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Overview

Simon has been a tenant since finishing pupillage in 2009.  Before becoming a Barrister he had a successful career as a public relations professional and worked as a researcher and advisor at the House of Commons.

He has a diverse practice but is most often instructed in personal injury cases in which he acts both for Claimants and Defendants.

In addition, Simon is regularly instructed in fraud cases both to advise and at trial.

Away from the Bar, Simon is married to a doctor and lives in Leicestershire with his young family.  He still tries to be a footballer when he gets the chance and, less frequently, a runner.  He can usually be relied on to turn out for the Chambers football team.

Personal Injury

The main focus of Simon’s practice is on personal injury claims in which he acts for Claimants and Defendants.

He is experienced in and regularly instructed across the whole range of personal injury cases, including:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Workplace and industrial injuries
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Highways claims

Simon is an experienced trial advocate appearing in County Courts nationwide both on final hearings and interlocutory matters.

He is thorough and conscientious and will deal with instructions promptly and efficiently including attending to urgent matters by telephone or email if needs be.

Since the beginning of 2014 Simon has been regularly instructed to deal with relief from sanction applications and regularly deploys or opposes arguments arising from Mitchell v News Group Newspapers [2013] EWCA Civ 1537 and subsequent cases.  He has also undertaken numerous Costs and Case Management Hearings.

Simon has recently successfully defended a number of occupiers’ liability claims arising from accidents involving children at soft play areas.

He is also experienced in dealing with complicated highways cases including those involving public rights of way and the rule in McGeown v Northern Ireland Housing Executive [1994] All ER 53.

Simon is well versed in all aspects of credit hire litigation and has acted for both Claimants and Defendants across the whole range of cases, including the successful defence of a six-figure claim for hire involving a luxury vehicle.

He has also been led in the High Court by Dominic Nolan QC in the successful defence of a multi-million pound bullying / stress at work claim brought an investment bank.

Counter Fraud

Simon is regularly instructed by Defendant insurers in fraud cases.

As well as being an experienced trial advocate, he is well versed in the issues surrounding the proper pleading of fraud allegations (and in particular following the case of Hussain v Amin [2012] EWCA Civ 1456) and regularly advises on such cases.

He is also experienced in dealing with allegations of low velocity impact and causation issues as well as issues that arise with disclosure including the use of surveillance evidence.

Recent cases include the successful defence of a ‘flash for cash’ road traffic accident in which a main road driver was found to have flashed his lights to signal out a side road driver before deliberately inducing a collision.

Simon has given presentations to professional clients on the best tactics to deploy in fraud cases including to the Insurance Fraud Investigators Group.

Clinical Negligence

Simon has experience in dealing with a range of clinical negligence claims.

He represented a serving prisoner in a claim arising from mismanagement of diabetes as well as advising on and pleading a number of complicated multi-track and High Court actions.

Simon has delivered seminars to groups such as the Medical Defence Union both on his own and alongside Dominic Nolan QC.

Costs

Simon is experienced in dealing with detailed assessments and in issues arising from the correct application of Part 36.

He is also experienced in dealing with costs budgeting hearings up and down the country and is used to the varying attitudes that Courts are taking to them.

Simon also regularly deals with costs issues in cases which have, for whatever reason, exited the MOJ claims portal.

Disability Discrimination

Simon has a particular interest in Equality Act 2010 claims and is generally representing Claimants in claims for injury to feelings following particular acts of discrimination.

Recent cases include successfully representing a young disabled man who did not achieve a place on a higher education course despite meeting the relevant academic criteria as well as cases involving those denied access to public and transport services.

Notable Cases

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Counter Fraud
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Costs
  • Disability Discrimination

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Recent News

  • Deputy District Judge Appointment

    In May 2015 Simon was appointed a Deputy District Judge (Civil).  One of 87 appointed by the Lord Chief Justice from a pool of over 1,000 applicants.  Simon has been assigned to the South East circuit and will sit once he has completed a week long training course.  Simon will be sitting as well as carrying on his current practice.

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