Simon Hattan > Serle Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Serle Court
6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QS
England

Position

Commercial chancery litigation, including in particular commercial fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, trusts litigation, banking and finance, professional negligence and contractual disputes. Also significant experience in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, especially those related to the financial services industry. Cases include: Terry and others v Watchstone, RBS Rights Issue Litigation, Kingate Funds v KML and others (Supreme Court of Bermuda), Alhamrani v Alhamrani (BVI Commercial Court, Court of Appeal + Privy Council), Alhamrani v Alhamrani (Jersey Royal Court – breach of trust and fiduciary duty), ACKO v Van Bom (fraud) RBS v Winterthur (breach of warranty, fraudulent misrepresentation), Hoben International v Horton and others (breach of fiduciary duty, breach of confidence), Charter v City Index (knowing receipt), FSA v Legal & General (FSMA Tribunal), Philips v Symes (partnership/fraud), FSA v CSFB International (regulatory proceedings).

Career

Called 1999. Previously worked in international financial markets.

Memberships

COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, Financial Services Lawyers Association.

Education

BSc(Hons); Dip Law(Distinction), City University, London.

Leisure

Sport, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Simon HattanSerle Court ‘Simon is hard working and thorough; his views are always considered and well thought out. His written style is excellent and he is a persuasive advocate.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon HattanSerle CourtSimon is extremely strong at getting on top of large amounts of complex material, and identifying how they will be seen by a neutral decision-maker. He is particularly well-suited to work requiring close forensic analysis of evidence.’

Serle Court stands out for offshore banking and finance, and is making a strong name for Middle Eastern matters, with ‘considerable depth in quality and one of the few offering genuine specialism in DIFC Court work‘. Rupert Reed KC  is particularly active on this front and represented First Abu Dhabi Bank in First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC and FAB Securities LLC v Larmag Holdings, which involved resisting a freezing injunction with major jurisdictional implications for the DIFC. Philip Marshall KC has also been leading Simon Hattan  for one of the defendants in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, involving allegations of bribery and fraud in respect of banking and investments by Kuwait’s state pension fund. David Blayney KC continues to be a major figure in the banking space.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon HattanSerle Court ‘Simon is extremely strong at getting on top of large amounts of complex material, and identifying how they will be seen by a neutral decision-maker. He is particularly well-suited to work requiring close forensic analysis of evidence. As an advocate, he is able to present that material in a manner that is readily accessible for the tribunal.’

Serle Court is ‘a class act‘ with ‘a number of fantastic silks and excellent junior coming up‘. The set has a top-notch reputation for high-end Chancery, offshore, and fraud claims, which translates well into broader commercial disputes. Several members, including Jonathan Adkin KC and Adil Mohamedbhai  for the trustee defendants and James Weale for an intervenor, are involved in Wong v Grand View Private Trust Company & Ors, a case before the Bermuda Supreme Court in which the claimant seeks to recover billions of dollars of assets purportedly held in the purpose trusts on behalf of his late father’s estate. Philip Marshall KC and Simon Hattan  are acting for one of the defendants, Kamran Amouzegar, in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a US$800m-plus fraud claim involving bribery allegations linked to banking and investments of Kuwait’s state pension fund.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon HattanSerle CourtThorough, determined and very easy to work with. A real go to for all things civil fraud.’

Second to none for civil fraud‘, Serle Court is noted for its ‘superb silks and even better juniors‘. The set’s top-notch reputation for offshore and Chancery matters feeds into its market-leading commercial fraud practice. Members have been involved in several of the largest cases to hit the courts, including Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Ors, a US$800m fraud claim involving bribery allegations linked to the banking and investments of the state pension fund of Kuwait, with Hugh Norbury KC co-leading for the claimant and Jonathan Adkin KC, Philip Marshall KC, Simon Hattan  and Charlotte Beynon  among those acting for defendants. Senior juniors are often top choices for silks outside of chambers, as demonstrated by James Weale‘s role on the claimant team in the long-running oligarch dispute Chernukhin v Deripaska, including a two-day Court of Appeal hearing in 2021.