Simon Hough Legal Director – Commercial Litigation and Insolvency

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Contact Details

Legal Director based in London, specialising in commercial litigation and contentious insolvency.

Main areas of practice

Simon is an experienced commercial litigation solicitor. He deals with a wide variety of disputes, primarily for corporate clients, with a focus on claims arising in the context of corporate insolvency, professional negligence recoveries and banking and finance litigation.

Clients

Simon acts for insolvency practitioners, private equity investors and a variety of international and domestic banks and financial institutions. He also has links with litigation funders and key players in the third party funding market.

Significant experience

  • Acting for a major German bank in relation to a complex claim for breach of duty against a commercial property valuer worth in excess of £60million concerning high value, commercial real estate in London.
  • Acting for the liquidators of a UK based serviced office company, pursuing claims for wrongful trading and breach of duty, seeking a contribution in excess of £7million from the directors.
  • Acting for the joint liquidators of a Mauritian bank in relation to the enforcement of loans secured against high value residential properties in London.
  • Advising a banking client in relation to potential recoveries arising from a portfolio of international real estate investments, involving multiple jurisdictions and choices of law.

Interests

Simon is keen on innovation in the funding of legal costs, investment in and acquisition of claims by third parties and finding new ways of funding commercial recoveries.

Expertise

Simon’s Blog

A bird in hand – when to assign an insolvency claim

When a business hits the skids and is placed into administration or liquidation, an insolvency practitioner is duty bound to preserve the tangible assets of the company and protect the interests of creditors. Our expert examines in more detail.

Peeking around the corporate veil

Legal Director Simon Hough looks at the recent case of Palmer Birch (A Partnership) v Lloyd & Anor.

Related Knowledge & Resources

The Disclosure pilot scheme in the Business and Property Courts

A new mandatory disclosure pilot scheme has been operating in the Business and Property Courts since 1 January 2019 and will be in place for at least two years. We take a look in more detail.

Duty of full and frank disclosure: Wild Brain Family International Ltd v (1) Robson & (2) Chubb [2018] EWHC 3163 (Ch)

In court proceedings injunctive relief may be granted to the claimant after successfully asserting a without notice application in circumstances where, for example, there is a case of extreme urgency or if there is a need for secrecy.

Merits of the underlying claim relevant in granting an interim injunction to enforce a restrictive covenant: Berry Recruitment Limited v Brooke Donovan

In this particular employment court case, the court had to rule on an interim injunction against a former employee for a possible breach of restrictive covenant. We explore in more detail.

Taking care with re-use of business name following insolvency

Blake Morgan's guide to the restrictions on involvement with another business trading under the same or similar name, when going through insolvency procedures.

Guide to tenant insolvency

Blake Morgan provide a guide to the process of tenant insolvency