Simon is regularly instructed to settle pleadings, advise on, and appear in claims against professionals across a range of industries, though with a particular focus on solicitors and valuers.
Examples of Simon’s work in this area include:
- Being led by Ben Hubble QC in the Court of Appeal proceedings in Rihan v Ernst & Young Global Limited (and others).
- Acting as sole counsel in numerous cases, both in the High Court and County Court, in which solicitors are alleged to have conducted litigation or commercial or conveyancing transactions negligently. In particular, Simon has extensive experience in dealing with issues which arise in relation to the loss of a chance, and assisted Sir Antony Edwards-Stuart in the preparation of the PNBA’s Peter Taylor Memorial Address on that subject in 2017.
- Assisting as part of a counsel team in advising on a high-value claim in negligence and deceit, brought by a mortgage company against a number of law firms and valuers in relation to over 70 properties.
- Drafting a Defence and providing advice in a claim against a firm of solicitors by an ATE insurer involving limitation issues similar to those which arose in Axa Insurance Limited v Akhtar & Darby Sols & Ors  EWCA Civ 1166.
- Defending solicitors and mortgage brokers against allegations of dishonesty.
- Acting in professional negligence claims against architects and construction professionals alleged to have provided inadequate services in relation to both commercial and residential properties. This has given Simon particular experience of the effective instruction of experts.
Simon also has a growing specialism in actions by solicitors to recover unpaid fees from their former clients, which often prompt allegations of professional negligence or wrongful termination in response. Similarly, Simon also has experience of detailed assessments of solicitors’ bills brought by former clients, which also engage related issues.
Simon is a co-author of the 4th edition of Toulson & Phipps on Confidentiality, in which has edited the chapters that relate to the relationship between lawyers and their clients, medical advisers and their patients, and employers and their employees.
Simon is a member of PNBA, and has assisted in the preparation of talks on recent cases of importance in the Professional Liability sphere, as well as the future of claims against lawyers following the decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board  UKSC 11.