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Simon Davenport KC is a senior commercial and chancery silk who specialises in commercial disputes, civil fraud, insolvency, international arbitration and professional negligence cases both domestically and internationally (and in particular cases involving Russian/CIS clients).
A trusted KC and widely acclaimed as a leading silk in five practice areas in the Legal 500 (Civil Fraud – tier 2, Insolvency, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration and Professional Negligence). Client testimonials cite him as “a leader of choice”, “a strong, fearless and brilliant advocate” who “is loved by his clients for his commitment to their cause”.
He is frequently asked to provide expert opinions on English Law for use in Russian and CIS proceedings and in particular involving trust and contract law. Simon recently wrote in the New Law Journal on Sanctions on can persons on the receiving end of targeted sanctions challenge this designation.
He is currently leading a team acting for BACOL (a large group of policy holders) in a claim against the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago before the Caribbean Court of Justice in the first large group action before the Court.
Simon’s market leading reputation is demonstrated by his recommendations in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for his commercial, fraud, arbitration, insolvency, professional negligence and offshore expertise:
Simon has extensive experience in both domestic and international civil fraud with a particularly significant track record in cases involving Russia/CIS parties. He has become one of the go-to silks for Russian oligarchs when multi-billion pound deals have gone wrong.
Simon has acted for major liquidators on fraud cases and he has encountered a wide breadth of tax fraud for HMRC and liquidators. These cases have included high value MTIC/carousel frauds, failed tax scheme frauds, Ponzi schemes, excise duty frauds, corporation tax frauds and negligible tax value schemes.
His experience also extends to terrorist, gangland and extortion cases involving fraud by organised crime.
Simon has a particular knowledge of claims, including claims potentially running to in excess of £300 million, arising from Libor-rigging events and from related interest rate hedging product sales. He also has a particular interest in similar claims arising from Forex-rigging, and has developed substantial market knowledge in this context
Simon’s practice incorporates commercial work in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, and he advises on various international aspects of Commercial and Insolvency Law, examples include: advising on the position relating to British litigation against the Icelandic banks, the Icelandic Moratoria and the Treasury Freezing Orders and Licenses; representing US companies with UK assets resisting pursuit by English liquidators; the investigation of Panamanian and Bahamian Trust assets as part of a masking operation within a complex fraud; a trust claim within the Lehman Brothers Administrations and litigation including considering a negligence claim against administrators arising out of a huge value Ponzi scheme.
He is able to advise on all aspects regarding the Bribery Act and, in particular, compliance
In commercial actions he has considerable experience of acting in Russian/CIS and Anglo-Indian trade contracts.
He conducts arbitrations as both advocate and arbitrator. He was recently appointed an LCIA arbitrator in an international money exchange claim and has been nominated in a Russian v Russian LCIA commercial reference. He conducted a shipping arbitration (export of steel) as an advocate, Foreign Exchange (Forex) contracts (Open and Closed Forwards) and issues relating to the terms of Letters of Credit as well as a hydrocarbons contract dispute.
Simon conducts arbitrations as both advocate and arbitrator. He was recently appointed an LCIA arbitrator in an international money exchange claim and has been nominated in a Russian v Russian LCIA commercial reference. He conducted a shipping arbitration (export of steel) as an advocate, Foreign Exchange (Forex) contracts (Open and Closed Forwards) and issues relating to the terms of Letters of Credit.
Simon Davenport KC is a noted Insolvency silk. He represents most of the leading insolvency practitioners in all forms of insolvency actions as well as appearing for directors and individuals. He has far-reaching experience of both trials and interlocutory work with frequent applications relating to freezing and search orders and all forms of interlocutory relief.
Much of Simon’s work involves international clients and litigation that is taking place abroad.
Simon regularly acts in professional negligence actions including solicitors, valuers, insurance and other brokers, and accountants and insolvency practitioners.
Simon is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies and other entities through the public access scheme (also known as direct access). Simon has acted, advised and drafted pleadings and documents for a number of individuals and small and medium sized businesses on a direct access basis. He is happy to accept instructions on a direct basis in appropriate cases. If you wish to instruct Simon on a direct basis, please speak to the clerks.
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