Junior (0-10 yrs call)
Simon's insolvency practice involves acting for the full range of parties including office holders, creditors, debtors, company officials and bankrupt individuals. Having spent a period on secondment at a city based insolvency practice Simon is particularly familiar with the concerns and interests of the office holder and utilises this understanding in developing his tactical advice in proceedings.
Simon regularly appears and advises in respect of misfeasance claims, preferences and TUV claims, and is instructed in the private examination of parties on behalf of office holders.
Simon regularly appear in the Companies Court dealing with winding up petitions, as well as ancillary applications ancillary to the insolvency process such as validation and injunction applications in the High Court.
Recent claims in corporate insolvencies include acting for the Liquidator successfully recovering £600,000 at mediation following the pursuit of misfeasance claims; pursing claims against Directors running ‘lifestyles businesses’; instruction as part of the legal team in respect of one of the first bitcoin insolvencies; and advising an international luxury-fashion brand in respect of the high profile CVA proposals of a major UK department store.
Simon regularly appears in applications to set aside statutory demands and bankruptcy hearings, both for petitioners and individuals facing bankruptcy and in respect of substituted service of Petitions.
Recent personal insolvency claims have included claims on behalf of the Trustee in Bankruptcy against a bankrupt owing £1.2 million to the Financial Conduct Authority for his role in a complex sale and lease-back mortgage fraud and appearing in an IVA annulment action involving alleged deceit. Simon also resists claims and has been instructed by bankrupts in numerous matters, including successfully challenging to office-holder’s fees and defending claims wrongly brought by the office holder.
Having completed a masters in Commercial Law, Simon is regularly engaged in the full range of commercial litigation. In particular Simon has particular expertise drafting statements of case, witness evidence, non-disclosure agreements and contractual documents.
Simon advises on a wide range of multi-faceted claims, both on the merits and the law, and on the value of such claims and best means for settling them. Simon regularly appears in both the County Courts and High Court on behalf of Claimants and Defendants and represent parties in mediation. Recent cases have included trials in respect of contract construction and commercial property and a number of interim applications.
COMPANY & PARTNERSHIP
Simon is instructed in a wide range of Company matters, ranging from the winding up and restoration of companies, the drafting of company articles and statutory documents, and advising on claims against directors and director's duties and derivative claims.
Recent cases have included appearing in a reported High Court claim for costs to be awarded against company directors personally in respect of their conduct as the controlling minds of the company; advising a national governing body on re-drafting their articles of association; advising company directors on their duties pursuant to the Companies Act; restoring a company to the register to enable the beneficiary of property held on trust by the company to enforce his rights against the company to property dissipated prior to dissolution, and resisting applications under the Company Directors Disqualification Act.
Simon has a substantial depth of knowledge in respect of insurance, treaty and re-insurance. This follows from having completed his training at the Bar under a senior insurance law practitioner who had particular experience of working with mutuals, and having then been seconded to a global underwriter and Lloyds Insurer. This enables Simon to draw upon practical experience of the markets alongside his legal understanding when advising and drafting on behalf of clients.
Since its entry into force in late 2016 Simon has advised on numerous occassions regarding the compatibility of insurance wordings with the Insurance Act 2015. Simon also has a particular understanding of cyber insurance, having drafted an Insurer’s wording for their first entry into this developing market.
Alongside this expertise Simon is advised upon and drafted policies across a number of different lines of insurance. In particular he is versed in the following lines: business interruption, marine, aviation, directors and officers (D&O), public offerings, property, commercial all risks (CAR), combined commercial, environmental liability, travel and leisure. Simon also has experience drafting and advising in respect of specific exclusion clauses, terrorism and Pool Re, and nuclear clauses.
Simon is regularly instructed in the full range of litigation and advisory work in the property sphere. This includes actions both seeking and defending possession proceedings; disrepair claims; the interpretation of leases, both residential and commercial; and pursuing and defending trust and TOLATA claims.
Simon’s professional negligence practice is complimentary to his professional regulation practice and his understanding of professional industrial standards alongside his grounding in the law of obligations leaves him well placed to advise both professionals and their clients on the standards expected, duties owed and their discharge.
Simon has a broad range of regulatory experience across a range of sectors including finance, the professions, sports, and healthcare.
Complementary to Simon’s commercial practice, he is the sole external counsel retained by the FCA to assist with and advise in respect of an investigation into a leading investment bank for breach of Principles 1, 2 and 3 of the FCA Handbook. The investigation relates to transactions totalling $2 billion in which funds were lent to bankruptcy remote SPVs beneficially owned by a developing nation, which were subsequently sold into the debt capital markets without the knowledge of the international donor community. Subsequent default and restructuring led to investor not being re-paid their investments and the withdrawal of IMF support for the sponsoring nation.
Simon is also experienced with the regulation and discipline of professionals. He has a depth of knowledge in respect of regulation of the legal professions derived from working on legislation in this area in parliament and have advised and represented clients in respect of proceedings brought by accountants’ regulatory bodies and by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute OF Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Simon is instructed by the national governing body of an Olympic sport to advise on professional discipline and corporate governance matters. He also appears on Sport Resolutions list of advocates, representing sportsmen and women before their sporting bodies.
Simon has particular expertise in regulatory matters in the medical context, having gained experience in both the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, both from the perspective of the registrant and the regulator. This includes being seconded for 4 months to prosecute fitness to practise cases on behalf of the NMC, the UK's largest regulator.
- Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Hardwicke Award, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Winner of the UK Environmental Law Association mooting competition - team leader. Judged by Lord Slynn or Hadley, Supreme Court.
- Denning Society
- Free Representation Unit (FRU)
- London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Technology & Construction Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
- Direct Access Accredited
- LLB (Hons) European International & Comparative Law, University of Sheffield & Monash University, Melbourne
- LLM (Distinction) Commercial Law, University of Sheffield