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Simon Mills

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Simon Mills is an experienced commercial law barrister specialising in banking & commercial finance, insolvency and asset recovery. As our Commercial Team Leader he is committed to providing a modern litigation and advisory service across all these areas. Simon worked in business for 10 years before going to university which gives him a solid grounding in the real-world challenges facing modern businesses.

Simon is known for his user-friendly service and practical approach to helping his clients who are mainly banks, financial institutions, companies and insolvency practitioners.

Simon has acted as an expert on the effect of VAT and the characterisation of invoice discounting agreements in Ireland, and on proprietary rights and insolvency in sale of goods transactions in a case in Russia.

Directories rate Simon Mills as a leading junior barrister in Commercial Litigation, commenting that he is “A formidable advocate and a must-have part of our litigation arsenal” and  Brilliant at devising strategies and commercial solutions to the most complex issues.”

Simon has long-understood the requirements of commercial clients, and works almost exclusively in the specialist fields of:

  • Banking (including enforcement of debentures, loans, guarantees, securities and mortgages)
  • Factoring, invoice discounting and trade finance
  • Commercial fraud, conspiracy and tracing remedies
  • Contentious insolvency (administrations, receiverships and liquidations)
  • Interim and urgent injunctions (particularly asset-freezing orders and proprietary freezing orders, and post-judgment enforcement)
  • Sale of goods (domestic and international), agency and bailment
Catalyst Business Finance Ltd v Very Tangy Television Ltd & Tuckwell [2018] (Jefford J) LTL 25/9/2018, Johal v Elm Property Finance Ltd [2018] (May J) LTL 13/03/18, BHL v Leumi ABL Ltd [2018] 1 All ER (Comm) 965, Stanley Houghton v PB Donoghue (Construction) Ltd [2017] EWHC 1475 (Ch) (Murray Rosen QC), Stanley Houghton v PB Donoghue (Construction) Ltd [2017] EWHC 1738 (Ch) (Morgan J), Kevin Murphy as TiB for Mohammed Afzal v Abdullah and Interpoise Ltd [2017] (ChD) 16/01/17 (Robert Miles QC), Bibby Factors Northwest Ltd v HFD Ltd [2016] 1 Lloyd's Rep 517, Capital for Enterprise Fund & Maven Capital Partners LLP v Bibby Financial Services Ltd [2015] 6 Costs L.R. 1059, Capital for Enterprise Fund & Maven Capital Partners LLP v Bibby Financial Services Ltd [2015] EWHC 2593 (Ch), Kowalishin v Roberts & Tech21 UK Ltd [2015] EWHC 1333 (Ch), ABN Amro Commercial Finance plc v McGinn [2014] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 333, Capita Trust Ltd v Optical Service (UK) Ltd [2014] EWHC 991 (Ch), Butterfield Bank (UK) Ltd v Philip [2013] EWHC 1305 (Comm), Prima Equity Ltd v West Bromwich Commercial Ltd [2013] EWHC 1450, Valley Grown Salads v Bassini [2013] EWHC 1304 LTL  21/03/13, RBS Invoice Finance Ltd v Dymond [2012] LTL  09/02/12, Uddington Business Ltd v Anthony Browne & John Maxwell [2011] LTL 09/12/11, Barnett & Henley Estates Ltd v Rose, Jackaman & Bales [2011] LTL 21/09/11, Anglo-Irish Asset Finance Ltd v Flood & Riddell [2011] EWCA Civ 799, Anglo-Irish Asset Finance Ltd v Flood & Riddell (unreported), 04/03/ 11,


Called 1994; Lincoln’s Inn. Publications of note: joint editor of ‘Salinger on Factoring’ (4th ed, 2006); sole editor of ‘Goode on Proprietary Rights and Insolvency in Sales Transactions’ (3rd ed, 2009) by Professor Sir Roy Goode.




Wolfson College, Cambridge University (MA Cantab).


Wine, cooking, football.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

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