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Practice Summary

Simon Gilson undertakes a broad range of commercial work in both litigation and arbitration.

Recent work includes acting for Deutsche Bank AG (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Saul Lemer) in circa €500m litigation arising out of the collapse of Kaupthing bank; for a Nigerian subsidiary of a major international oil company (with David Wolfson QC) in a s.67 jurisdiction challenge before the Commercial Court; and for News Group Newspapers Ltd (with Antony White QC and Anthony Hudson QC, among others) in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation, arising out of allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World.

In litigation, Simon currently advises certain ECN noteholders (with David Wolfson QC) in relation to Lloyds’ proposed redemption of around £3.3bn contingent convertible bonds, and has appeared for Mr Leonid Lebedev (with Lord Grabiner QC and Orlando Gledhill) in connection with a US$2bn dispute arising out of a joint venture in the oil industry. Work in restitution and unjust enrichment includes acting for a group of golf clubs (with Max Schlote) in claims for restitution of overpaid VAT, and advising Manchester City Council in connection with the levying of allegedly unlawful taxi licence fees (with Gerald Gouriet QC).

In arbitration, Simon assisted Kenneth MacLean QC in a £200m+ gas supply dispute in southeast Asia (UNCITRAL) and acts for the claimant (with Nicholas Sloboda) in LCIA proceedings in connection with the Russian and CIS internet games market (raising issues of foreign law illegality and Russian competition law).

In addition to led work, Simon advises in his own right on a range of commercial and other disputes, including specialist areas such as the sale of goods and consumer credit, and regularly appears in court as sole advocate on behalf of individuals and companies. As sole advocate, he has undertaken a number of County Court trials and applications and appeared in various insolvency and company law matters in the High Court.

Simon is proficient in French and Spanish.