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Simmons & Simmons

CITYPOINT, ONE ROPEMAKER STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 9SS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work +44 20 7628 2020
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Fax +44 20 7628 2070
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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: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Simmons & Simmons’ international financial markets litigation group is 'simply outstanding, responsive, thorough, detailed and creative'. It focuses on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds; and the practice combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations and contentious regulatory matters, and financial crime. Tim Boyce, who heads the financial markets litigation practice, acts for financial institutions in regulatory investigations, disputes and fraud claims; and Robert Turner’s experience includes acting for Icelandic bank Kaupthing in Commercial Court proceedings, relating to a multi-currency debt of over £300m and high-value assets provided as security for the debt; the proceedings in London raised complex factual and legal issues relating to fraud, market abuse, insider dealing and the enforceability of contracts for an illegal purpose, among others; Turner is 'simply excellent; clients appreciate his calm demeanour and his incisive and clinical approach'. Other highly regarded practitioners include Richard Bunce, whose practice is based exclusively on financial markets disputes and has a strong international focus and Caroline Hunter-Yeats, who has a particular focus on wealth management firms and complex products sold to high-net-worth investors as well as senior partner Colin Passmore, Ed Crosse, Robert Allen, Paul Baker and Alexander Thavenot.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Simmons & Simmons' 'good-value team is responsive and thoughtful in its advice and the practice's strength in depth, including the more junior lawyers, is impressive'. The firm has particular sector strength in TMT, energy and infrastructure and life sciences disputes; in recent multi-jurisdictional matters, the group acted for Toronto Stock Exchange-listed NYX Gaming Group, a supplier of digital gaming products that was the target of a potential acquisition by Scientific Games; the litigation involved bookmaker William Hill, which brought proceedings in multiple jurisdictions in an attempt to disrupt the acquisition, including by seeking injunctions in Guernsey and London. It also advised The Capital Markets Company (UK), a global finance and technology consultancy, on a dispute arising out of an alleged conspiracy in the FinTech sector. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond and Paul Baker 'have a tremendous capacity for absorbing information and attention to detail'; Patrick Boylan is a specialist in international disputes; Ed Crosse specialises in handling complex financial and regulatory disputes for financial institutions; and Colin Passmore is an expert on privilege. Robert Turner is also a widely respected adviser and Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt are the managing associates to note.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Colin Passmore - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Professional negligence

Simmons & Simmons¬†provides the ‚Äėhighest level of technical knowledge in professional negligence matters‚Äô and is regularly instructed in cases against accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. Team head James Pollock¬†‚Äėgives superlative tactical guidance to ensure minimal wasted time or effort and ensures appropriate and speedy responses to any questions; you want him on your side‚Äô. Pollock is defending CMS¬†in a ¬£65m claim brought by a former client of the firm, Mr Alexander Mayr, and two of his companies in relation to a French investment undertaken in 2011. AIG, Starstone, KPF, Lockton Companies and MS Amlin are also clients. Colin Passmore¬†is experienced in claims relating to accountancy professionals; Simon Hilditch¬†is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô and is noted for his expertise in finance-related mandates; and Felix Zimmermann¬†specialises in defending professional negligence claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors. Emily Monastiriotis¬†is ‚Äėpractical, legally astute‚Äô and ‚Äėthoroughly understands the construction industry‚Äô, and Bristol-based managing associate Jonathan Spencer¬†is also active in construction disputes. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith¬†is also recommended.

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