Simon Teasdale had a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on construction disputes and costs litigation. Simon regularly appears in County Court and High Court hearings of all kinds, both led and alone.

Simon has also settled pleadings and advised on a range of commercial claims, including actions against construction professionals and lawyers.

Alongside his own work, Simon has recently been part of counsel teams on two large offshore disputes and a high-value construction claim in the TCC. Simon is currently being led by Nicholas Bacon QC in costs litigation between a firm of solicitors and their former client, and is also part of a counsel team led by Justin Fenwick QC in a challenge to an arbitration award under s 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Simon also worked as a Legal Editor at FromCounsel, an specialist online company law service, where he gained a broad experience of corporate law. In particular, Simon work involved detailed research into the law of agency, parent and subsidiary company relationships, and the changes introduced by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. This knowledge and understanding continues to be useful wherever company law issues arise within his practice.

Simon read Law at New College, Oxford, graduating in 2014 with first class honours. He went on to complete the Bar Professional Training Course, for which he was graded Outstanding. Simon was called to the Bar in 2015 by Lincoln’s Inn, having been awarded a Lord Denning Scholarship, Hardwicke Scholarship, and Buchanan Prize.

In 2017, Simon attended the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators’ 2017 Arbitration Weekend, where he was awarded the prizes for Best Advocate as chosen by the arbitrators and by the delegates.

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Areas of Expertise

General Commercial Litigation

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Simon is regularly instructed to act in commercial disputes of all sizes, both as sole counsel and as a junior. Recently, his work in this area has included:

  • Acting as junior counsel on a high-value conspiracy claim involving multiple parties across several jurisdictions. Simon has been involved across all aspects of the case, from assisting with the drafting of documents to preparation for hearings and advising on interim applications. In particular, it has enabled Simon to gain experience of fast-moving litigation in which effective co-ordination with related proceedings overseas is needed.
  • Advising on limitation and the interpretation of a settlement agreement.
  • Acting as part of a counsel team led by Justin Fenwick QC in a s 67 Arbitration Act 1996 challenge to an arbitration award regarding the ownership of a Russian company.
  • Drafting pleadings in claims for misrepresentation, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment.
  • Appearing in the County Court and High Court in a range of commercial disputes as sole counsel. Simon has experience of strike out applications, hearings to determine preliminary issues, trials, and dealing with allegations of dishonesty.

Simon is a member of COMBAR.

Construction

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Simon’s recent construction work has included:

  • Being led by Roger Stewart QC and George Spalton in a high-value construction dispute in the TCC concerning the design of turbines at wind farms in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Acting as junior counsel in a negligence claim against an architect.
  • Settling pleadings and advising on several claims against construction professionals alleged to have performed inadequate installations or repairs of heating systems.
  • A secondment to the construction department of a leading firm, during which he gained particular experience of cladding disputes, the limitation issues which arise in claims against architects, and practical points to consider when instructing experts.

During pupillage, Simon also observed and assisted David Turner QC and Clare Dixon in the case of Costain Limited v Tarmac Holdings Limited [2017] EWHC 319 (TCC), in which dispute resolution clauses in NEC3 contracts were considered.

 

Simon is a member of TECBAR and SCL.

Costs

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Simon accepts instructions in all forms of Costs work. Recent and current instructions include:

  • Being led by Nicholas Bacon QC in litigation between a firm of solicitors and their former client over fees chargeable under a CFA;
  • Acting for solicitors in a recovery action against a former client;
  • Appearing regularly in Cost and Case Management Conferences, both in his own cases and in place of more senior practitioners in higher-value claims. Simon has experience in dealing with costs budgeting across practice areas.

Offshore

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Simon is developing his practice in offshore work, particularly as junior counsel on large, multi-jurisdictional disputes.

  • Simon was recently instructed as part of a large counsel team tasked with investigating a potential claim by a Channel Island investment fund; and
  • Currently, Simon is also being led on a high-value conspiracy claim in the Isle of Man, brought by US creditors and involving a structure of companies and trusts spread across the US, Caribbean and Isle of Man.

These instructions have enabled Simon to gain experience of complex, detail-heavy claims in which the strategy and position being adopted must be carefully co-ordinated with legal teams involved in related proceedings in other jurisdictions.

Professional Liability

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Simon is regularly instructed to settle pleadings, advise on, and appear in claims against professionals across a range of industries.

Recent examples of this work include:

  • Drafting a Defence and providing advice as sole counsel 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  [2009] EWCA Civ 1166.
  • Defending a mortgage broker against allegations of fraud.
  • Assisting as part of a counsel team in advising on a negligence claim against a chartered surveyor involving over 70 properties.
  • Drafting a Defence on behalf of a firm of solicitors alleged to have conducted litigation negligently.
  • Settling pleadings and advising on several claims against construction professionals alleged to have performed inadequate installations or repairs of heating systems.

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 [2015] UKSC 11.

International Arbitration

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During pupillage and, more recently, during tenancy, Simon has assisted more senior members of Chambers acting in international arbitrations. In particular, Simon has experience of work on a large infrastructure dispute in the Middle East.

Also, Simon is currently acting as part of a counsel team led by Justin Fenwick QC in a s 67 Arbitration Act 1996 challenge to an arbitration award regarding the ownership of a Russian company.

Simon attended the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators’ 2017 Arbitration Weekend, where he was awarded the prizes for Best Advocate as chosen by the arbitrators and by the delegates.

Simon is a member of the Young International Arbitration Group.

Company & Insolvency

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Simon has received instructions to act in personal and insolvency matters, both on behalf of debtor and creditor, in both the County Court and High Court.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Simon also worked as a Legal Editor at FromCounsel, an specialist online company law service, where he gained a broad experience of corporate law. In particular, Simon work involved detailed research into the law of agency, parent and subsidiary company relationships, and the changes introduced by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. This knowledge and understanding continues to be useful wherever company law issues arise within his practice.

Qualifications & Memberships

BA, Oxford (First Class Honours); BPTC, City (Outstanding).

Simon is a member of COMBAR, TECBAR, SCL, YIAG and PNBA.