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Simon Oakes practises in commercial law, with a particular focus on banking & financial services matters. He has been involved in major financial services cases in recent years, including the LIBOR manipulation cases of Graiseley Properties Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc in the Court of Appeal, and Hockin v Royal Bank of Scotland in the High Court.

Having been seconded to both the Financial Services Authority and the Pensions Regulator, Simon has acted for individuals in complex regulatory cases, including those brought by international banking regulators.

Commercial & Chancery

Simon is instructed in commercial work more generally, including:

• Advising as to the impact of Brexit on the reasonable security of periodical payments (particularly in relation to FSCS cover) in catastrophic personal injury cases

• Representing a number of timeshare clubs in relation to debt claims and disputes about constitutional amendments

• An increasing number of company and insolvency matters in the High Court and County Court, including disqualification of company directors, actions against former directors, annulment of bankruptcy petitions and injunctive relief

• As part of the counsel team representing the directors of an off-shore Investment Manager and off-shore Fund in a significant high-value shareholder dispute

• Hermes Ors v Banco Espirito Santo. Acting for investors in a civil fraud claim against the failed Portuguese bank and its former directors

• Advising on matters arising out of a film investment scheme

• Simon also appears in the County Court in relation to general commercial / contractual disputes.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • Association of Pension Lawyers


  • Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize For Advocacy
  • Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford University

Simon Oakes is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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