misuse of confidential information, including interim springboard relief, in a claim arising out of a scheme whereby employees set up a competitor company and diverted business opportunities during their employment.

Notable Financial Services Cases


JP Morgan London Whale

Instructed (with Richard Lissack QC and Farhaz Khan) in relation to an appeal from a decision of the Upper Tribunal concerning identification under s.393 FSMA.

Simon has been one of three editors of MacGllivray on Insurance Law since 2016. Simon regularly gives seminars to law firms about insurance law and related topics.

Notable Insurance Cases


FCA Business Interruption Insurance test case

Acting (with Ben Lynch QC and Nathalie Koh) for the Hiscox Action Group in appeal to Supreme Court in landmark test case concerning whether policies respond to COVID-19 related losses.


Acting and advising the claimant in a claim under the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010, arising from a liability policy.


Instructed as sole counsel to advise an insured in relation to limitation and coverage issues arising out of a property insurance policy.


Advising in claims concerning COVID-19 related business interruption losses (as sole counsel).


Acting for policyholders in confidential arbitration concerning COVID-19 related losses (with Ben Lynch QC and Nathalie Koh).


Acting in dispute concerning W&I insurance policy (with Ben Lynch QC).


Acting (with Akhil Shah QC) in Bermuda Form dispute.


Instructed by a major airport in a claim against primary and excess layer insurers and a broker in a dispute arising out of the construction of a multi-story car park (with Nik Yeo and David Johnson).


Advising (with James Cutress QC) the insured in relation to coverage issues arising out of excess public and products liability policy.

Notable International Arbitration Cases


CDE v NOP [2022] 4 W.L.R. 6

Acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC) for successful respondents in anonymised appeal to Court of Appeal concerning arbitral confidentiality and open justice.


A v B

Acting (with Charles Béar QC and Alexander Milner) in five-week remote LCIA arbitration in August 2020, concerning an alleged fraud on a Russian bank, with quantum in the region of $500 million.


X v Y

Acting (with Charles Béar QC) for the successful claimant in confidential LCIA arbitration claiming circa $190 million in a dispute arising out of agreements relating to the division of international assets.


Instructed (as sole counsel) for the successful defendants in an ad hoc international arbitration concerning a dispute about allegedly contaminated medical supplements, involving issues of illegality and misrepresentation.


Instructed (as sole counsel) to advise in relation to a potential LCIA arbitration concerning breach of a concession agreement, with quantum in the region of $250 million.

Simon frequently advises and acts in cases raising complex privilege issues.

Notable Privilege, Confidentiality & Conflicts of Interest Cases


Karam Al Sadeq v Dechert LLP & Ors

Appearing (with Tamara Oppenheimer QC) in two- day hearing in 2021 concerning various privilege issues (including a challenge under the crime-fraud/iniquity exception) in the context of an investigation into alleged criminal and civil fraud in Ras Al-Khaimah.


Appearing (with Charles Béar QC) in challenge to LAP/LiP under the crime-fraud/iniquity exception in confidential commercial arbitration.

Reported Product Liability Cases


Goodlife Foods Ltd v Hall Fire Protection Ltd[2018] EWCA Civ 1371; [2018] B.L.R. 491

Acting for the successful respondent in the appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning UCTA 1977 in a claim arising out of the supply of a fire suppressant system (with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC).

Notable Professional Discipline Cases


SRA v Naqvi [2020] EWHC 1394 (Admin); [2020] All ER (D) 10 (Jun)

Acting as sole counsel for the SRA as successful respondent to an appeal from a SDT decision striking off a solicitor, involving issues of entrapment.


SRA v Signey

Instructed by SRA (with Edward Levey) in a three-day hearing in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal concerning the failed Axiom fund.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


Instructed (with Stephen Moriarty QC) to advise a Magic Circle law firm concerning liability in professional negligence arising from a M&A transaction.


Acting (with Nik Yeo and David Johnson) for the claimant in an insurance broker’s negligence claim arising from alleged failure to notify claims.


Instructed (as sole counsel) to advise in a potential claim against conveyancing solicitors in relation to failure to disclose sub-sales to the lender during a mortgage application process.


Acting (with John Taylor QC) in a helicopter pilot’s negligence claim arising from engine overspeed.

