Summary

 

Simon is a busy and in demand advocate specialising in commercial and chancery work with particular specialisms in company, insolvency and financial services. Simon welcomes instructions as both sole counsel, and as part of a wider team. 

Associations

 

Chancery Bar Association

 

2010 - present

Practice Areas

 

Simon joined chambers in 2015. Since then, he has developed a varied commercial and chancery practice.

Financial Services
 
Through a secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority in 2016 Simon gained a detailed understanding of financial services regulation. In private practice Simon regulatory 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 [2019] 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.
•    Multiple Claimants v Multiple Defendants (2019, ongoing). Led by Duncan Macpherson, Simon is representing the Claimants in a case concerning various allegations of breaches 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.

Commercial

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:


•    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.
•    Anon v Sainsburys Bank Plc (2018 – ongoing). Simon is representing the defendant bank in a wide-ranging 
•    The Republic of Angola and Anr v Perferctbit Ltd and Ors [2018] 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 (2017). Simon appeared as sole counsel responding to injunctive relief in a case concerning the alleged wrongful disclosure of commercially sensitive information. 
 


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. 

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:


•    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.

 

Skills & Interest

 

Simon enjoys all sports, especially rugby union, cricket and cycling. He also enjoys going to the theatre.

 

 

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2010 - present

Education

 

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