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Year of Call: 1999 shattan@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Simon has a broad general commercial and chancery practice, with particular experience of litigation involving civil fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, banking and finance disputes, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings (in particular those related to financial services) and trusts litigation.  He is regularly instructed in significant cases in these areas and is comfortable either as sole counsel or as part of team.  He is currently part of the team acting for the Defendants in the RBS Rights Issue litigation in the Chancery Division.

Simon has been recommended for a number of years in Chambers UK as a leading junior in the fields of Civil Fraud, Banking and Finance, Commercial Chancery and Financial Services and in Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud and Banking and Finance.

Areas of Expertise and Cases







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Commercial Litigation

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2013 & 2014) – acting for the Claimant in successful appeals before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.

RBS Rights Issue litigation (ongoing) – acting for RBS and the other Defendants in claims arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2012) - seven week trial in the BVI Commercial Court concerning the ownership of BVI registered company.

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2008/2009): US$120 million claim for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty in the context of two large Jersey trusts. Settled in August 2009 after 8 months in trial.

Royal Bank of Scotland v Winterthur (2008): Claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of the sale of Churchill Insurance. Settled during trial in 2008.

Financial Services Authority v Legal & General (2004): Financial Services and Markets Tribunal proceedings relating to the mis-sale of mortgage endowment policies. Culminated in six week trial before the Tribunal in October 2004.

ABTA v Nardi (2004): Litigation relating to the proceeds of an alleged fraud on ABTA by its former head of legal affairs.

Westminster City Council v Dame Shirley Porter (2004): instructed on behalf of the beneficiaries of a number of family trusts in proceedings in which it was alleged that the trusts were shams and/or that they were established with the intention of defrauding creditors.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.

Philips and Others v Symes [2003] EWCA Civ 1769: Appeal relating to evidence admissible on application for committal for contempt and recusal for the appearance of bias.


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Banking

RBS Rights Issue litigation (ongoing) – acting for RBS and the other Defendants in claims arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

Royal Bank of Scotland v Winterthur (2008): Claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of the sale of Churchill Insurance. Settled during trial in 2008.

Charter plc v City Index (2005/06) with Alan Boyle QC: Claim in knowing receipt in relation to fraud carried out by company employee. Settled on first day of trial.

Financial Services Authority v Legal & General (2004): Financial Services and Markets Tribunal proceedings relating to the mis-sale of mortgage endowment policies. Culminated in six week trial before the Tribunal in October 2004.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.

Financial Services Authority v Credit Suisse First Boston International (2002): disciplinary proceedings against Credit Suisse First Boston International associated disciplinary proceedings against two members of the firm’s management.


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Civil Fraud

ABTA v Nardi (2004): Litigation relating to the proceeds of an alleged fraud on ABTA by its former head of legal affairs.

Westminster City Council v Dame Shirley Porter (2004): instructed on behalf of the beneficiaries of a number of family trusts in proceedings in which it was alleged that the trusts were shams and/or that they were established with the intention of defrauding creditors.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.


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Financial Services

Royal Bank of Scotland v Winterthur (2008): Claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of the sale of Churchill Insurance. Settled during trial in 2008.

Financial Services Authority v Legal & General (2004): Financial Services and Markets Tribunal proceedings relating to the mis-sale of mortgage endowment policies. Culminated in six week trial before the Tribunal in October 2004.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.

Financial Services Authority v Credit Suisse First Boston International (2002): disciplinary proceedings against Credit Suisse First Boston International associated disciplinary proceedings against two members of the firm’s management.


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Trusts and Probate

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2012) - seven week trial in the BVI Commercial Court concerning the ownership of BVI registered company.

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2008/2009): US$120 million claim for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty in the context of two large Jersey trusts. Settled in August 2009 after 8 months in trial.

Westminster City Council v Dame Shirley Porter (2004): instructed on behalf of the beneficiaries of a number of family trusts in proceedings in which it was alleged that the trusts were shams and/or that they were established with the intention of defrauding creditors.

All Quotes

"a great advocate"
"especially good at cases involving allegations of dishonesty and breach of fiduciary duty"
"his expertise belies his year of call"
"immerses himself in the litigation, working as a true team player"
"calm, assured and unerringly right"
"familiarity with the FSA's approach and sensible but robust conduct of financial services disputes"
"capable of dealing briskly and efficiently with large volumes of information"
"clever, good at financial detail"
"a robust adviser who doesn't sit on the fence"
"young star in the making"
"enjoys the difficult cases whether appearing for claimant or defendant, especially when it demands novel thinking"
"a man of excellent judgement, he recognises the arguments that are likely to resonate with the judge"
"just the kind of counsel you dread seeing on the other side"
"extremely hard working approach - he inspires a lot of confidence"

 

Recommendations

UK, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery

Chambers Global 2017

Banking and Finance
Chancery: Commercial
Financial Services
Fraud: Civil

Chambers & Partners 2017

Banking and Finance
Commercial Litigation
Fraud: Civil

Legal 500 2016

Named one of the Top 10 Stars of the Junior Commercial/Chancery Bar by Legal Week, Oct 2009

Simon Hattan

Simon Hattan

Year of Call: 1999
Email: shattan@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Simon has a broad general commercial and chancery practice, with particular experience of litigation involving civil fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, banking and finance disputes, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings (in particular those related to financial services) and trusts litigation.  He is regularly instructed in significant cases in these areas and is comfortable either as sole counsel or as part of team.  He is currently part of the team acting for the Defendants in the RBS Rights Issue litigation in the Chancery Division.

