Simon Johnson > Chambers of James Pickering KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Pickering KC
Enterprise Chambers


Corporate and personal insolvency: claims for and against office-holders, creditor constituencies and debtors. Simon specialises in cross-border cases, having acted in multi-jurisdictional insolvencies and undertaken numerous applications under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations. Recent work: Simon represents the administrators of a construction company in a multi-jurisdiction group insolvency with thousands of creditors worldwide running to £millions. He recently obtained an order setting aside a £multi-million statutory demand on the basis of economic duress by lawful means. He advises the liquidators of a nationwide estate agency business on the handling of potential trust money. He has experience over many years in numerous ground breaking cases: In re T&N [2006] 1 WLR 1792 (advising on matters arising until 2008); In re Metronet BCV Ltd (PPP Administration) [2008] 2 All ER 75; Burdale Financial Limited v Agilo Masterfund Limited [2008] EWHC 1103 (Ch); In re Rajapakse [2007] BPIR 99; [2008] BPIR 283; In re Skycat Group Limited [2007] EWHC 3116 (Ch); In re Piacentini [2003] QB 1497. Commercial law: Simon advises companies and individuals in a wide range of business disputes. Recent work: Simon represents 350 claimants in the Alpha Panareti litigation and associated cases, which concern the mis-selling off-plan holiday property in Cyprus and associated foreign currency loans from Cypriot banks. The claims are leading cases affecting thousands of UK citizens and scores of Cypriot developers and banks, all in the context of the near insolvency of the construction and banking industries and parallel disputes in Cyprus. Simon appeared for the successful defendant disputing the English court’s jurisdiction to a ground-breaking restitutionary claim in Elek v Bar-Tur & Bar-Tur [2013] EWCA Civ 1744 and [2013] 2 EGLR 159. He represented the claimants in a £multi-million claim for breach of confidence in Walsh v Shanahan & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 411 and 675; [2013] 2 P&CR DG7; [2013] 5 Costs LO 738. He has significant oil and gas experience, having appeared as junior counsel for the successful defendants at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in British Gas Trading Limited v Perenco UK Ltd. and Hess Limited [2006] EWHC 233 (Comm); [2006] EWCA Civ 900; [2006] 2 CLC 57.


Called 2000; Middle Temple. Barrister and senior associate in the advocacy group of Dentons UKMEA LLP 2002-09; member of Enterprise Chambers 2010.


Spanish (fluent; South American) and French (literate).


Middle Temple; Chancery Bar Association; Insolvency Lawyers’ Association.


University College, Oxford (1997 BA (Hons); MA in Modern History, Class 1); City University (1999 Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation); Inns of Court School of Law (2000 Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon JohnsonEnterprise Chambers ‘Simon is an excellent insolvency junior, with an encyclopaedic grasp of the law and a calm and assured advocacy style.’

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon JohnsonEnterprise Chambers ‘Very bright, grasps issues quickly and pleads them well but succinctly.’