Called to the Bar (Middle Temple): 1982
Queen’s Counsel: 2003
Master of the Bench, Middle Temple: 2004
Recorder (Civil): 2010
Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division): 2013
Simon is an accredited mediator (ADR Chambers 2009) and has mediated (as sole mediator and as a joint mediator) disputes concerning professional indemnity and insurance claims and commercial contract disputes, many of which are multi-party cases, often of very substantial value.
Simon is a clear, effective and hard-working mediator. He is committed to parties reaching their own voluntary decisions with a view to settling all issues in dispute, to allowing parties to participate fully in the process, and to suggesting creative and productive options to encourage settlement. Simon’s approach is always to have a solid and detailed grasp of the issues in the dispute, and to understand the parties’ positions, with a view to narrowing issues (in advance where possible) and reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.
“Absolutely convinced that we would not have got anywhere close to a deal had it not been for all your hard work.”
“Thanks for your sterling assistance and support throughout last Friday culminating in a settlement which enables our clients to move on without the uncertainty of litigation hanging over the heads. Your calm and considered approach to the realities of the litigation created the right environment for settlement.”
“Thank you for all your help and, in particular, ensuring that we and our clients were able to deal with matters in such a calm environment having you acting as a buffer against the other side.”
“The settlement would not have been achieved without your hard work and persistence with the other parties.”
“Just a few lines to thank you very much for your help and professionalism during our mediation.”
“Thanks once again for having worked so hard both during, and before, the day. All of this meant that the mediation hit the ground running.”
“My clients were very impressed with your approach.”
Recent mediations include:
- Multi-million pound multi-party commercial contract claim and counterclaim
- Multi-million pound multi-party share sale claim
- Claims against valuers – multi-million pound disputes in both residential and commercial property transactions
- Insurance coverage dispute – fraud issues
- Claim against solicitor – conveyancing issues
- Claim against barristers – family law issues
- Claim against solicitor – dishonesty allegations
- Costs dispute
- Claim against solicitor – personal injury and insurance dispute
- Dispute over provenance and sale of rally car
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 has for a number of years been mentioned in the “Professional Negligence” section of Chambers & Partners’ UK Guide to the Legal Profession, where he has been described as “careful and thorough” and “experienced in handling solicitor claims, as well as claims involving barristers and accountants”, and that he “draws admiration for his commitment and leadership in defending solicitors against negligence claims. Clients say his defining strength is his ‘tenacity when the odds seem stacked against him’.”
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 (particularly lawyers) at disciplinary tribunals.
Simon was a member of the Bar Standards Board from its inception in 2006 until 2011, and chaired the Qualifications Committee. 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, Students’ and Barristers’ Affairs and Education Committees.
Since 2010, Simon has sat regularly as a Recorder (Civil), principally in Central London and Bristol. In 2013 Simon was authorised to sit as a Judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court.
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.
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