Simon Trigger

Call: 2000
Senior (10+ yrs call)

Clients describe him as having "an approachable and relaxed manner which puts clients at their ease" and say that he "instils confidence in clients and achieves excellent results" as he "gives precise and definitive advice".
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Simon acts for both Claimants and Defendants in high value catastrophic personal injury claims. His extensive experience in clinical negligence and in particular high value cases arising as a result of brain damage at birth. Simon also practices in the field of personal injury claims arising following sexual abuse and has experience of the specific difficulties that such cases can give rise to.

Simon is on the panel for Aviva, EUI and other major Insurers for fraud personal injury work. As a result Simon is routinely instructed by a wide range of solicitors to act in this area.

Legal 500 describes him as giving "precise and definitive advice" as well as having "an approachable and relaxed manner which puts clients at their ease". Simon has particular experience in catastrophic personal injury claims for both Claimants and Defendants, fraud personal injury work, industrial disease claims, sexual abuse claims and high value clinical negligence cases particularly those involving cerebral palsy. He is routinely instructed by Aviva, EUI and other Insurers for the full range of fraudulent personal injury work. Simon also has experience in professional negligence actions particularly in claims involving suspected fraud.

Simon’s area of speciality is catastrophic personal injury claims including industrial disease litigation, motor insurance personal injury fraud, sexual abuse, clinical negligence actions with particular focus on cases involving brain injury and cerebral palsy and fraud-related professional negligence actions including property and mortgage fraud claims. He has acted in cases involving fraud rings, staged accidents and phantom passengers.

Simon also regularly acts in cases where LSI is alleged and he has achieved a large number of Fundamental Dishonesty findings at Court.

Simon was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2019.

Simon has recently been appointed as a part time Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal. He is assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health).
Recent cases

  • A v Archbishop of Birmingham [2005] EWCA 1361. Simon acted for the Defendant in a £1.9 million personal injury claim following childhood sexual abuse by a priest.

  • XY v Devon County Council [2017]. Simon acted for the Defendant in a novel personal injury claim arising as a result of alleged breaches of the Gender Recognition Act and the Human Rights Act by a transgender Claimant.

  • Hussain v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Simon acted for the Claimant in a multi million pound claim arising as a result of brain damage sustained at birth.

  • Godden & Oths v Kent and Medway Straegic Health Authority [2004] Lloyds Rep Med 521. Simon acted for a number of Claimants who successfully argued that a Health Trust could be vicariously liable for sexual abuse committed by a self employed GP whilst working on Trust premises.

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2021

Clinical Negligence - Leading Juniors - Tier 4 - ‘Provides decisive and clear advice.’

Personal Injury - Leading Juniors - Tier 5 - ‘Simon is approachable with a real eye for detail. His advice is always practical and timely. He is excellent with nervous clients in conference and always goes the extra mile.’

Chambers and Partners 2021

Motor Insurance Fraud (Juniors) Band 2

Maintains a busy motor fraud practice which sees him handle dishonest claims relating to ghost passengers, staged and induced accidents, fraud rings and exaggerated injury. He is a popular choice among defendant insurers, particularly in view of his impressive track record of achieving fundamental dishonesty findings.  "He is particularly good at drafting and displays strength at trials and hearings."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute arising from an alleged induced collision. The claim was complicated due to a fight between drivers afterwards, raising issues over the right to privilege against self-incrimination. The claimant discontinued after extensive cross-examination.



  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association


  • MA Downing College Cambridge University

  • Astbury Scholar of Middle Temple

  • Hamsworth Entrance Exhibtioner of Middle Temple


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