Simon is an experienced and skilled barrister, practicing in the fields of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.
Simon can be trusted to help progress the most difficult of cases. In the field of Personal Injury, he is instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. His work is split roughly 80/20%. He conducts cases in his own right and as junior counsel. In disputes arising out of Clinical Negligence, Simon acts exclusively for Claimants.
Clients take to Simon’s warm and engaging, but authoritive style. He swiftly builds up the rapport of trust and confidence, with both lay and insurer clients, fundamental to a successful outcome in any case.
Simon is also an LSM Accredited Mediator.
"Simon is great at grasping the key issues very quickly and has a fantastic technical mind." Legal 500 2020
"He has a very analytical mind and good client care skills." "He's bright, knowledgeable, confident and not afraid of a challenge." "Very down to earth and so prepared." Chambers & Partners 2020
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Simon has extensive experience in all areas of personal injury work. He regularly is instructed in cases involving catastrophic injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and amputation. He is instructed in employers’ liability claims, including industrial disease, fatal accidents claims, road traffic accident claims – particularly accidents involving motorcycles - and public liability claims.
He has a particular interest in brain and head injury; spinal injuries; amputation; chronic pain cases; and fatal accident cases.
With regards liability, he is regarded as specialist retail and workplace counsel by his Defendant clients, and specialist fatal accident, workplace and public liability counsel by many of his Claimant clients. In the field of highway claims, he appeared for the Defendant in the Court of Appeal in the highways case of Day v Suffolk County Council and has assisted in a number of successful ‘snow and ice’ cases and claims against Utilities companies. In respect of road traffic accidents, Simon has a keen awareness of the issues arising in cases involving motorcycle accidents; having driven a Scooter daily in Central London for three years.
Simon was junior counsel for the Defendant in the first decision on fundamental dishonesty under the QoCs regime, Gosling v Screwfix.
Also, Simon acted for a Claimant in what is thought to be the first successful employer’s liability claim arising out of a dog mauling, sustained by an employee visiting domestic premises during the course of his duties, Camden v Jackpot Leisure.
In XP v Compensa and Anr Simon represented a Claimant who suffered a traumatic miscarriage following a road traffic accident in Poland. That same Claimant was then injured two years later in a road traffic accident in the UK. The claim involved consideration of the assessment of damages under Polish Law, including the application of the principle of Joint and Several Liability, as well as apportionment between two successive tortfeasors.
In the first two months of 2019, Simon has successfully represented Claimants in claims arising out of assaults in a school playground and injuries arising from a game of musical chairs.
Simon can be relied upon to manage cases involving multiple expert disciplines and to draft detailed and comprehensive Schedules and Counter-Schedules. He consistently conducts serious and catastrophic injury claims and defences, both on his own and as junior counsel. For example, recently he helped secure £3.2 million and Provisional Damages for an ASIA C spinal cord injured client; and £4.25 million for a woman, in her 50s, who suffered an above knee amputation.
He is listed as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500; “He is incredibly thorough, very good with clients and excellent on his feet”. He is listed too in Chambers and Partners as “a reliable barrister who is very good with challenging cases and has a good intellect.”
Simon is a contributor to the APIL Catastrophic Injuries Guide, the lead author of the 9 Gough Chambers publication Work Equipment Claims and has been a contributor to CPD Casts. He lectures on Employers’ Liability, all aspects of quantum – most recently on Life Expectancy, Ogden 7 and Pension Claims – and claims arising from Dangerous Highways.
Simon has experience in all areas of clinical negligence work, ranging from negligent treatment to delayed diagnosis. For example, he has acted for the estate of someone who endured unnecessary treatment following the delayed diagnosis of cancer; a woman who suffered the insult of, and subsequent breakdown of her marriage following, a negligently performed abdominoplasty; the widow of a man whose spinal cord injury was misdiagnosed by paramedics; and a Claimant who required life-saving surgery following the failure of a negligently fitted gastric band.
Causation issues permeate through most clinical negligence cases. His professional clients rely on Simon to explain them, in clear and simple terms, to their lay clients, and help obtain appropriate and cogent evidence on the issues from the experts in the case. Simon’s clients find his firm, but the approachable style has helped achieve successful outcomes in almost all cases he has been involved in.
His quantum experience includes establishing causation in ‘loss of a chance’ cases and delayed diagnosis.