Simon is Head of Chambers' Personal Injury Group.
He is dual qualified and practised as a solicitor prior to joining chambers in 2004. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2010.
Simon has a wealth of experience in credit hire claims accumulated over nearly two decades of being instructed by both claimants and defendants. He is routinely instructed in multi-track value claims or those that involve allegations of fraud or tricky points of law/procedure. Examples of recent work includes claims for hire charges of over £100,000 and appeals on allocation, profit earning chattels, enforceability and evidence from non-English speaking witnesses.
Simon is instructed by national firms of solicitors, CHOs and Insurers. He can provide bespoke in-house training on all issues in credit hire including law, procedure and strategy. Last year, Simon judged two days of mock trials presented to a leading insurer. He has been invited to judge further mock trials this year.
Simon has an extremely busy practice and is experienced in advising and representing parties at trial in all aspects of personal injury work including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability claims, fatal accidents, occupational illness and clinical negligence.
He has a balanced practice and acts for claimants and defendants in roughly equal measure.
Simon also has experience handling professional negligence cases where the underlying claim was for personal injury; that was his area of specialism when in practice as a solicitor.
Simon is repeatedly instructed by leading firms that specialise in disease work. His experience includes deafness, work related upper limb disorders and asbestosis. He has also acted in claims concerning more obscure illnesses, for example, he recently successfully represented a claimant who had developed Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis following exposure to fungal spores in his workplace. He also provided advice in a complex claim concerning an individual diagnosed with toxic encephalopathy, multiple sensitivity syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity.
Simon is particularly skilled in dealing with complex procedural issues and is often instructed to provide written advice and/or to attend on appeals concerning questions of civil procedure or costs.
Simon has lectured on a variety of topics including:
Simon spends most of his limited leisure time enjoying the challenges of looking after his energetic young daughter and entertaining younger son. When not involved with family pursuits, he goes running and continues to strive to improve upon his best time for completing a 10km race; his current PB is 47.41 minutes.
'Everything that a personal injury barrister ought to be.'Legal 500 (2020)
"He has an incredibly measured approach and a meticulous preparation process whereby you are assured that he has reviewed the whole case in detail. He instils confidence with his approach."Chambers & Partners (2020)