Herbert Smith Freehills partner Simon Chapman appointed Queen’s Counsel

Hong Kong-based arbitration partner Simon Chapman, 39, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and Wales.

Simon is one of only four solicitor-advocates amongst the 114 QCs appointed this year.

Once he takes silk on 16 March 2020, he will be one of a handful of solicitor QCs in Asia, and the fourth QC currently practising at Herbert Smith Freehills.

“Simon is an extremely talented advocate, and we are very proud of this richly deserved appointment,” said Paula Hodges QC, Global Head of the International Arbitration practice at Herbert Smith Freehills. “It reflects Simon’s legal excellence and demonstrates the high esteem in which he is held by his peers, colleagues and clients.”

“With Simon’s appointment, Herbert Smith Freehills joins a very small group of firms that can offer its clients in-house access to senior advocacy through a practising QC based in Asia” said Executive Partner and CEO Elect Justin D’Agostino. “The appointment highlights the high calibre of talent and the bench strength of the firm’s market-leading disputes practice in the region and across our global disputes practice.”

The prestigious appointment of QC is made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the UK Lord Chancellor, following consideration by an independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel. The appointment is given to distinguished practitioners based on merit, and in recognition of their professional ability, reputation and integrity.

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