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

Chambers of Howard Stevens QC
3 Hare Court


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’.


Called 1987, Inner Temple; QC 2009.


French, German.


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


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


History of art, sailing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Davenport QC3 Hare CourtSimon is a brilliant leader and silk who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the finer details but can also tell the client what is likely to happen and why.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Davenport QC3 Hare CourtA team player and a leader who charms judges, courts and clients – when you are in a fight – Simon who you want in with you in the foxhole.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Davenport QC3 Hare CourtA brilliant leader and silk who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the details.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Davenport QC3 Hare CourtVery hands on and gets closely involved with all aspects of the case, not just relying on the juniors. I was particularly impressed with Simon’s commercial awareness and ability to understand a foreign client from the cultural and industry business perspective.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Davenport QC3 Hare CourtA brilliant leader and silk who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the finer details.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Davenport QC3 Hare CourtA very clear, very concise and very helpful silk.