“They are very efficient and effective.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The team is very well co-ordinated, and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Excellent commercial drive and technical ability on complex international arbitration cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“One of the very best litigation boutiques in London.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature Litigation is a market-leading boutique litigation firm. It has extremely strong background in big ticket litigation, with quality personnel and an unparalleled degree of focus and determination.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Exceptionally good at building up the dispute strategy.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature is a very professional team managing a complex international case across many jurisdictions. They have a very strong standing in managing multiple parties across different jurisdictions with different law.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Excellent banking team with real experience in claimant-led litigation. Senior Associates are particularly impressive: thorough, efficient and very sensible.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Great specialist knowledge with a pragmatic and commercial outlook.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary – I don’t know quite where the headspace comes from to do this time and time again.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgment.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Experts in their specialist field. Nobody better.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Every member of the team is valued and as a result they provide a much higher quality of service to their clients than their competitors.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature is not afraid to look for solutions outside the box to get results for its clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The team is very well coordinated and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The dispute resolution experts at Signature Litigation LLP have a particular focus on complex, cross-border civil fraud claims.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature Litigation is the only pure litigation specialist in Gibraltar, setting the firm apart from others in Gibraltar. The firm is very professional, knowledgeable and efficient, an ideal choice for litigation in the jurisdiction.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The practice unites an impressive bench of stellar litigators.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The boutique specialises in complex litigation, both in France and internationally, with the majority of matters multi-jurisdictional in nature, with the firm’s London presence a key asset for cross-border work.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris “quickly established itself as one of France’s finest dispute resolution practices and consistently attracts high-stakes, often headline-grabbing matters.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is attentive, available, very friendly, and provides unfailing follow-up to cases.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Great ability to establish a strategy and a very clear, structured and impactful line of defense or attack, based on a real mastery of legislation and procedures.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Excellent expertise combined with the ability to explain idiosyncratic concepts of French jurisdiction to foreigners.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is also highly regarded for its know-how in defending companies against toxic tort claims and deals with a high amount of claims brought by employees regarding asbestos and other chemical substances.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris is “the market’s go-to-firm for domestic and cross-border product liability cases.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The firm’s focus on dispute resolution and insurance matters makes it a popular choice for a range of clients in the aviation industry including airlines, constructors, and insurers who benefit from the department’s ability to advise on cross-border matters.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is very responsive – we would normally receive a response on the same day or early the day after. They keep us updated regularly, and are knowledgeable in their fields of expertise.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team at Signature is highly talented, experienced and dedicated.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation is described as a “quality team at every level“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Extremely bright and dedicated team. A willingness to go the extra mile and find a solution to whatever problem comes along however simple or complex.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation has “‘the agility to deal with matters of all kinds’ and has particular experience in multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes.”

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“I am confident that they would always deliver a peerless service to the client, whoever that may be.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

Biography

Simon has more than 20 years’ experience across a wide range of commercial and financial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on complex banking and structured finance matters. He also specialises in advising on issues related to cyber-breach recovery and related litigation as well as insurance/reinsurance disputes.

Simon has litigated before the English High Court, English Court of Appeal, UK Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, as well as in international arbitration matters under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS), and ad hoc arbitration under the English Arbitration Act. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and expert determination.

Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Simon was a Partner at Dechert LLP. He has a wide-ranging practice across a broad spectrum of industries and subject areas including banking, structured finance, derivatives (in particular under the ISDA form), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), asset financing, leasing, insurance and reinsurance, infrastructure, energy, private equity and funds.

Simon is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500 UK for his litigation and arbitration expertise and is commended as “a strong strategic thinker”, “a real team player” and “very good to work with”.

Simon is a member of the LCIA, London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association (IRLA), British Insurance Law Association (BILA), and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Arbitration and Dispute Resolution committee.

