Simon Rainey QC is one of the best known and most highly regarded practitioners at the Commercial Bar. He has a reputation which is second to none for his intellect and legal analysis (“fantastically intelligent and tactically astute”). He is acclaimed for his advocacy skills (“a stunning advocate”) and his cross-examination (“excruciatingly superb”). But he is equally well known to his clients as a cheerful team player, who rolls up his sleeves in long and complex trials and arbitrations, priding himself on high standards of client care (“incredibly user friendly” and “lovely to work with”). His practice focuses on commercial litigation, commodities and international trade, energy and natural resources; international arbitration; shipping and maritime law, and has long been cited in all of the directories, here and abroad, as being in the very front rank of practitioners. In high demand for the heaviest and most complex cases, especially involving expert evidence (typically multiple technical disciplines or questions of foreign law) and those requiring the arguing of difficult or novel legal issues, particularly at appellate level (including the Supreme Court, where he has been brought in to argue six appeals in the last three years). Winner: International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2020, Legal 500 (and shortlisted 2017 and 2019). Winner: Shipping Silk of the Year 2017, both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 (and shortlisted 2018; 2019; 2020). Winner: Top 10 Global Maritime Lawyers of 2017 (Lloyd’s List); and 2019. Deputy High Court Judge, Commercial Court; Crown Court Recorder.