Simon has a commercial and civil practice and sits, part-time, as a Deputy District Judge on such matters within the County Court.
He has acted for major businesses in the finance, energy and brewing sectors, as well as for small and medium sized enterprises and for private individuals. Simon has experience in litigation involving contractual disputes, professional negligence, directors’ duties, unfair prejudice petitions, defamation, insolvency matters, injunctions, and possession. He has appeared in the High Court, in fast track and small claims trials and a relatively wide range of application hearings.
Simon was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2015 on the Attorney General’s regional civil panel for a period of five years and reappointed in 2020. As such, in addition to his broader practice, he regularly advises and represents major government departments and ministers. He also has substantial experience working with local authorities and with business more generally.
RECENT COURT WORK
Acted in relation to a complex piece of litigation involving allegations of professional negligence
Acted for a defendant in a libel hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice
Advised in relation to restrictive covenant cases in the employment context
Acted in two day High Court trial for claimant company (in liquidation) – obtaining judgment for £1.4 million – in a claim for breach of (de facto and de jure) directors’ duty
Obtained High Court declaration of misfeasance and breach of directors’ duties
Presented unfair prejudice petition in the High Court
Resisted High Court injunction application by major brewery Obtained security for costs order in the High Court
Secured late adjournment of five day trial in the High Court Advanced and resisted strike out and summary judgment applications
Obtained and prevented charging orders and orders for sale
Acted for a claimant finance company in applications for interim delivery up orders Secured income payments order under the Insolvency Act
Application for interim payment in the County Court
Presented and resisted applications to set aside judgment in default Corporate and personal insolvency work
Breach of contract trials
Acted for numerous certificated bailiffs and enforcement agents
RECENT DRAFTING AND ADVISORY WORK
Breach of contract Agency
Enforceability of Tomlin Orders Injunctions