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Serle Court
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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).


Called 1999. Previously worked in international financial markets.


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


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


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Simon HattanSerle CourtTop-notch senior junior – works hard, is reliable and produces excellent work product.

Serle Court is an ‘excellent commercial set‘ whose members are often instructed on market-leading and complex banking and finance disputes, including many with an international angle. Recent mandates include The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a dispute involving Kuwait’s state pension fund in which Philip Marshall QC and Simon Hattan represented one of the defendants. David Blayney QC is regularly involved in heavyweight disputes, including ongoing proceedings linked to the Lehman Brothers collapse. Rupert Reed QC is often silk of choice for Middle Eastern financial disputes, such as (1) First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC (2) FAB Securities LLC v. Larmag Holdings BV before the DIFC Court and Court of Appeal.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Simon HattanSerle CourtMarvelous – thorough, intelligent, fights a client’s case and can be relied upon completely.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Simon HattanSerle CourtDiligent, thorough and clear – he has a good written style and is a persuasive advocate.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Simon HattanSerle CourtExtremely competent and very hard-working barrister – he is responsive and bright, and very user-friendly.