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Practice Summary

Simon Colton undertakes a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration. He has particular experience in very large-scale and multi-jurisdictional litigation, often involving complex issues of English and foreign law.

Recent high-profile cases include Berezovsky v Abramovich, in which Simon acted as the leading junior for Boris Berezovsky from 2009 to 2012; Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office in which he was senior junior for the SFO; and Banco Santander Totta v Carris, the first Financial List trial, in which he was senior junior for the successful claimant.

Simon is recommended as a leading junior both by the Legal 500 in Commercial Litigation (“Likely to become a massive star – comfortable with the most demanding cases”) 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, both alone and with a leader.  He is comfortable working in Italian and in French, and regularly accepts work involving instructions and documents, and giving oral advice, in those languages. Simon has also given written and oral testimony as an expert in English law in foreign proceedings.

Simon is a member of the Attorney-General's 'A' Panel of Counsel, and a Vice-Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board.