Healthcare (Acting for the Professional)
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 within the Fitness to Practise Directorate at the General Optical Council. The Case Examiners exercise the powers delegated by the Investigatory Committee, working alongside a Registrant Case Examiner. Simon considers allegations against both individuals and business registrants and determines whether there is a realistic prospect that the registrant’s fitness to practise is impaired.
He frequently represents clients in complex multi-day employment tribunals. He has experience advising and representing both claimants and respondent organisations, including those within the healthcare sector, in claims which centre on allegations of professional misconduct.
In addition to his legal credentials, Simon brings substantial experience from his earlier career. After graduating with a first class degree from Cambridge, he spent a year in one of the Prime Minister’s units before working at a leading management consultancy. He went on to be the head of communications for the UK healthcare sector within a global professional services firm – a role which included responsibility for clients such as the Department of Health, an extensive range of NHS trusts and private healthcare organisations.
Represented a nurse in five day employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal against a major NHS trust, following her dismissal for misconduct.
Advised a healthcare worker in five day employment tribunal against an NHS trust in the south of England, following allegations of misconduct.
Advised a practice manager of a private organisation providing dental services in a whistleblowing and constructive unfair dismissal claim, which centred on professional misconduct allegations.
Advised a major provider of laser eye surgery in a commercial dispute.