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Simon Hobbs

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Freeths LLP

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Commercial litigation.


Partner in charge of commercial litigation and restructuring/insolvency in Milton Keynes. Rated in both disciplines in both The Legal 500 and Chambers. On the insolvency front, Simon is a ‘highly rated’ expert on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters, with some 18 years’ experience. On the Commercial Litigation front, he is described by clients as ‘hard working’ with a ‘quietly confident style’. He deals with heavyweight contractual claims for major commercial clients and local SMEs, franchising, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims and IP matters. Simon prides himself on building up trusted advisor status with his clients.


Qualified 1997, Bond Dickinson LLP; associate, Burges Salmon LLP; partner, IBB Solicitors; partner, Freeths LLP 2010 to date.


Past president of Middlesex Law Society (2010); ADR Group Accredited Mediator (2009).


Cheltenham College; Royal Holloway, University of London (1993 BA (Hons)); Nottingham Law School.


Playing football and cricket, politics and political history, military history and wet and muddy walks in the countryside.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Freeths LLP has a particularly strong reputation for handling commercial disputes in the drinks and hospitality sector, where its disputes practice acts for a number of well-known UK brand owners, including Casual Dining Group, owners of the Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia and Las Iguanas restaurant chains. The practice's other clients include UK-based plcs such as Dawsongroup, international companies such as Amscan International, and SMEs. In an illustration of its longstanding relationships with clients, the firm continues to act for the claimants in a long-running case involving the value and rights in a family business, which has involved eight interlocutory hearings, three trials, and which has progressed to a costs assessment. It is also acting for numerous transport and logistics companies in proposed claims for damages against the major truck manufacturers arising from the European Commission's investigation into price fixing cartel behavious. Simon Hobbs  heads the practice, which includes property litigator Mark Brown.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The insolvency department of Freeths LLP is spread across two offices in the South East. The practice in Milton Keynes often handles asset transactions for distressed businesses in the drinks and hospitality sector, while the Oxford team is best known for its work in the real estate industry, including insolvency proceedings and wrongful trading or misfeasance claims. Practice lead Simon Hobbs acted for Intertain concerning the liquidation of debtor Jongleurs Comedy prior to the client's sale to Stonegate. Dispute resolution leader Duncan Crine is the main contact in Oxford. The department also advises PwC, Quantuma, Ernst & Young and Opus Restructuring.

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