Sir Simon Bryan was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1988, after studying law at Magdalene College Cambridge where he obtained a Double First Class Honours degree in law. He was a member of Essex Court Chambers for 28 years where he specialised in shipping, insurance and reinsurance, oil and gas litigation and civil fraud. He was appointed a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2013.
As a junior he acted in the Lloyd’s litigation and as counsel for British Shipbuilders in the Public Inquiry into the loss of the M.V. Derbyshire. He took silk in 2006, and acted on behalf of one of the successful defendants in the long-running Fiona Trust litigation.
He was appointed a Recorder in 2009 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2013, initially in the Administrative Court and subsequently in the Commercial Court. He also acted as an arbitrator and a CEDR accredited mediator. Between 2015 and 2017 he was Chief Justice of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, British Antarctica and the British Indian Ocean Territory. He is Editor of the Encyclopaedia of International Commercial Litigation.
In 2017 he was appointed as a High Court Judge assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and nominated to sit as a Judge of the Commercial Court. In 2020 he was appointed as a judge authorised to try cases in the Financial List and was also appointed as a judge authorised to sit in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is currently a Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit.