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Provided by Mark Simpson KC

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Barrister specialising in professional negligence, professional discipline and general commercial litigation.

Notable recent cases include the defence of a US$500m breach of fiduciary duty claim against solicitors in the Cayman Islands; acting for the claimants in a $400m claim against directors arising out of the collapse of an investment fund; acting for the Claimants in a $200m claim against a Big Four firm of accountants and Gemini v CBRE, described as the 'valuation trial of the century'. Other leading cases include: Hall v Simons, on advocates' immunity, Farley v Skinner, concerning the recoverability of damages for distress in professional contracts, Dubai Aluminium v Salaam, in which the court considered the boundaries of vicarious liability for fraud and Stone & Rolls v Moore Stephens, which concerned the liability of auditors for alleged failure to detect fraud in the context of a 'one man' company.

Career

Called 1992, Middle Temple; Silk 2008;

Professional Memberships

Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Publications

General Editor of Professional Negligence and Liability. Associate Editor of The Journal of Professional Negligence.

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Professional Negligence - London (Bar)
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Band 1

Mark Simpson KC
Mark Simpson KC is highly regarded for the forcefulness of his advocacy and for his deep familiarity with professional negligence claims in the financial and legal sectors, contributing as well to the literature in this space. In addition to taking on high-profile litigated claims, he also regularly counsels businesses and firms on regulatory concerns and investigations. He receives instructions from both claimant and defendant clients.

Strengths

"If you want a good, aggressive advocate then he's your man." "A heavyweight of the Bar, he leaves no stone unturned and will pursue any point. He's a total streetfighter, a litigator in the real sense of the word."

Recent work

Acted for Walkers solicitors in an appeal against their liability in a USD400 million claim for an alleged breach of a duty of confidentiality.


Professional Discipline - London (Bar)
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Band 4

Mark Simpson KC
Mark Simpson KC acts on behalf of both regulators and professionals in disciplinary proceedings, with experience in the legal and financial sectors.

Strengths

"A forceful cross-examiner and where appropriate an aggressive opponent."

Recent work

Acted in defence of a barrister in proceedings with the BSB relating to an allegedly racist and sexist tweet.

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