Call: 1982 QC: 2003
Simon’s main area of practice is professional indemnity litigation, acting mainly for but also against lawyers, accountants, and surveyors and valuers, with a particular emphasis on fraud and property-related claims. Simon is ranked by the two main legal directories Chambers & Partners UK, 2016 (Professional Discipline) and The Legal 500, 2016 (Professional Negligence and Professional Discipline & Regulatory) "He is sharp, professional, commercial and astute, and he really cares about his clients", “very practical and he delivers a speedy turnaround”, “he knows his stuff, and is prompt, organised and very user-friendly”, praised for being “well respected for his significant presence in solicitors' disciplinary matters. He also has expertise on cases relating to accountancy and surveying.” “Careful and thorough”, "his performance is measured and well considered, and he commands respect." Clients say his defining strength is his “tenacity when the odds seem stacked against him.” In addition, Simon acts in the developing field of information technology and computer-related litigation.
Simon also advises in a wide range of commercial litigation including, insurance and reinsurance (particularly but not exclusively in relation to professional liability and indemnity issues), partnership disputes and product liability. He regularly appears in arbitrations and mediations, and has experience of representing many professions at disciplinary tribunals. He recently represented the principal respondent in the longest ever hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Simon is an accredited mediator (ADR Chambers 2009) and has mediated (as sole mediator and as a joint mediator) disputes concerning professional indemnity claims and commercial contract disputes.
He also accepts appointments as an arbitrator in commercial and professional liability and insurance cases.
Simon is an Independent Reviewer appointed by the Architects Registration Board (2010).
In 2010 Simon was appointed as a Recorder (Civil) and in 2013 he was authorised to sit as a Judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court.
Simon is an experienced advocacy and ethics trainer and is a member of the Advocacy Training Council’s Training and Accreditation Committee which accredits BPTC advocacy trainers.
Simon was a member of the Bar Standards Board from its inception in January 2006 until December 2011, and was Chair of the BSB’s Qualifications Committee. He currently chairs the BSB’s Pupillage Review Implementation Group. Simon chaired the Bar Council’s Pupillage Board in 2005 and was a member of the Bar Council’s Education & Training Committee, 2004-5.
He is a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple (2004) and sits on Middle Temple’s Scholarships & Prizes, Education and Students’ and Barristers’ Affairs Committees.
Simon is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the Chancery Bar Association, the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association, COMBAR, and the Western Circuit.
Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, University of Manchester (1978-1981) LLB Hons