January 22, 2019

Simon Garbett

Simon Garbett is a partner working out of Squire Patton Boggs' Birmingham and London offices and is head of the Litigation team in Birmingham. Simon’s practice is global in scope and includes both public and private sector clients. Areas of key focus are cross-border disputes, manufacturing, supply chain and product liability issues (particularly in the aerospace, automotive and industrial products sectors), as well as a broad range of financial services litigation, including for banks, brokers, insurers and pensions clients. Simon is a qualified Solicitor Advocate.

Simon’s main area of expertise involves complex commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution (including mediation), regularly acting for banks, corporates, housing associations/registered social landlords, NHS trusts, pension trustees, local authorities, central government departments and universities. In particular, Simon has a wealth of experience in representing UK and global manufacturers and advanced engineering clients.

Simon handles a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering disputes, commercial contract claims (including supplier and supply chain disputes), defamation cases, employment disputes (breach of restrictive covenants and confidential information), insurance and negligence claims (including nuisance cases), judicial review matters, product liability issues, procurement and PFI disputes, sale of goods act cases, Housing Stock Transfer disputes and corporate litigation matters (including fraud, shareholder and warranty claims).

Simon has represented commercial and government clients in a significant number of successful mediations and is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution. He is a qualified Solicitor Advocate, with rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales.

Simon is part of the firm’s global leadership group for the automotive sector and, together with Sarah Rathke in Cleveland, Ohio, regularly contributes to the firm's Global Supply Chain Law blog.

Experience

  • Acting for a market-leading manufacturer of industrial hosing solutions in respect of EU labelling risks and the allegedly defective manufacture and supply of certain lightering hoses to customers for use in ship to ship and ship to shore transfers of petroleum products.

  • Acting in defence of a £15 million liquidated damages and loss of revenue claim by a major European carrier for the allegedly late delivery of allegedly defective lie flat business class seats for installation into the airline’s fleet of A330-300 and A340-300 aircraft.

  • Acting for a major high street clearing bank in respect of a wide range of retail banking disputes, including pursuing multimillion-pound professional negligence claims, advising on recovering payments made by mistake, fraud issues and the defence of a portfolio of more than 400 PPI disputes with customers arising from the alleged mis-selling of those products.

  • Representing the UK subsidiary of a US-headquartered staffing/workplace management solutions company on a multimillion-pound dispute following a sale and purchase.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Simon Garbett

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