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Practice Summary

Simon Colton QC undertakes a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration. He has substantial experience in very large-scale and multi-jurisdictional litigation, often involving complex questions of jurisdiction and conflicts of laws and foreign law issues.  He has particular expertise in legal issues arising out in the water industry; in audit negligence; and in the fields of civil procedure, damages, and the law of economic torts and restitution for unjust enrichment.

Simon leads a team of seven Counsel acting for the SFO in ENRC v SFO, one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases for 2021. He is also instructed for the defendant in the high-profile shareholder claim, Various Claimants v G4S Ltd (formerly G4S plc), and for two defendants in Jinxin Inc v Aser Media Pte Ltd, a claim in which in excess of US$ 660 million in damages are sought for deceit and unlawful act conspiracy. Simon was previously instructed in Castle Water Ltd v Thames Water Utilities Ltd (another of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases, which settled in mid-2021); in Sabbagh v Khoury (from 2013 until it settled in 2020); and for Boris Berezovsky in Berezovsky v Abramovich (2009-2012).

Simon's recommendations by Chambers and Partners in Commercial Dispute Resolution include: [2021/2022] "Measured, calm and very impressive. He is very clever - a real intellectual, academic type."; [2020] "Has the ability to produce detailed and compelling drafts at great speed." "He is very bright, very responsive, and just a really good person to have on board."; [2018] "He's a real expert in the law of restitution and is very user-friendly", "He displays excellent written work and advocacy skills, and is brilliant at dealing with the client"; [2017] “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 is recommended by the Legal 500 in Commercial Litigation [2020-21], "An instructing solicitors’ dream. He is highly responsive, a master of civil procedure and process, a great tactician and a simply brilliant advocate". Simon is also recommended by the Legal 500 in Commercial Litigation: [2018-19] ‘An excellent junior silk who represents the next generation.’; [2017] "Thoroughly brilliant; a persuasive advocate and a nice man to deal with"; [2016] “Clever, efficient, nimble and a delight to work with; he should make it to the very top”.

Simon appears regularly before a range of tribunals, most frequently the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal, either alone or as part of a team.  He is comfortable working in Italian and in French, and accepts work involving instructions and documents in those languages.

Simon has given expert evidence on English law for the purpose of foreign proceedings conducted in the United States, Israel and Thailand. In addition to written reports, he has been cross-examined in Israel, and deposed in US 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 a Deputy High Court Judge, sitting in the Family Division and in the London Circuit Commercial Court. He was previously a Recorder and Vice-Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board.

Simon has been the specialist editor of the three chapters on procedure since the 20th (2017) edition of McGregor on Damages, the leading practitioner text.