Simon Johnson

Partner. Sydney.

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Simon Johnson

Simon specialises in large scale, complex commercial litigation with a particular focus on clients in the technology and financial services spaces. He has significant experience in running fraud, regulatory and investigations matters. Simon also advises clients on the contentious aspects of cyber and data security issues.

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Simon specialises in large scale, complex commercial litigation with a particular focus on clients in the technology and financial services spaces. He has significant experience in running fraud, regulatory and investigations matters. Simon also advises clients on the contentious aspects of cyber and data security issues.

Simon is ranked in all the leading independent legal directories.

Clients seek out Simon not only for his technical expertise but also because he brings a razor-sharp commercial and strategic lens to his work. As a result, Simon is the “go to” disputes advisor to an array of blue-chip clients including eBay, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, PayPal, Uber, Holcim Lafarge, Tokio Marine HCC, Bank of China and other major financial institutions. 

Simon commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business and commercial drivers.  This enables him to give strategic and practical advice which helps solve large-scale problems and often keeps his clients out of the courtroom.  Simon is regularly called upon to address litigation issues at Boardroom and Senior Management level, in addition to advising General Counsel.

“A standout lawyer, distinguished for his swift mastery of complex issues and formulation of expert advice, incredible responsiveness and for handling all stakeholders with sensitivity and the utmost professionalism” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2017
Simon Johnson

Simon's Expertise

  • Paypal Simon has acted for PayPal for many years in a range of contentious matters including urgent claims for injunctive relief. Most recently, advising PayPal in respect of the termination of one of its largest global merchant partners.
  • eBay Simon has acted for eBay for nearly 10 years in a range of contentious and investigative matters. Most recently, acted in Supreme Court proceedings alleging breach of fiduciary duty and fraud against a former senior executive of eBay and related entities.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc Acted for various members of the HPE and HP group of companies for many years in a wide range of matters, including urgent applications for interlocutory relief, investigations and outsourcing technology disputes.
  • Dr Clark Acted for an IVF practitioner in long-running litigation which ultimately proceeded to a full hearing in the High Court of Australia and which resulted in a completely successful outcome in favour of Simon’s client. The High Court’s decision in Clark v Macourt is now a leading judgment on assessment of damages and mitigation principles.
  • Google Acting in a range of contentious and regulatory matters.
  • Tokio Marine HCC Acts for this global W&I insurer in a range of defended warranty and indemnity insurance claims matters.
  • Major bank Advising this financial services entity in respect of a very large and complex data security investigation and claim against a third party vendor.
  • Kordia Solutions Acted for Kordia (a listed entity on the NZ exchange) in several pieces of litigation arising from a $300+ million claim against Nokia Siemens Networks concerning the services performed by Kordia for NSN on the Vodafone mobile network.
  • ASX listed financial services entity Acted in an investigation arising from allegations made by a whistleblower which also involved responding to and negotiating with the regulators.
  • Bank of China Acted for BOC for many years in a range of regulatory, contentious, litigation and investigations matters.
  • Fletcher Group Acted for Rocla, a subsidiary of the Fletcher Building Group, in litigation concerning the validity of the exercise of an option relating to an agreement for a valuable pipe-making technology and the entitlement of the other party to rectification of the contract and damages. The matter proceeded to a 4 week trial in the Supreme Court of South Australia and then an appeal, before ultimately being settled.
  • EGM of Major Bank Acted for this individual, on instructions from the Bank, in a long running and highly confidential internal and regulatory investigation.
  • Holcim Lafarge Acted for this multinational construction entity in successfully resisting an application for an injunction made by one of Holcim’s contractors.
  • Helmsman Funds Management Acting for this private equity group in a multi-million dollar piece of litigation against a warranty and indemnity insurer arising from the client’s purchase of an aviation business.
  • LinkedIn Successfully defended LinkedIn in an urgent application for interim relief. The matter involved consideration of the client’s global corporate structure, privacy matters as well as the LinkedIn User Agreement, ultimately resulting in an optimal commercial outcome for our client.
  • Big 4 Professional Services Firm Acted in an urgent cyber and fraud investigation into conduct alleged to have been engaged in by one of the firm’s senior contractors. This included allegations that the contractor had stolen highly sensitive corporate information and locked the firm out of one of its key external websites.  

Simon's Leadership

  • International Bar Association Member
  • Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association Member

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer – Dispute Resolution” Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides 2013 - 2018
  • “Leading Lawyer - Anti-Bribery & Corruption and Dispute Resolution” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2013 - 2018
  • “Best Lawyer – Alternative Dispute Resolution” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2016 - 2018
  • “Highly Recommended – Dispute Resolution” Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2015 - 2018
  • “I would recommend Simon’s services to any client dealing with a corporate fraud matter.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018
  • “He led the investigations and interviews with key witnesses with professionalism, efficiency and tact and was very responsive and service-oriented.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018
  • “A real expert in the technology sector and a very capable, strategic partner” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2018
  • “A standout lawyer, distinguished not only for his swift mastery of complex issues and formulation of expert advice, but also for incredible responsiveness to client needs and for handling all stakeholders with sensitivity and utmost professionalism” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2017
  • “Superb lawyer, very pragmatic and smart, who always seeks the best results for his clients. Is also noted for his strategic insight and straightforward, approachable and friendly manner.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “Prompt, excellent service and superior advice” Chambers Global Guide, 2016
  • “Great knowledge and commercial acumen, who provides superior advice and is an outstanding strategist” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015

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