Called in 2006
2002 - BA (Hons), English Language and Literature, First Class – University of Oxford
2004 - Graduate Diploma in Law, City University.
2005 - Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent, Inns of Court School of Law
2006 - LL.M., Harvard Law School, USA
Scholarships and Awards
Lord Haldane CPE Scholarship (2003 – 2004)
Lord Denning BVC Scholarship (2004 – 2005)
Hardwicke Entrance Award (2003 – 2004)
HLS Edmund J. Curley Scholarship (2005 – 2006)
Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Scholarship (2006 – 2007)
Simon is a civil practitioner appearing regularly for Claimants and Defendants in the county court in all tracks and advising on a range of areas.
During his professional career, Simon has built a particular focus on PI and negligence, and also has a keen interest in the broad range of legal issues surrounding travel and holiday law. Shortly after being taken on as a tenant, in 2008 he undertook a year’s secondment as a lawyer for the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, dealing with complex international legal issues in a broad variety of revenue and customs matters.
He is quick to pick up the salient facts from new papers, and always works hard to get the best result for his clients, whether in court, during settlement negotiations, pre-litigation advice or in the preparation of pleadings. Simon is a robust, thorough advocate, approachable in preparation and conference, and has a keen emphasis on client care.
Recent notable cases:
M v S (Costs), Horsham County Court: Detailed costs assessment, dealing with the cross-over interpretation of the MOJ Stage III costs and CPR 44.4 (reported in Lawtel at LTL 19/8/2013, document AC0138117).
Z v S (Allocation), Chelmsford County Court: Appeared for Claimant in a complex application relating to unparticularised admissions under CPR 26.8(2) (“amounts in dispute”), and the appropriate allocation which followed.
C v B (Experts), Manchester County Court: Appeared for the Claimant in a complex two-day false accident trial involving complex expert evidence and serious allegations of fraud; despite finding of fraud in a finely balanced case, no permission for committal.
B v T (Package Tour Regulations), Derby County Court: Successfully appeared for the Defendant in a broadly-cover trial involving Package Tour Regulations, a cruise requiring changes due to the Egyptian Civil War and the required early morning wake-up calls.
C v M and H (Limitation), Nuneaton County Court: Successfully argued for the Claimant (over three days) for the extension of time limits in an clinical negligence case in which the Particulars of Claim were unissued almost three years after the issue of the Claim Form and after the expiry of limitation.
A v T (Open plan offices and Employer’s Liability), Middlesborough County Court: Successfully represented the Defendant in a two-day employers liability trial relating to the proper arrangements of computer and telephone wiring in shared “open plan” office space.
S v T (Click through terms), Oldham County Court: Successfully argued for the Defendant that a “click-through” and hyperlink agreement (with terms and conditions available) bound the Claimant to his contract and the cancellations terms were not unfair.
W v T (Montreal Convention), Bradford County Court: Succeeded at trial and permission for appeal hearing in intricate air travel case, involving the interaction of the Montreal Convention 1999 and injuries caused by allergies to otherwise safe food.
What clients say;
"Simon is an excellent barrister and it's great to know your matter is in safe hands. I instruct him as much as I can" - Specialist Personal Injury Solicitor
South Eastern Circuit