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Practice Summary

Simon Colton QC undertakes a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration. He has particular experience in very large-scale and multi-jurisdictional litigation, often involving complex questions of jurisdiction and conflicts of laws.

Recent high-profile cases include Berezovsky v Abramovich, in which Simon acted for Boris Berezovsky from 2009 to 2012; Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office in which he is now Leading Counsel for the SFO; and Banco Santander Totta v Carris, the first Financial List trial, in which he acted for the successful claimant in both the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal.

Simon is recommended by the Legal 500 in Commercial Litigation (“Clever, efficient, nimble and a delight to work with; he should make it to the very top”) and by Chambers and Partners in Commercial Dispute Resolution (“Exceptionally intelligent and incisive, he's versatile and a talented communicator", "A fantastic team player who gets to the heart of issues with speed and clarity").

Simon appears regularly before a range of tribunals, most frequently the Commercial Court, either alone or as part of a team.  He is comfortable working in Italian and in French, and regularly accepts work involving instructions and documents in those languages. Simon has also given written and oral testimony as an expert in English law in foreign proceedings.

Simon was formerly a member of the Attorney-General’s ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel, and has continued to appear as Leading Counsel for a range of Government departments in a number of commercial matters.

Simon is Vice-Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board.