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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 3 Practice Areas
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Banking & Finance
13 Years Ranked
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Fraud: Civil
10 Years Ranked
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Provided by Simon Atrill

Practice Areas

Civil and commercial litigation including banking, financial services, insurance/reinsurance, civil fraud, pharmaceuticals and professional negligence.

Chambers and Partners Banking and Finance Junior of the Year 2019; shortlisted 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Recent cases: Law Debenture v Ukraine (first instance to Supreme Court); Times Travel (SC, economic duress); Madison Pacific v Privatbank; Group Seven v Nasir (trial, CA); Blue v Mike Ashley; NBT v Yurov; Marme v RBS; BTA Bank v Ablyazov; OFT v Abbey National (bank charges) [2010] 1 A.C. 696); Group Seven v Sultana [2014] 1 W.L.R. 735 (freezing injunctions), [2014] EWHC 2046 (Ch) (trial), [2015] EWCA Civ 631; BAT v Windward [2014] 2 All ER (Comm) 757; swaps and PPI litigation; IBC v MAR [2010] 1 All ER (Comm) 112; ICB v Akingbola; various cases in Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Trinidad and Tobago.

Career

Called 2005.

Professional Memberships

COMBAR.

Publications

Legal Privilege and Mandatory Disclosure under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 [2005] LMCLQ; "Choice of Law in Contract" (2004) ICLQ; several in Cambridge Law Journal.

Personal

St Catharine's College, Cambridge (Double First); St John's College, Oxford (BCL, Distinction); University of Pennsylvania (LLM, summa cum laude).

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers

UK Bar

Banking & Finance - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Simon Atrill
Simon Atrill is a proficient senior junior, highly experienced in acting for a broad variety of investment and retail banks in matters involving derivative disputes and swaps mis-selling. He has experience acting in leading banking disputes, many of which are international in nature, including those concerning alleged EURIBOR manipulation.

Strengths

"He is very well respected by clients in particular. He is a really solid banking and commercial lawyer and he produces things really quickly. I love working with him."

Recent work

Acted for Credit Suisse in a dispute with the Libyan Investment Authority concerning allegations of bribery and undue influence arising from the placement of substantial investments by Libya with Western banks.


Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Simon Atrill

Strengths

"An excellent commercial lawyer, who has a great manner with clients. He is a very impressive advocate, who is already operating at silk standard."

Recent work

Intervened, for Ukraine, in the Supreme Court case of Times Travel v Pakistan Airlines, a matter regarding whether 'lawful act' duress exists.


Fraud: Civil - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Simon Atrill
Simon Atrill is a well-regarded junior who has deployed his talents in several major multimillion-pound fraud trials. Much of his work is international in nature and he has notable expertise in Russian cases. He is sought out by both claimants and defendants.

Strengths

"He is incredibly clever, thorough and detailed - his grasp of his cases is second to none. He is very hands on, proactive, great to work with and a real powerhouse to have on your side in a tricky case." "He's an understated and effective advocate who is very persuasive and really hard-working." "Simon is someone who fights very hard for his clients and is always very fair, sensible and easy to deal with. He's incredibly thorough in his preparation and is a very measured, clear advocate."

Recent work

Acted for Credit Suisse in a substantial claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority alleging bribery and undue influence arising from the placement of substantial investments by Libya with Western banks. 

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