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:
- “He’s quite a senior junior – he clearly knows his stuff and has very good people skills. You know you’re in safe hands with him.” – Chambers UK 2019
- “Very calm and client focused.” – Legal 500 2019
- “He’s very knowledgeable and thorough.” Chambers UK 2018
- “Extremely versatile and helpful, with excellent knowledge of banking law.” “A very solid and unflappable performer who inspires confidence in clients.” “A very steady performer who doesn’t get fazed in the heat of battle.” Chambers UK 2017
- “He is a good advocate, clear and very experienced. He has good client-handling skills.” Chambers UK 2015
- 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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