Simon is experienced in acting on Russia and CIS-related fraud cases, and advising clients in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors.
The Legal 500 UK 2015
A “highly rated litigator“.
The Legal 500 UK 2019
Simon is “an excellent litigator, constantly striving for ways to improve a case or undermine his opponents“.
The Legal 500 UK 2019
Clients say that Simon is a go-to lawyer when the stakes are exceptionally high because his judgment is crystal clear.
Chambers UK 2016
Simon is very clear-sighted and capable of identifying clear strategies for his clients to pursue.
Chambers UK 2017
“Simon Bushell has an impressive civil fraud practice, regularly advising clients on international disputes involving highly sophisticated frauds.“
Chambers UK 2019
“He has a good idea of what he can achieve, not just legally but commercially, and he has the drive and willingness to push a point if he thinks thats the way forward.”
Chambers UK 2019
Sources describe Simon as “a very determined and forceful litigator.“
Chambers UK 2019
Simon is regarded as a practitioner who focuses on cases strengths.
The Legal 500 UK 2014
Simon combines an outstanding legal mind with a commercial, strategic and straight-talking approach.
Chambers UK 2011
Simon is described as a hard-hitting litigator.
Chambers UK 2012
Simon is noted for his intuitive flair for handling disputes arising from the CIS and his ability to leverage his understanding of the region to achieve commercial objectives on behalf of his clients.
Chambers UK 2013
Sources report that he has a very good tactical sense and is very good at shifting from attack mode to negotiation mode.
Chambers UK 2014
Simon is hailed by clients as a ‘very pragmatic, commercial and sensible fraud practitioner.’
Chambers UK 2015
Simon Bushell specialises in international commercial litigation and arbitration, including civil fraud and asset tracing.
Prior to joining Signature, Simon was the chair of the London Litigation practice of Latham & Watkins, and prior to that, a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. Simon has over 28 years’ experience in high stakes commercial litigation.
Simon acts for a broad range of clients, including large corporates, private equity houses, financial institutions, banks and ultra-high net worth individuals, in addition to foreign government agencies and state-owned companies. He has undertaken investigations into complex, worldwide frauds, conspiracies and insolvencies, and has wide experience in coordinating parallel cross border disputes and proceedings before a number of courts and tribunals.
Simon regularly advises on high value complex commercial disputes, including investment banking disputes, breaches of trust and fiduciary duty, professional negligence, money laundering, bribery and corruption, shareholder disputes, as well as a wide range of general commercial disputes.
Simon has a strong reputation for his commercial awareness, and strategic thinking which is coupled with his team leadership skills in managing large, complex cross border issues.
Simon is General Editor of ‘International Fraud and Asset Tracing’, ‘Getting the Deal Through Dispute Resolution’ and is co-author of ‘Disclosure of Information: Norwich Pharmacal and Related Principles’ (second edition), which has been described as an “invaluable text for practitioners”.
Simon is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars involving a range of subjects, including cross border litigation, fraud and asset tracing, crisis management, and international arbitration.
Simon is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2020 for his civil fraud and commercial litigation expertise, and is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for his banking litigation work. The Legal 500 notes Simon is “an excellent litigator, constantly striving for ways to improve a case or undermine his opponents”, a “force-field of drive and determination” and he is “highly rated for high-stakes Russian and CIS-related disputes”. Chambers UK describes him as a “truly exceptional lawyer” and he has also been ranked as a Foreign Expert for his Russian dispute resolution work in Chambers Global. Simon became involved in Russian and CIS related disputes nearly two decades ago and continues regularly to handle matters with a connection to the region. Recognised for being “very clear-sighted and capable of identifying clear strategies for his clients to pursue“, Simon has been consistently ranked in Bands 1 and 2 for his civil fraud expertise in Chambers UK over many years. He has also been regularly featured in the Who’s Who Guide to the World’s Leading Business Lawyers.
- Representing Bluewaters Communications in relation to its High Court claims against Bernie Ecclestone, Bayerische Landesbank, Bambino Holdings Limited, and others arising from the sale of a controlling stake in Formula One to CVC Capital Partners, which resulted in the conviction of BLB’s senior executive, Gerhard Gribkowsky. This case has been recognised by The Lawyer as one of the Top 20 cases of 2018.
- Representing the administrators of a collapsed US investment bank in claims worth €100 million relating to the close out of an €5 billion portfolio of government bonds.
- Representing a US mining company in the recovery of provisory notes with a face value of £10 billion issued as a result of fraudulent inducements.
- Representing a London mini-cab trade body in judicial review proceedings regarding Transport for London’s regulation of a leading “disruptive” mini-cab platform.
- Representing a global professional services firm in High Court proceedings relating to a market-defining team move in the restructuring and insolvency sector.
- Leading an employee fraud investigation on behalf of an Eastern European subsidiary of a large pharmaceutical company.
- Advising a Middle Eastern private wealth fund in relation to a multi-billion dollar fraud involving large scale bribery, embezzlement and mismanagement across the EMEA region.
- Advising a global chemicals company in relation to conspiracy claims arising from the theft of confidential information and the unlawful setting up of a rival business.
- Representing a private equity backed transport company in relation to a judicial review of HMRC.
- Acting for a major Russian bank in a LCIA arbitration relating to loans in the power sector.
- Acting for a global shopping centre owner and developer in relation to a joint venture dispute.
- Advising the supervisory and management boards of a Baltic bank in relation to fraud claims, and related asset tracing and enforcement issues
- Advising the sellers of an iconic work of art in relation to an alleged conspiracy.
- Advising the seller of a valuable work of contemporary art in relation to secret commissions received by his agent, and the subsequent recovery of the piece, including freezing injunctions, and parallel proceedings in New York.
- Advising a major auction house in relation to the alleged negligent attribution of a work claimed to be by John Constable.
- Representing a contemporary art dealer in a dispute with his business partner.
- Representing a state owned aluminium processing plant in relation to one of the largest fraud claims ever brought in the English High Court, including obtaining search orders and worldwide freezing injunctions, and parallel LCIA proceedings, Swiss arbitration proceedings, and claims in the BVI.
- Representing a German manufacturing company in relation to an internal fraud diverting payments into a fraudulently operated UK bank account, including obtaining Norwich Pharmacal and related freezing injunctions.
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