Simon has extensive experience of a wide range of commercial litigation. He is annually noted in Chambers and Partners as a leader in commercial litigation. Simon’s principal practice areas are in commercial, business, banking, company, partnership and property disputes.
After developing a practice in Birmingham, Simon spent three years working as a solicitor at what is now known as Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney, conducting high value commercial and insolvency litigation before returning to Birmingham and developing his current practice.
Simon regularly advises and acts in matters proceeding in all divisions of the High Court undertaking both interim applications and trials. He has represented parties in a number of arbitrations and mediations.
He is also an accredited mediator and has mediated a number of commercial disputes.
What the directories say:
Has a strong reputation for handling general commercial cases, often with a financial or property aspect. He is well-respected in the market as a highly experienced junior. Expertise: “He is a good advocate, clear and very experienced. He has good client-handling skills.” CHAMBERS UK 2015
Simon is listed in 2013 Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in commercial dispute resolution.
The following has recently been said of Simon:
“is excellent at banking and general commercial work. His expertise is in high demand from his clients, who appreciate his solid advice and natural court room style”;
“one of a number of outstanding commercial juniors at the set” and a “heavyweight commercial litigator who is personable, versatile and user-friendly”;
“has impressed again this year with his excellent performances in court. His ‘versatility, personable approach and responsiveness to the needs of clients’ make him a firm favourite with Instructing Solicitors. He enjoys a well deserved reputation for acting in in a broad range of disputes”;
Claim for £650,000 said to be due on stocking finance agreement.
Bank claim for £1.5 million with defences including undue influence and duress.
Claim against insurers after fire on policy which had been avoided for in excess of £1 million.
Claim for possession of in excess of 50 properties and £2.5 million. Defence contending that transaction an unfair credit bargain. Appeal from decision of District Judge who disposed of the matter summarily.
Claim for sums due under various asset finance agreements with defences including sale at an undervalue.
Ansari v Ansari, Birmingham Midshires and others intervening  Fam. 1  3 W.L.R. 1092  1 P. & C.R. DG11 1 FCR 722.
Sutcliffe v Lloyd  EWCA Civ 153  2 EGLR 13
Ali v Lane  EWCA Civ 1532  1 P & CR 26
Greville v Venables  EWCA Civ 878; (2007) 104(37) L.S.G. 36
Wright v HSBC Bank plc  All ER (D) 270 (Jun)
Murphy v HSBC Bank plc  All ER (D) 211 (Mar). Claim for negligence against bank in relation to lending.
Qualifications and Appointments:
LLB (Hons) University College London
Commercial Bar Association
Midlands Commercial and Chancery Bar Association
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