Simon was called to the Bar in 2009 and has developed a practice across a range of chancery and commercial work, with a particular focus on insolvency and companies work.
Simon appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court, the Court of Protection, 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 is one of the editors of the current edition of Schaw-Miller and Bailey on Personal Insolvency (2017 edition, LexisNexis), and regularly writes and speaks on areas relevant to his practice.
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.
- Cases of interest
- Delaforte v Flood: Instructed for the first defendant in a contested claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (2019, County Court at Central London, HHJ Johns QC)
- Re HH: Instructed for the first respondent in a case concerning the retrospective approval of payments made by an attorney. ( EWCOP 13, Court of Protection, HHJ Vincent)
- Amin v London Borough of Redbridge: Instructed for the trustee in an appeal concerning who should pay the costs following the annulment of a bankruptcy order which itself followed a successful appeal of council tax liability orders ( EWHC 3100 (Ch), Nugee J)
- Re D’Eye: Instructed for a number of the respondents to at application under s 284 of the Insolvency Act 1986, which provides important guidance on the meaning and nature of that section and the court’s jurisdiction arising under it, in particular on the inter-relation between that section and the law of unjust enrichment. ( BPIR 883, Bankruptcy, Chief Registrar Baister)
- 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. ( EWHC 3478 (Comm), 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.  EWHC 4800 (Ch) Chancery Division, David Richards J)
- 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)
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).
Simon is one of the editors of the current edition of Schaw-Miller and Bailey on Personal Insolvency (2017 edition, LexisNexis). He has also written regular case and legislation summaries for online and print publications including Lexis®PSL Restructuring and Insolvency and Recovery and has also written and edited practice notes and forms for Lexis®PSL
- Past seminars & events
Simon is happy to speak on aspects of the law within his practice areas. He has contributed to chambers’ seminars and given talks at individual firms and for industry bodies.
- 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.