Experience

Banking and structured finance disputes

  • Acting for Fondazione Enasarco in a claim against Lehman Brothers concerning the calculation of loss under the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement. Successfully obtained an English High Court judgment of approximately US $61 million. The case has produced two substantive judgments which are considered two of the leading cases on the calculation of Loss under the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement. Continued representation of client with regard to related proceedings before the Zurich bankruptcy court (in conjunction with Swiss counsel).
  • Representing an Italian entity on a pan-European enforcement strategy with regard to a book of loans valued a several hundred million Euros. This matter has given rise to proceedings before the English courts in which directions are sought for the effective winding up of an Italian real estate fund.
  • Representing Credit Suisse Asset Management LLC in litigation concerning the interest entitlement of Class X notes in a non-performing CMBS transaction.
  • Advising numerous global entities on disputes with the various Lehman Brothers estates on a range of disputes concerning the termination of derivatives transactions.
  • Representing a US rail financier in proceedings under the LCIA international arbitration rules concerning a multi-million pound right to share in the profits from a rail financing transaction. This case concerned complex contractual arrangements and allegations that the relevant contractual provisions amounted to an unenforceable agreement to agree.
  • Representing Perpetual Trustee Company Limited and a number of other entities in the so-called “flip-clause” litigation concerning the operation of certain waterfall clauses in structured note transactions.

Cyber disputes

  • Assisting a well-known US investment bank with its response to a cyber breach at its UK branch which potentially resulted in the compromise of market sensitive data relating to M&A transactions.
  • Assisting a medical technology company client with all aspects of its global response to a cybersecurity breach which resulted in the compromise of sensitive personal data.
  • Assisting a US domiciled clothing company in respect of its response to a cyber security breach potentially affecting EU-based customers.
  • Assisting a US investment trust company with its strategy for responding to personal information requests under the UK Data Protection Act.

Insurance/reinsurance disputes

  • Successfully obtaining a multi-million pound award for a major international bank in ARIAS arbitration proceedings concerning an Industry Loss Warranty (ILW) policy.
  • Representing Federal-Mogul Ltd in English High Court proceedings concerning the operation of insurance and reinsurance policies providing £500 million of cover for asbestos liabilities following Federal Mogul’s entry into and emergence from US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advising representations on business interruption insurance claims arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other commercial disputes

  • Advising a US alcoholic drinks producer on regulatory issues relevant to a major UK product launch, including successfully representing the client before the Portman Group Independent Complaints Panel.
  • Advising a global conglomerate in respect of a major infrastructure dispute in the energy sector subject to ICC arbitration and a related investment treaty claim.
  • Advising a global conglomerate on a high value SIAC arbitration concerning the development and marketing of a biologic.
  • Advising a major oil and gas supplier on multi-billion dollar arbitration proceedings concerning price review clauses in an LNG contract. Case concerned, among other issues, assertions that the relevant review clause was unenforceable as an agreement to agree.
  • Advising on contentious issues concerning the restructuring of an EM energy company and related UK Schemes of Arrangements.
  • Advising on contentious issues concerning the restructuring of a structured product for the financing of renewables within the EU.
  • Advising two directors of multiple group companies within the corporate structure of a property business with regard to the liquidator investigations into pre-liquidation conduct.
  • Advising Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, on a number of contentious issues, including the McLaren “spygate” investigation; the investigation into allegations concerning the private conduct of its then president, Max Moseley; and the regulatory hearing concerning use of diffusers of a particular size.
  • Advising a Hong Kong/London based PE fund in multi-jurisdictional proceedings concerning the categorisation of investment moneys and alleged fraud/misappropriation of assets.

Publications

‘Whiff’ Of Corruption Too Little To Trigger Banks’ Fraud DutyLaw360 – 16 June 2022

Quincecare qualified?Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 14 June 2022

Key cyber-litigation risks in the UKEmerging Risks – 9 May 2022

Company directorship: corporate criminal risksAccountancy Daily – 26 April 2022

Cybersecurity litigation risks: 4 top concerns for CISOsCSO – 19 April 2022

Quincecare quarrel: How interpretations of a historic duty may transform the landscape of banking fraud claimsThomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 1 April 2022

Company directorships: ESG and the risks of private actionsAccountancy Daily – 28 March 2022

Company directorships: increased scrutiny and enforcementAccountancy Daily – 3 March 2022

Tecnimont Arabia v NatWestLaw.com – 22 January 2022

When the Quinces don’t care… – Fraud Intelligence – 15 January 2022

Signature strengthens banking disputesCDR News – 24 November 2021

Dechert commercial litigation partner joins UK disputes boutique – Reuters – 23 November 2021

Dechert commercial litigation partner joins UK disputes boutiqueThomson Reuters Westlaw – 23 November 2021

Dechert loses disputes partner to Signature – The Lawyer – 23 November 2021

Dechert London Partner Departs After Two Years – Legal Week – 23 November 2021

Signature Litigation Hires Finance Partner From Dechert – Law360 – 23 November 2021

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