Patrick Boylan > Simmons & Simmons > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Simmons & Simmons

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Patrick is a partner and solicitor advocate (all higher courts) in the dispute resolution group in London. He is a commercial dispute resolution specialist with a particular focus on contentious competition matters, regulatory investigations and arbitration. He is also an expert on privilege. Patrick specialises in advising clients in regulated industries including energy, life sciences, TMT and financial institutions. Patrick is also a member of the firm’s crime, fraud and investigations group.


Litigation and international arbitration department of a leading international law firm in London for nine years; itigation managing associate Simmons & Simmons 2009. He is the author of numerous articles and has spoken at conferences on a various topics including cross-jurisdictional cartel damages claims and the criminalisation of cartels. Patrick is a former judicial assistant at the Court of Appeal and was for a number of years a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics, teaching on the International Arbitration module of the LLM.


Wadham College, Oxford University (degree in Classics).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > 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.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

The team at Simmons & Simmons has recently been involved in what has been dubbed “the UK’s biggest fraud trial”, advising former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain on the multibillion-dollar claim brought by Hewlett-Packard over alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of the company. The top-end City firm, which has expertise in civil, criminal, and parallel regulatory parallel proceedings, also handles cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, and is seeing an increase in work from high-net-worth individuals in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Other clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Team co-head Nick Benwell handles large-scale, multijurisdictional and sensitive fraud investigations, working with the ‘fabulous’ Patrick Boylan, who has a focus on fraud disputes emanating from the CIS, Asia and various offshore jurisdictions. Stephen Gentle is also recommended.