Simon has a growing commercial practice. He has acted for major businesses in the finance, energy and brewing sectors, as well as for small and medium sized enterprises. Simon has experience in litigation involving contractual disputes, directors’ duties, unfair prejudice petitions, insolvency matters and possession. He appears in High Court, fast track and small claims trials and an increasingly wide range of application hearings.
Simon was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2015 on the Attorney General’s regional panel for a period of five years. In January 2016, Simon was appointed as an independent Case Examiner for the General Optical Council.
In addition to his legal credentials, Simon brings substantial experience from his earlier career. He is both analytical and pragmatic with a sound commercial understanding of the issues facing each instruction. After graduating with a first class degree from Cambridge, Simon spent a year in one of the Prime Minister’s units before working at a leading management consultancy. He went on to be UK head of communications within a global professional services firm.
RECENT COURT WORK
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