Practising barrister (King’s Counsel) at 3 Hare Court, Temple, London EC4Y 7BJ (3 Hare Court Chambers), Bencher and Assistant Master to the Pictures at Inner Temple.
Simon Davenport KC is a practising barrister (King’s Counsel) at 3 Hare Court, Temple, London EC4Y 7BJ (3 Hare Court Chambers). He was until recently joint head of chambers (2018 – 2022). He is a Bencher of Inner Temple and is currently the Assistant Master to the Pictures there.
Simon Davenport KC practices as a commercial and civil fraud lawyer with other expertise in trust law, insolvency and professional negligence (including valuation) cases. He has sat as an arbitrator in multiple jurisdictions and has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for many years. Additionally, he has written numerous articles for leading publications and has written on art pieces for the Inner Temple.
Simon Davenport KC has conducted litigation in respect of art works in the highest courts in England. He represented the Metropolitan Police Commissioner in a series of highly important international art and art fraud cases. During that time working with detectives who all had history of art degrees he decided to formally study and 1998 – 2002 obtained a history of art degree from London University, Birkbeck College, part time.
Simon Davenport KC was until recently a trustee for eight years of the Contemporary Art Society, the oldest art charity in the UK and one of the oldest in the world.
Simon Davenport KC started collecting art whilst at university and has collected all his life. He has lent many important pieces to numerous museums including a collection of Viennese Auctionist pictures to the Tate modern for 2/3 years.
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom