Simon joined Chambers in 2015. He is developing a broad commercial and chancery practice in the core areas of property, contractual disputes, landlord and tenant, and insolvency. Simon also advises and represents clients in financial services matters.
Chancery Bar Association
2010 - present
Simon joined chambers in 2015 and has developed a varied commercial and chancery practice.
Insolvency and Company
A secondment to HM Revenue and Customs’ Technical Insolvency Team as a third-six pupil provided Simon with a strong foundation in commercial and personal insolvency. Simon has continued to develop a strong insolvency and company practice, and is regularly instructed in relation to winding up and bankruptcy petitions, applications to set aside statutory demands, and applications to annul bankruptcy orders. Simon also advises and acts for directors and shareholders of companies. Examples of Simon’s recent work include:
· Advising a shareholder who had been effectively frozen out of a start-up business by his fellow shareholders.
· Advising and representing a creditor in an application to annul a bankruptcy order where there were questions as to the service of the petition and notice of adjournment.
· Successfully representing a creditor responding to a high court injunction to restrain presentation of a winding up petition. The question for the court was whether an unassessed costs award following trial could form the basis of a winding up petition.
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:
· Representing a commercial tenant applying for relief from forfeiture.
· Advising property developers on the existence and extent of an easement.
· Advising and representing a commercial landlord whose tenant had granted leases which had the effect of assigning the tenancy to a sub-tenant.
· Advising in a dispute over beneficial interests in a property owned by formerly co-habiting siblings.
· Providing advice and drafting pleadings for a landlord in a residential possession claim where there were allegations of forged amendments to the tenancy agreement.
· Representing a landlord at trial in an unlawful eviction claim.
Simon advises and provides representation in a range of commercial disputes, both as sole counsel, and as a led junior. 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. Recent instructions include:
· Appearing (led by Duncan Macpherson) in The Republic of Angola and Anr v Perferctbit Ltd and Ors  EWHC 965 (Comm). This case concerned an application to discharge a $540,000,000 freezing injunction.
· Successfully representing a major company as respondent to an appeal against dismissal of a claim.
· Successfully defended a company at trial where the defence to the claim depended on variation of contractual terms.
· Successfully representing an asset finance company in a trial concerning guarantees given by the director and secretary of the debtor company.
· Appearing as sole counsel responding to a without-notice injunction in a case concerning alleged wrongful disclosure of commercially sensitive information.
Simon has a busy contentious probate practice. Recent instructions include:
· Advising in relation to a pair of mutual wills where there were also issues relating to undue influence.
· Representing beneficiaries in a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975.
· Assisting trustees of a wills trust in an application to the High Court regarding interpretation of a will.
Following an extended secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority in 2016, Simon has gained a detailed understanding of financial services regulation, including both the Financial Services and Markets Act and the FCA’s Handbook. Since returning to private practice, Simon has been instructed by the FCA to provide advice in relation to bringing proceedings against individuals who had been carrying out regulated activities without the required authorisation. Simon also appears before the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee.
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
Jurisprudence (with senior status)
2005 – 2008 University of York
History and Politics