  • LLM, Harvard Law School (2014)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School, Very Competent (modules graded Outstanding included Advanced Civil, Civil Advocacy and Commercial) (2013)
  • GDL, BPP Law School, Distinction (2012)
  • MPhil, Political Thought and Intellectual History, Robinson College, Cambridge (2011)
  • BSc (Hons.), Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method, London School of Economics & Political Science, First Class Honours (2009)

  • Harvard Law School, Dean’s Scholar Prize, International Commercial Arbitration
  • Harvard Law School, Dean’s Scholar Prize, Global Law & Governance
  • Gray’s Inn, Mould Scholarship (Senior Scholarship for Pupillage)
  • Gray’s Inn, Bedingfield Scholarship
  • Gray’s Inn, CPE Award
  • Kaplan Law School, Marina Catovsky Scholarship
  • BPP Law School, Dean’s Scholarship
  • Winner of Gray’s Inn Moot Competition 2013/Richard Du Cann Prize for Excellence in Advocacy
  • Three-month secondment in Financial Markets and Commercial Disputes Group of Dentons UKMEA LLP (October to December 2015).
  • Harvard Law School Prison Legal Assistant Project, Student Attorney. Provided advocacy to prison inmates in disciplinary hearings.
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2014, Judge at International Rounds of public international law mooting competition, held in Washington DC
  • Advisor at Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre (October 2015 to October 2016).
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit, Panel Member.
  • CPS Advocate Panel Member, 2020-2024
  • Appointed to the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime Panel B, 2020-2024

  • MacGillivray on Insurance Law, co-author (since 1st Supplement to 13th Edition, 2016)
  • Lissack & Horlick on Bribery (Third Edition, 2020), contributor (chapter on Criminal Sentence and Regulatory Sanctions, with Robin Barclay QC)
  • “Governing from the Margins: the European Court of Human Rights’ Margin of Appreciation Doctrine as a Tool of Global Governance”, Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, Vol 12 (2016)
  • “Cross Examination by Multiple Counsel”, co-authored (with Henry King), Counsel Magazine, July 2015

  • French (basic)
  • Turkish (advanced)

For enquiries please contact

Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3771
Click here to email

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3709
Click here to email

  • LLM, Harvard Law School (2014)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School, Very Competent (modules graded Outstanding included Advanced Civil, Civil Advocacy and Commercial) (2013)
  • GDL, BPP Law School, Distinction (2012)
  • MPhil, Political Thought and Intellectual History, Robinson College, Cambridge (2011)
  • BSc (Hons.), Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method, London School of Economics & Political Science, First Class Honours (2009)

  • Harvard Law School, Dean’s Scholar Prize, International Commercial Arbitration
  • Harvard Law School, Dean’s Scholar Prize, Global Law & Governance
  • Gray’s Inn, Mould Scholarship (Senior Scholarship for Pupillage)
  • Gray’s Inn, Bedingfield Scholarship
  • Gray’s Inn, CPE Award
  • Kaplan Law School, Marina Catovsky Scholarship
  • BPP Law School, Dean’s Scholarship
  • Winner of Gray’s Inn Moot Competition 2013/Richard Du Cann Prize for Excellence in Advocacy
  • Three-month secondment in Financial Markets and Commercial Disputes Group of Dentons UKMEA LLP (October to December 2015).
  • Harvard Law School Prison Legal Assistant Project, Student Attorney. Provided advocacy to prison inmates in disciplinary hearings.
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2014, Judge at International Rounds of public international law mooting competition, held in Washington DC
  • Advisor at Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre (October 2015 to October 2016).
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit, Panel Member.
  • CPS Advocate Panel Member, 2020-2024
  • Appointed to the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime Panel B, 2020-2024

  • MacGillivray on Insurance Law, co-author (since 1st Supplement to 13th Edition, 2016)
  • Lissack & Horlick on Bribery (Third Edition, 2020), contributor (chapter on Criminal Sentence and Regulatory Sanctions, with Robin Barclay QC)
  • “Governing from the Margins: the European Court of Human Rights’ Margin of Appreciation Doctrine as a Tool of Global Governance”, Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, Vol 12 (2016)
  • “Cross Examination by Multiple Counsel”, co-authored (with Henry King), Counsel Magazine, July 2015

  • French (basic)
  • Turkish (advanced)

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