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Chambers of Simon Croall QC
Quadrant Chambers


Barrister specialising in commercial law (with specific expertise in banking and finance-related matters), international trade, media and entertainment, and professional negligence.  


After taking Silk in 2010, his reputation as a tough, commercially-minded barrister has continued to grow.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for Barclays Bank and was an assistant examiner for the Chartered Institute of Bankers. A direct understanding of the commercial and financial worlds means clients benefit from a practical and user-friendly approach. Paul has also acted as an expert witness overseas in relation to banking regulation in the UK, and is lead contributor to Butterworths LexisNexis Encyclopedia on Forms and Precedents.

Paul also handles general commercial litigation, international trade, media and entertainment, and professional negligence. He acts as an arbitrator in LMAA shipping disputes, commercial disputes and insurance disputes


BA Oxon (First Class)

Associate Chartered Institute of Bankers

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Paul Downes QCQuadrant ChambersA highly skilled advocate and a devastating cross-examiner, he absolutely hates to lose and clients can really tell that.

Quadrant Chambers has invested heavily in the banking and finance arena and now boasts an impressive cohort of well-respected and highly experienced silks and juniors. The set’s members can be increasingly found on some of the most significant banking claims to hit the markets, including N v Royal Bank of Scotland, where Paul Downes QC led Emily Saunderson on behalf of the claimants.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Paul Downes QCQuadrant ChambersQuite simply, in a league of his own.

Quadrant Chambers has ‘excellent strength in depth‘ and many solicitors report they have ‘not felt the need to look beyond the set for commercial litigation work in the past couple of years‘. The set has traditionally been a major player in the shipping, trade, and commodities arena, but is now an increasing force in more broader commercial disputes. Recent cases demonstrate this, including West Ham v E20 Stadium LLP, the first televised civil appeal in the Court of Appeal, in which Paul Downes QC lead a team of three members representing West Ham. In Atlas Navios-Navegacao Lda v Navigators Insurance Co Ltd and others, which went before the Supreme Court, Guy Blackwood QC and Simon Rainey QC were among those successfully representing the respondents.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Paul Downes QCQuadrant ChambersHe gives firm advice and will tackle issues head on.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Paul Downes QCQuadrant ChambersWhen it comes to hard-fought heavyweight litigation he is the go-to silk, there is no one you would rather have beside you in the trenches.