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Simon Taylor

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Dispute resolution.


Partner. Simon is head of the dispute resolution department at Howard Kennedy. He has a wealth of experience in commercial and property disputes, having acted for a wide spectrum of companies, property and investment groups, and individuals. In addition to numerous cases in courts in England, including the Court of Appeal and Privy Council, Simon has been involved in actions across Europe and worldwide. He acts in contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, commission claims, and breach of fiduciary duty actions. He has a number of professional clients, hoteliers, financial institutions, owner investor clients and estate agents. In addition to acting in numerous cases within the higher courts in England, Simon has recently been involved in actions across Europe, in the United States and in South Africa, and is currently acting on matters in China. His previous experience extends to significant litigation in India, Brazil and Australia.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Howard Kennedy LLP is 'a good all-round firm' with 'some very capable individuals in the partnership field'. The group handles LLP formations, partner obligations, employment matters and commercial contracts, in addition to financial regulatory advice on LLP structures, tax, dispute resolution, business recovery and reconstruction. The team is co-led by 'commercial and knowledgeable' Jane Amphlett, who specialises in advisory matters such as partner appointments and departures, and 'one of the top experts in partnership disputes', consultant Robert Craig. Also recommended are the 'capable' Simon Taylor and corporate structuring expert Ashley Reeback.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

The 'forward-thinking, efficient' Howard Kennedy LLP 'provides an excellent levels of service'. It advises on contractual disputes, professional negligence actions, complex international litigation and arbitration, and contentious insolvency; the practice is also experienced in director and shareholder disputes and civil fraud. It obtained a series of injunctions for a payment and foreign exchange services firm, whose banking services were suspended following alleged money laundering and fraudulent activity by a number of its customers. Commercial litigation head Louise Bennett 'gets to grips with complex financial issues to see the bigger picture'; dispute resolution head Simon Taylor is 'an excellent strategist and superb negotiator'; Tim Bignell 'cuts through detail to commercial issues and practical solutions'; and Fiona Hinds is 'an excellent, pragmatic commercial lawyer'. Other key litigators include managing partner Craig Emden, Steven Morris, Joel Leigh and Mark Stephens CBE; while senior associate Ayesha Salim is 'always in command of the details'.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Howard Kennedy LLP is a ‘strong performer’ that ‘provides an exemplary service’. The practice is led by Amanda McNeil who has an ‘impressive knowledge of the finer points of law’ and is ‘very good with clients, not giving in easily’. McNeil has particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, service charge disputes, rent recovery, covenants and possession proceedings. She has also been advising on an increasing number of CVAs. Other areas of focus for the firm include vacant possession, rights to light and contentious business lease renewals. Michele Freyne is ‘excellent and highly recommended', Simon Taylor is ‘redoubtable’ and Lara Nyman ‘ably assists’ the team. Ballymore Properties, Pandora and Business Environment Offices are among the team’s clients. Daniel Swimer joined Joelson.

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