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Simmons & Simmons

CITYPOINT, ONE ROPEMAKER STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 9SS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work +44 20 7628 2020
Fax:
Fax +44 20 7628 2070
DX:
12 LONDON CHANCERY
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www.simmons-simmons.com

Colin Passmore

Tel:
Work 020 7628 2020
Email:
Simmons & Simmons

Work Department

Dispute resolution.

Position

Colin became the Senior Partner of Simmons & Simmons in 2011, but continues to maintain his litigation practice. Over the last 30 years Colin has worked in England, Hong Kong and the Middle East from where he has developed a varied commercial litigation practice that encompasses both international and domestic disputes. His particular focus areas are retail finance litigation, extradition disputes and large professional indemnity claims.

Career

Joined Simmons & Simmons 1986; partner 1990; solicitor-advocate (civil) 1999; chairman Membership Committee of the Academy of Experts; author of ‘Privilege’ (2006); contributed the chapter on privilege in ‘Fraud’ (OUP 2007, edited by Ormerod and Montgomery).


London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Colin Passmore - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Simmons & Simmons' practice 'has excellent industry-leading knowledge'. It is focused exclusively on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds, and combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations, and financial crime. Representative work includes LIBOR, EURIBOR, FX benchmarking, and major product mis-selling claims. Tim Boyce is financial markets litigation practice head, Richard Bunce is 'able to see the big picture and advise on strategy', Ed Crosse is a 'tremendous commercial litigator', and Alexander Thavenot is 'responsive to client demands and has an impressive strategic handle on matters'. Other widely respected partners include senior partner Colin Passmore, as well as Robert Turner, Caroline Hunter-Yeats, Robert Allen and Paul Baker. Joanna Pearson relocated to the London office from Singapore, and Adam Brown and Elizabeth Williams were promoted to the partnership.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Simmons & Simmons' 'clients get an all-round service from committed lawyers who know their business'. The commercial litigation team has expertise in complex contractual, boardroom and joint venture disputes that are often cross-border. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond  defended a £1.5bn claim against Grant Thornton, brought by Robert Tchenguiz, which alleged conspiracy with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to an investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers and their roles in Kaupthing Bank's collapse.  Senior partner Colin Passmore is a privilege expert  who has maintained a litigation practice alongside his management role and Patrick Boylan specialises in high-value commercial and fraud disputes. Other key advisers are Ed Crosse, Robert Turner, and managing associates Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt. Chris Owen was promoted to partner.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Colin Passmore - Simmons & Simmons

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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