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
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 negligence and personal injury. Simon has extensive court and advisory experience in all issues relating to road traffic accidents (including credit hire and fraud) as well as a broad range of other personal injury and procedural issues (occupiers liability, the Highways Act, costs etc).
Simon also has considerable experience with cases relating to travel and holidays, including litigation under the Package Tour Regulations and EU Regulation 261/2004 (the ‘denied boarding’ regulation).
Shortly after being taken on as a tenant, 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.
Recent notable cases:
Smith v Owen (Costs), Birkenhead County Court: Successfully appeared for the Defendant in case analysing appropriate circumstances to exit the Pre-Action Protocol Portal for failure to pay disbursements (reported in Lawtel at 2016 WL 08609407)
S v B (Rights of Audience), Chichester County Court: Appeal on the issue of rights of audience, the Legal Services Act 2007 and legal executives.
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.
Murray v Smith (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).
B v T (Package Tour Regulations), Derby County Court: Successfully appeared for the Defendant in a broadly covered 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.
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.
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)
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