Mr Paul Henton > Chambers of Simon Croall QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Croall QC
Quadrant Chambers

Work Department

Commercial litigation and arbitration.


Paul’s practice focuses on shipping, international trade, commodities, energy, banking, aviation and insurance, including related interlocutory matters such as jurisdictional challenges, freezing orders and anti-suit injunctions. His recent instructions include appearing for the operators of a hydrocracker unit in the Middle East in a c. US$300 million joint venture arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules, for the operators of an FPSO in a c. US$250 million rig refurbishment arbitration under LCIA Rules, and for a commodities giant in an ICC arbitration under a services agreement for exploitation of minerals in Southern Africa. His reported cases include First City Monument Bank Plc v Zumax Nigeria Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 294 (CA) (imposition of trusts in international banking and trade finance relationships); Nautical Challenge Ltd (“ALEXANDRA I”) v Evergreen Marine Ltd (“EVER SMART”) [2019] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 130 (assessment of damages where Vessel unable to finance repairs and return to market post-collision); Heiser v Republic of Iran [2019] EWHC 2074 (QB) (State Immunity; enforcement of foreign judgments); “CAPE BARI” [2016] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 469 (contracting out of statutory tonnage limitation); S v A & B [2016] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 604 (commodities arbitration; s. 68/69 challenge/appeal; blast-furnace grade coking coal); “ASTIPALAIA”[2014] EWHC 120 (Admlty) (damages; loss of oil major approvals); Taurus Petroleum v Oil Marketing Company of Iraq [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 432 (commercial enforcement; letters of credit; State immunity); Vitol v Sterling Oil Trading [2012] EWHC 3108 (Comm)(dispute under long-term oil supply contract; related financing agreements); ‘CENK KAPTANOGLU’ [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 501 (Charterparty; economic duress); “PRINCESS 7” [2011] EWHC 3940 (Comm) (Marine insurance; jurisdiction; conflict of laws); Invertec v de Mol Holdings [2009] EWHC 2471 (Share sale; fraudulent misrepresentation); appeal from “CASANNA” [2009] EWHC 1074 (Shipbuilding; jurisdiction; State Immunity); Natwest v King [2008] 2 WLR 1279 (Banking; jurisdiction); and “REMMAR” [2007] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 302 (Ship sale; misrepresentation).


Called 2004, Inner Temple.


University College London (2003 LLB Hons); Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2005 LLM 1st class).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Paul HentonQuadrant ChambersAlways available on a case when needed and turns around high quality work quickly.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Paul HentonQuadrant ChambersHe is one to watch – very user-friendly, always available and able to turn around high-quality work quickly.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Paul HentonQuadrant ChambersHe is very bright, client-friendly and practical, and he masters the facts of the case quickly.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Paul HentonQuadrant ChambersResponsive and decisive, will put up a strong fight for clients.