Simon Davenport KC > Chambers of Howard Stevens KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Howard Stevens KC
3 Hare Court
TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7BJ
England

Position

High-profile barrister specialising in civil fraud, insolvency and commercial actions, his cases often have an international element (often Russian). He handles many large international and domestic fraud cases and has handled huge-value carousel and MTIC fraud claims. He represents many of the leading insolvency practitioners as well as appearing for directors and individuals. Has advised on the position relating to British litigation against the Icelandic banks, the Icelandic moratoria and the treasury freezing orders and licenses; representing US companies with UK assets resisting pursuit by English liquidators; has been involved in Lehmans (position of insurance company fund in Caymans); also companies, restructuring and schemes of arrangement. Has appeared before the judicial committee of the Privy Council on a wide range of actions (often involving foreign governments), including commercial and constitutional issues. He undertakes commercial arbitration and mediation work. Representative reported cases include: Mctear (2) Williams v Engelhard and Ors [2014] EWHC 1056; NGM Sustainable Developments Ltd v Wallis & Ors [2015] EWHC 461 (Ch); Re Simon Halabi, 2011— bankruptcy of one of Forbes’ former richest men in world; Re Langreen Limited — wrongful trading trial; Aeroflot v Gloushkov and Berezovsky — huge fraud proceedings; Thevarajah v Riordan & ors (2014) EWCA Civ 14; Atrium Training Services v McNally, Maclean & Ors (2013); Aeroflot v Berezovskaya (2014); Wightlink v Mitchell Diesel Ltd [2011] EWHC 241 (Comm) — catastrophic failure of the engines of two ferries; Terluk v Berezovsky [2010] EWCA Civ 1345; Global Metcorp Ltd v Mid India Power & Steel Ltd 2010¬LMAA shipping arbitration; Cambridge Mercantile Ltd v Global and Ardour — Forex contract trial; Svenson Commodities & ors v HMRC — refusal by Lower Tier Tax Tribunal to conjoin 12 linked tax appeals; Flex Associates v Hussain [2009] EWHC 3690 (Ch) — minority shareholders petition acting for respondents (ii) cross-claim for breach of fiduciary duty; In the Matter of ED Games Ltd sub nom (i) French (ii) Mummery v Cipolletta [2009] EWHC 223 (Ch) — Insolvency Act 1986 s212 claim. He is appointed to the Treasury Council’s silk list and the Serious Fraud Office’s approved list of QCs. Lectures: 2011 keynote address speaker at R3 Insolvency event; has advised HMRC on tax recoveries. Also a member of the R3 fraud panel. He lectures widely on civil fraud and has given talks to the Criminal Investigation Unit and the Criminal Taxes Unit of HMRC on the ‘Fraud Landscape’.

Career

Called 1987, Inner Temple; QC 2009.

Languages

French, German.

Memberships

Executive committee of LCLCBA; Former ex-committee of COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association; Chairman of CEBA. Arbitration: FCIArb; Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association; Fraud Lawyers Association.

Education

Blundell’s School 1982; Leeds University (1985); Council of Legal Education; London University (2005 BA History of Art; MA History of Art).

Leisure

History of art, sailing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Davenport KC3 Hare Court ‘A particularly strong advocate, especially in cross examination.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Davenport KC3 Hare Court ‘He and his team are extremely good in all respects – knowledgeable, problem-solving, delivering the best possible result. 

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Davenport KC3 Hare Court ‘An excellent advocate who can cut through the complexities and get to the heart of the matter – passionate in his desire to get the best possible result for the client. A true team leader but also a team player.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Davenport KC3 Hare Court ‘Excellent on his feet and persuasive. Good with clients.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Davenport KC3 Hare Court

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Davenport KC3 Hare CourtSimon is exceptionally strong in strategy and thoughtful handling of complex cases. He has excellent knowledge and drafting skills and his way of presenting the case in court is very convincing.’

3 Hare Court is a notable set within the offshore regions, offering a wide range of public and constitutional law work both in advisory roles and advocacy services. Members of chambers are well regarded within Gibraltar and the Caribbean. Simon Davenport KC is a senior commercial and Chancery silk whose practice areas include civil fraud, insolvency and professional negligence, with standout case being Bacol (Ellis Richards and others v the State of Trinidad and Tobago), a case relating alleged discrimination against non-Trinidad policyholders, as prohibited by the Caricom treaty, in the propping up of the Caribbean’s largest insurance company. Rowan Pennington-Benton is noteworthy for his involvement in several Privy Council cases in Gibraltar, such as the case of Enterprise Insurance v EHL Realisations and 13 Others, which remains one of the largest and most far-reaching breach of fiduciary duty claims launched in Gibraltar concerning the collapse of a major offshore insurance company.