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 67/33%. 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.
"Knowledgeable, always well prepared, approachable and friendly with clients, solicitors and experts." "Has an excellent eye for detail and is impressive with clients." Chambers & Partners 2018
"Behind the charm is a well-prepared and knowledgeable barrister." Legal 500 2017
"He can deal with the most delicate of issues with the utmost sensitivity." Legal 500 2016
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Simon has extensive experience in all areas of personal injury work. He regularly is instructed in catastrophic injuries cases, traumatic brain injuries cases, amputation cases, employers' liability claims, fatal accidents claims, road traffic accident claims - particularly accidents involving motorcycles - and public liability claims.
He has a particular interest in: interpretation and application of statutory duties; brain and head injury; amputation, multiple and significant orthopaedic injury; chronic pain cases; and fatal accident cases.
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.
More recently, in XP v Compensa and Anr recently 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.
Currently, Simon consistently conducts serious and catastrophic injury claims and defences, and, as junior counsel, helped secure the gross equivalent of £11.5 million for a catastrophically injuries claim in Linkson v Arriva North. He can be relied upon to manage cases involving multiple expert disciplines, and to draft detailed and comprehensive Schedules and Counter-Schedules.
He is listed as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500, in which he is described as "A thoroughly modern barrister: erudite and technically proficient, but with an approachable manner."
Simon is the lead author of the 9 Gough Square publication Work Equipment Claims and has been a contributor to CPDCasts. 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; a Claimant who developed pressure sores in hospital following admission for a stroke; 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 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.