Simon Carroll is a partner and solicitor-advocate in the dispute resolution group.
An experienced litigator and solicitor-advocate, Simon specialises in cross-border commercial litigation & arbitration, insolvency & company disputes, sports law, and public law. He also has expertise in construction disputes; regulatory disputes, often acting for professionals & directors; and reputational risk.
With significant experience acting for a range of household names, Simon provides practical and commercially focused advice.
Simon has conducted litigation in most civil divisions of the English High Court; in the Court of Appeal & the Supreme Court; and has gained significant experience in domestic, international, and industry-specific arbitrations. He deals with disputes across all commercial sectors, and has particular experience in environmental energy, construction/insurance, technology, pharmaceutical, and commercial sport & media.
Prior to joining B P Collins LLP, Simon was in-house counsel for a global FTSE 30 ‘fast moving consumer goods’ company, focusing on commercial and regulatory disputes.
Simon’s commercial experience includes:
- the UK’s first Article 7(2) challenge under the Defamation Act 2013, and the first exercise of judicial discretion to decline jurisdiction under Article 30, Recast Brussels Regs in a €34m defamation action for a foreign government-owned seaport;
- a multi-million USD ICC arbitration against a foreign state; and
- a judicial review challenge to provisions of the UK government’s renewable energy scheme.
With a growing sports law practice, Simon has also acted for a number of athletes, including a multi-time Olympian; and often advises businesses and stakeholders on commercial and ‘sports-related’ disputes. He is a member of the Sports Resolutions pro bono panel, and the Australia + New Zealand Sports Law Association.
As an advocate, Simon has appeared before a range of courts and tribunals involving commercial and insolvency disputes, and won Solicitor-Advocate of the Year at the BB&O Law Society awards 2019.
Simon is often asked for media comment, and was recently interviewed on BBC Radio in connection with intellectual property issues in TV & media. He has also appeared as panel ’expert’, discussing data protection, and commercial and insolvency issues, for various industry bodies.
Ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in The Legal 500’s 2023 review, and in Chambers & Partners, clients describe Simon as “…an excellent lawyer and advocate and certainly an expert within his fields”.
Outside the office
Simon is a non-executive director of a multi-academy trust. He enjoys almost all sports, including triathlons, completing his first Ironman 70.3 in 2014; and in December 2017 was part of a five-man crew which successfully sailed unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean.