Simon Bryan QC has an extensive, and wide ranging, commercial practice. He is an experienced lead trial advocate appearing in complex commercial disputes before the English courts at all levels (including in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal) as well as in international commercial arbitrations (LCIA, LMAA, ICC and UNCITRAL) taking place in London, in Europe or worldwide. His advice is regularly sought on both contentious and non-contentious matters arising under English law, and oral and written advocacy are at the heart of his practice. He also accepts appointments as an arbitrator and as a mediator.
His clients include leading insurance and reinsurance companies, shipping interests, commodity traders, energy companies, accountancy firms and financial institutions. He is frequently instructed in high value multi-jurisdictional disputes both in court and in arbitration, and has extensive experience of handling large scale commercial litigation having appeared in some of the highest profile cases in the Commercial Court over the last twenty years including the Lloyd's litigation, the Film Finance litigation and, in 2010, the Fiona Trust action, which culminated in the dismissal of all claims of civil fraud against his client, with an award of indemnity costs against the losing party, after a 76 day trial that was described by The Times as "the shipping trial of the century".
He has been consistently ranked as a leading commercial barrister by the professional directories in practice areas that have included arbitration, shipping, commodities, energy, insurance and reinsurance and information technology. He has been described in Chambers & Partners as "one of the hardest working silks at the Bar", "a fluent, captivating advocate" who is "impressive and bright", "extremely conscientious" and “very good at getting things done”, whilst Legal 500 has described him as a "tenacious advocate" with an "exceptional knowledge of the law" who “thinks quickly on his feet”, and “goes down well with the court” and "whose work on written submissions is described as second-to-none".