Simon was called to the Bar in 2009 and has developed a broad practice across a range of chancery and commercial work. He appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court. He has also appeared in the Senior Courts Costs Office, and in council tax and non-domestic rates cases in the Magistrates’ Courts. He is regularly instructed in interim applications, trials and appeals. As well as his advocacy work, Simon provides advice across the full range of his practice areas, and he has experience of both contentious and non-contentious drafting. He has advised clients at mediations and has experience of assisting clients to negotiate settlements to claims, including at the door of the court.
He has a particular interest in issues concerning the interaction of law and religion, and is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society. He has advised on and appeared in cases concerning the formation and governance of religious groups, including charities. He has contributed to the Law and Religion UK blog.
- Art – cultural property
- Civil fraud – asset tracing and recovery
- Commercial disputes and litigation
- Company law
- Court of Protection – powers of attorney
- Insolvency and restructuring
- Mediation & ADR
- Professional liability
- Trusts – Trusts of Land
- Wills – probate – family provision
- Cases of interest
- Galaxy Aviation v Sayegh Group: Instructed for the claimant in a multi-day trial in the Commercial Court relating to the leases of aircraft in the Middle East (Commercial Court, Andrew Smith J)
- Re Greenlight AD Power Ltd: Instructed (against leading counsel) for the petitioner in an application for security for costs in relation to a multi-million pound unfair prejudice petition (Companies Court, Registrar Jones)
- Muhammed v Robert: Instructed for the trustee in bankruptcy in an appeal holding that the right to challenge a default judgment vests in the trustee upon bankruptcy, and that it had to be assumed that he would challenge the judgment if there were good grounds for such a challenge to be made. (Chancery Division, David Richards J, Lawtel note document AC9401554)
- Re Ekwealor and Muradi: Instructed for the petitioning creditor in conjoined applications to set aside statutory demands which held both: that a written document could act both as written demand under a guarantee and as a statutory demand under the Insolvency Act 1986; and also that where a statutory demand was for an unliquidated sum when served, the Court could refuse to exercise the discretion to set aside the demand where the sum had become liquidated by the date of the hearing and it would be disproportionate to require the petitioner to start again. (Bankruptcy, Chief Registrar Baister)
During his pupillage Simon assisted with two multi-day High Court trials: Belfairs Management Ltd v Sutherland  All ER (D) 59 (Sep) (Chancery Division, Norris J, assisting Michael Booth QC and Adam Chichester-Clark) and Murphy v Rayner  All ER (D) 125 (Jan) (Chancery Division, Jeremy Cousins QC sitting as a deputy judge, assisting Mark Watson-Gandy)
Ecclesiastical Law Society
Prior to being called to the Bar, Simon was awarded a First in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (MA) and a Distinction in Landscape Archaeology (MPhil) at St John’s College, Oxford. He trained for the Bar at City University (Graduate Diploma in Law) and City Law School (Bar Vocational Course).
Contributor to Lexis®PSL Restructuring and Insolvency
- Personal interests
In his spare time, Simon enjoys singing, walking and reading. He maintains a keen interest in archaeology and history, particularly of the Classical period. He sings with the choir of Gray’s Inn Chapel.