Simon enjoys a busy advocacy and advisory practice. He has appeared, as sole counsel, in the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Court as well as the Upper Tribunal and before the Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Decisions Committee. Simon is equally happy to accept instructions as sole counsel or as part of a wider team.
Chancery Bar Association
2010 - present
Simon joined chambers in 2015. Since then, he has developed a varied commercial and chancery practice.
Through a secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority in 2016 Simon gained a detailed understanding of financial services regulation. In private practice Simon regularly accepts instructions from the FCA, private individuals, and companies on all matters concerning financial services and financial services regulation. Recent and notable instructions include:
· Lewis Alexander Limited v Financial Conduct Authority  UKUT 49 (TCC). Simon successfully upheld an FCA decision notice in a trial before the Upper Tribunal.
· Financial Conduct Authority v Multiple Defendants (2020, ongoing). Simon is sole counsel for the FCA in ongoing High Court proceedings concerning allegations of carrying out business in breach of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
· Anon (2019). Simon advised a start-up company as to whether its proposed business was a collective investment scheme requiring authorisation.
· Financial Conduct Authority v Anon (2019). Simon successfully represented the FCA’s Authorisations Division before its Regulatory Decisions Committee in a case concerning the Payment Services Regulations 2017.
Simon is instructed to appear for commercial clients on interim applications, in trials, and on appeals, as well as being instructed to provide advice and to draft pleadings. His clients include publicly listed companies, SMEs, and banks. Recent instructions include:
· Multiple Claimants v Multiple Defendants (High Court, 2019, ongoing). Led by Duncan Macpherson, Simon is representing the Claimants in a case concerning various allegations of breach of contract, misrepresentation and breaches of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
· Anon v Anon (2019). Simon advised in respect of a dispute Commercial Agents (Counsel Directive) Regulations 1993 that was, prior to settlement, listed for a four-day high court trial.
· The Republic of Angola and Anr v Perferctbit Ltd and Ors  EWHC 965 (Comm). Led by Duncan Macpherson, this case concerned an application to discharge a $540,000,000 freezing injunction following an alleged fraud against the Angolan national bank.
· OCS Group v Dadi and Ors (High Court, 2017). Simon appeared as sole counsel responding to injunctive relief in a case concerning the alleged wrongful disclosure of commercially sensitive information.
Real Estate (including commercial and residential landlord and tenant)
An experienced real property lawyer, Simon provides advice and representation to commercial and residential landlords and tenants, property owners and property developers. Examples of Simon’s recent instructions include:
· Prempeh v Lakhany  EWCA Civ 1422. Simon appeared as sole counsel in a Court of Appeal case concerning the formal requriements of a notice seeking possession under the Housing Act 1988.
· Anon v Anon (2020, Central London County Court, ongoing). Simon is instructed in relation to a dispute centring on a disclaimed lease of commercial property.
· Hyder v Aidatsarran (2020, Central London County Court). Simon appeared for the successful Claimant in a three-day trail concerning damaged caused by building work at a neighbouring property.
· Advising property developers, by reference to historic maps, descriptions and plans, of the existence and extent of an easement.
· Advising a commercial leaseholder in respect of extensive disrepair at a property, considering the nature and extent of the repairing covenants.
· Providing advice and representation to both commercial and residential tenants inn applications for relief from forfeiture.
· Advising in a dispute over beneficial interests in a property owned by formerly co-habiting siblings.
Insolvency and Company
An experienced company and insolvency barrister, Simon welcomes instructions in from creditors, debtors, office-holders, directors, and shareholders. Simon regularly appears in the High Court and County Courts. Examples of Simon’s recent work include:
· In the matter of Total Debt Relief (2018). Representing the Financial Conduct Authority, Simon secured the winding up of the respondent company in the public interest.
· Anon (2019). Simon advised a director and shareholder in respect of a proposed petition pursuant to section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 by his former business partner. Following Simon’s advice and response to the former business partner, the petition was not presented.
Skills & Interest
Simon enjoys all sports, especially rugby union, cricket and cycling. He also enjoys going to the theatre.
2010 - present
2010 – 2011 Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University
Bar Professional Training Course
2008 – 2010 Jesus College, University of Oxford
BA Jurisprudence (with senior status)
2005 – 2008 University of York
History and Politics
Prempeh v Lakhany  EWCA Civ 1422. Simon appeared for the successful respondent in a case concerning the formalities for completing a notice seeking possession of a dwelling house under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988.
Lewis Alexander Limited v Financial Conduct Authority  UKUT 49 (TCC). Simon successfully upheld an FCA decision notice in a trial before the Upper Tribunal.
Angola and Anr v Perfectbit and Ors  EWHC 965. Led by Duncan Macpherson, this matter concerned an application to discharge a $540,000,000 freezing injunction secured by the Angolan state and the Angolan national bank.