Simon has been recommended for a number of years in Chambers UK as a leading junior in the fields of Civil Fraud, Banking and Finance, Commercial Chancery and Financial Services and in Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud and Banking and Finance.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

UK, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery

Chambers Global 2017

Banking and Finance
Chancery: Commercial
Financial Services
Fraud: Civil

Chambers & Partners 2017

Banking and Finance
Commercial Litigation
Fraud: Civil

Legal 500 2016

Named one of the Top 10 Stars of the Junior Commercial/Chancery Bar by Legal Week, Oct 2009

Quotes

"a great advocate"
"especially good at cases involving allegations of dishonesty and breach of fiduciary duty"
"his expertise belies his year of call"
"immerses himself in the litigation, working as a true team player"
"calm, assured and unerringly right"
"familiarity with the FSA's approach and sensible but robust conduct of financial services disputes"
"capable of dealing briskly and efficiently with large volumes of information"
"clever, good at financial detail"
"a robust adviser who doesn't sit on the fence"
"young star in the making"
"enjoys the difficult cases whether appearing for claimant or defendant, especially when it demands novel thinking"
"a man of excellent judgement, he recognises the arguments that are likely to resonate with the judge"
"just the kind of counsel you dread seeing on the other side"
"extremely hard working approach - he inspires a lot of confidence"

 

Commercial Litigation

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2013 & 2014) – acting for the Claimant in successful appeals before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.

RBS Rights Issue litigation (ongoing) – acting for RBS and the other Defendants in claims arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2012) - seven week trial in the BVI Commercial Court concerning the ownership of BVI registered company.

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2008/2009): US$120 million claim for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty in the context of two large Jersey trusts. Settled in August 2009 after 8 months in trial.

Royal Bank of Scotland v Winterthur (2008): Claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of the sale of Churchill Insurance. Settled during trial in 2008.

Financial Services Authority v Legal & General (2004): Financial Services and Markets Tribunal proceedings relating to the mis-sale of mortgage endowment policies. Culminated in six week trial before the Tribunal in October 2004.

ABTA v Nardi (2004): Litigation relating to the proceeds of an alleged fraud on ABTA by its former head of legal affairs.

Westminster City Council v Dame Shirley Porter (2004): instructed on behalf of the beneficiaries of a number of family trusts in proceedings in which it was alleged that the trusts were shams and/or that they were established with the intention of defrauding creditors.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.

Philips and Others v Symes [2003] EWCA Civ 1769: Appeal relating to evidence admissible on application for committal for contempt and recusal for the appearance of bias.

Banking

RBS Rights Issue litigation (ongoing) – acting for RBS and the other Defendants in claims arising out of the £12 billion rights issue undertaken by RBS in 2008.

Royal Bank of Scotland v Winterthur (2008): Claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of the sale of Churchill Insurance. Settled during trial in 2008.

Charter plc v City Index (2005/06) with Alan Boyle QC: Claim in knowing receipt in relation to fraud carried out by company employee. Settled on first day of trial.

Financial Services Authority v Legal & General (2004): Financial Services and Markets Tribunal proceedings relating to the mis-sale of mortgage endowment policies. Culminated in six week trial before the Tribunal in October 2004.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.

Financial Services Authority v Credit Suisse First Boston International (2002): disciplinary proceedings against Credit Suisse First Boston International associated disciplinary proceedings against two members of the firm’s management.

Civil Fraud

ABTA v Nardi (2004): Litigation relating to the proceeds of an alleged fraud on ABTA by its former head of legal affairs.

Westminster City Council v Dame Shirley Porter (2004): instructed on behalf of the beneficiaries of a number of family trusts in proceedings in which it was alleged that the trusts were shams and/or that they were established with the intention of defrauding creditors.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.

Financial Services

Royal Bank of Scotland v Winterthur (2008): Claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of the sale of Churchill Insurance. Settled during trial in 2008.

Financial Services Authority v Legal & General (2004): Financial Services and Markets Tribunal proceedings relating to the mis-sale of mortgage endowment policies. Culminated in six week trial before the Tribunal in October 2004.

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank and others (2003): Acted for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud.

Financial Services Authority v Credit Suisse First Boston International (2002): disciplinary proceedings against Credit Suisse First Boston International associated disciplinary proceedings against two members of the firm’s management.

Trusts and Probate

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2012) - seven week trial in the BVI Commercial Court concerning the ownership of BVI registered company.

Alhamrani v Alhamrani (2008/2009): US$120 million claim for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty in the context of two large Jersey trusts. Settled in August 2009 after 8 months in trial.

Westminster City Council v Dame Shirley Porter (2004): instructed on behalf of the beneficiaries of a number of family trusts in proceedings in which it was alleged that the trusts were shams and/or that they were established with the intention of defrauding creditors.

Qualifications

BSc, Dip Law (Distinction), City University

Winner - Inns of Court Mooting Competition 1998

Benefactor's Scholarship - Middle Temple

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association
Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
Financial Services Lawyers Association


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