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Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Simon Fitzpatrick

Work 020 7629 7411
Boodle Hatfield LLP

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Simon's practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation. Simon is leader of the commercial litigation team and joint head of the Arts Group. He provides services to a range of clients including high net worth individuals and privately owned companies, recently advising on corporate and contractual disputes, claims for breach of warranty, art law and art litigation, and professional negligence claims.
Much of Simon's work is for international clients and involves working with lawyers in other jurisdictions to resolve commercial disputes both in this country and abroad. Simon heads up Boodle Hatfield's relationship with TAGLaw, a global alliance of high quality, independent law firms with more than 4,000 lawyers worldwide.
Simon has specialist knowledge of art law and art litigation including auction house misattribution, auction house negligence, authenticity and provenance claims.
Simon also has particular knowledge of the law relating to agrochemicals and the pesticide regulation system both in England and Europe and regularly advises clients on regulatory issues arising from the sale of pesticides.


Solicitor 1991-97 Boodle Hatfield, Partner 1997 Boodle Hatfield, Head of Department (Dispute Resolution) 2001. Current directorships: director of the Bond Street Association.


Southampton University.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Fitzpatrick - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Boodle Hatfield LLP's 'excellent, smart, hardworking team provides quick response times and thorough research of legal problems'. Others report that the firm 'does a surprising amount of international work and draws on good ties with lawyers around the globe'. The practice advises on substantial and complex commercial disputes; and stands out for its arts law disputes expertise, including disputes relating to art finance. The 'calm and unflappable' litigation head Simon Fitzpatrick is 'cool headed, tactical and a good listener'; Tim Maxwell is focused on commercial and luxury asset litigation; and the 'very sharp and on the ball' senior associate Rebecca Foden is 'strong tactically and a strong advocate for clients'. Thomas Williams left the firm.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Fitzpatrick - Boodle Hatfield LLP

Within: Art and cultural property

At Boodle Hatfield LLP  ‘the level of service on all fronts and its response times are excellent; the team has a complete understanding of the complexities of the art market and its very strong and experienced art litigation team dovetails well with its excellent private client and art finance offering’. The ‘knowledgeable’ Simon Fitzpatrick  ‘gives one confidence in his ability’ and Tim Maxwell is ‘able to explain matters well to a non-legal person; he is a creative lawyer who is astute at finding answers to problems’. Newly promoted partner Rudy Capildeo ‘combines art finance expertise with significant commercial acumen and a very good knowledge of the art market’. Natasha Hassall is recommended for her experience at handling both onshore and offshore trusts, tax planning and wills for large landed estates that have substantial heritage property and art collections. The ‘active team has prestigious clients’ that includes artists from a diverse range of disciplines spanning well-known, high-net-worth artists through to up-and-coming street artists and couture fashion designers. The full-service team advises on everything from high-value disputes to setting up new art-focused businesses. Becky Shaw is a ‘hardworking associate with a real interest in her work’.

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