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Simon Hart

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Commercial disputes.


Simon is a litigation partner and Head of Financial Disputes. He specialises in banking disputes, financial markets litigation and regulatory investigations. He has advised in capital markets matters involving derivatives, structured products, hedging arrangements and collateralised debt obligations. He regularly advises on disputes arising out of loan facilities, trade finance and financial restructurings. He has acted for a wide variety of clients including hedge funds, HNW investors, financial institutions and insolvency office holders.

Simon also has wide experience of multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of complex fraud and asset tracing. In regulatory enforcement, Simon has conducted a large number of corporate investigations of both a domestic and cross-border nature relating to FCA enforcement and anti-corruption.


Trained Wilde Sapte (now Dentons); qualified 1996; associate Wilde Sapte 2002; senior associate Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) 2002-05; partner Richards Butler 2005-12; partner RPC 2012. Publications of note: Simon is a contributor to the third edition of ‘Banking Litigation’ published by Sweet & Maxwell.


Simon is an officer of the International Bar Association Litigation Committee.


Leeds Grammar School; Durham University, BA (Hons) 1989-92; College of Law, York Dip (Law) 1992-94.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Hart - RPC

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

RPC's 'depth and availability is superb'. The banking and financial markets disputes team is one of the few City firms that is able to act for European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals against investment banks. It is also regularly involved in contentious insolvency and restructuring situations. Simon Hart is head of financial disputes, global head of commercial disputes Tom Hibbert, who is 'heads and shoulders above the rest of the banking litigation community', also leads the banking and financial litigation team, and Andy McGregor has extensive experience of managing banking disputes that arise from structured finance and derivatives. Alan Williams was made partner and Charlotte Henschen and Dan Hemming are experienced senior associates.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

RPC's 'extremely strong commercial litigation team is engaged in some of the most high-profile disputes in the market'. The well-established disputes practice frequently receives referrals from Magic Circle and US firms, and can draw upon its own specialist contentious teams that cover disputes in banking and finance, commodities, tax, employment, real estate, IP, IT, insurance, construction, competition, and media. Geraldine Elliott is commercial disputes head, Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head, and Simon Hart is head of financial disputes. Other experienced practitioners are Davina Given and senior associates Daniel Wyatt and Laura Martin.

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