Simon’s sports law practice has focused to date on commercial contracts and claims arising from player on player tackles. He has substantial experience of employment law issues and uses this knowledge (and his extensive Tribunal experience) in disputes over wages, termination, or any other contractual issues between players, staff and clubs. In addition, he is comfortable in handling claims involving serious injury and/or clinical negligence by club staff.
Though he chiefly acts for clubs and their insurers, he is happy to accept claimant work. He is also developing his practice in line with the other areas of Chambers’ expertise in this field, and has a keen interest in regulation in sport. As a spectator, Simon’s passions are rugby union, domestic football and F1.
Examples of experience:
- Premier League u21 Player v Premier League Club: Simon acts for the Club in a claim by a former U 21 squad player, who suffered a serious leg break in a pre-season friendly. The claim was brought in the High Court, but Simon appeared with Graeme Macpherson QC and successfully obtained a stay to arbitration under the FA Rules, on the grounds that a player-on-player tackle was caught by the arbitration clause in Rule K. Simon continues to act in the arbitration.
- Ashton v The FA, Chelsea FC and Anor: Defended Chelsea FC and its PL insurers in an extremely high value claim, whereby Ashton alleged that his playing career was ended by player’s negligent tackle, and that the FA and Chelsea were vicariously liable for the player’s actions (which occurred during training for international duty). Simon appeared as sole Counsel for Chelsea at the mediation.
- Thorpe v London Irish RFC: Simon acts for the Club. This claim involves allegations of negligence diagnosis and management of a forearm fracture by Club medical staff, which the player claims affected his performance throughout the season and his subsequent career arc.
- Red Bull Racing Limited v Major Sponsor: Defending a claim brought the Red Bull Racing F1 team, arising out of a sponsorship and supply agreement. The client was a major Japanese food and drinks retailer, producer and distiller and counterclaimed for breaches of promotion obligations.
- Footballer v Championship Club: Defending the Club in another case involving against allegations of clinical negligence, this time by club’s head physiotherapist in the diagnosis and management of ankle injury, which is said to have caused the Club to renege on offer of premiership player contract for 2012-2013 season.
- Rule K Arbitration: Instructed in a dispute between a former manager and assistant manager of a football league side, to defend the Club against claims for unpaid wages and wrongful termination of their contracts following a disappointing season.
- Advising on coverage for an injury to an assistant referee during a training match convened by the FA’s subsidiary, Professional Game Match Officials Limited
- Advised defendant sports association’s insurers in relation to coverage for claimant’s employment tribunal claim and on conduct issues within the litigation solicitor’s performance of its retainer.