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Simon Mills

Call: 1994


Simon Mills is an experienced commercial barrister working in civil fraud, banking & finance litigation, contentious insolvency and asset recovery. He is lead counsel in the Arena litigation, a series of asset-recovery cases involving the largest hire purchase fraud ever seen in the UK with losses exceeding £280 million.

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

Simon been long been recognised as a leading barrister in Commercial Dispute Resolution in Chambers and Partners, and Chambers Global, and is recommended in Civil Fraud, Commercial Litigation, and Banking and Finance in Legal 500. Directory quotes comment that he is “A formidable advocate and a must-have part of our litigation arsenal”, “Brilliant at devising strategies and commercial solutions to the most complex issues”, “Simon Mills is a master tactician who is as good on his feet as he is on paper”, “Readily available, irrespective of time zones and will work around clients to include after-hour conferences – goes above and beyond.”

Simon is also an established author on a wide-range of topics on the law of business, insolvency and finance, including “Salinger on Factoring” (2020) and “Goode on Proprietary Rights and Insolvency in Sales Transactions” (2010). A new updated edition of Salinger is due to be published in early 2024.

In recent years, Simon has been invited to speak at the Alternative & Receivables Finance Forum in London on “Fraud – risk management for alternative finance”, and at the invitation of the Attorney-General of Ghana he spoke on “Fraud, Asset Tracing and Enforcement” in the Volta Region, Ghana.

“Simon will really fight the corner of his clients and gets the job done – he’s highly regarded as a senior junior but in truth can out-perform most QCs.” “A great barrister when you have a big fight on your hands. Not afraid to roll up his sleeves, he is a hard worker who is lovely to work with.”
Chambers & Partners 2023