Simon is a leading barrister who applies expertise and innovation to a range of complex legal issues, and is known as a creative thinker who works fluently across many areas of expertise. His breadth of practice and extensive legal knowledge ensure complex cases are navigated with ease. He regularly appears in tribunals, the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.
Described by Chambers UK as "very hard working, always going the extra mile and getting everything done with the minimum of hassle" and "the first port of call for many solicitors who value his great legal acumen and abilities in court".
Legal 500 notes that "his skill and experience has the ability to change the judge's mind, due to his experience of advocacy and life" and "he leaves no stone unturned in getting to the truth".
Simon is able to offer pragmatic and effective solutions to the challenges faced by clients, and acts in their best interests to bring the matter to a swift and satisfactory conclusion in a cost effective manner. He is committed to providing a fair and affordable service in the interests of justice.
He is a team player, who is enthusiastic, hard working and strives for excellence.
"Simon is a superb lawyer who is on top of both substantive law and civil procedure. His attention to detail is excellent and he takes every matter seriously. With clients he is warm and sympathetic. He is without equal in his field." Professor Dominic Regan
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Change is an ever-present feature in primary care services, as new laws add new layers of complexity, services are rationalised, and Commissioning Boards and trusts react to severe financial problems.
My specialist knowledge and experience in this complex area enables me to add value and provide an unrivalled service to clients. Expert advice is vital. I provide clients with specialist legal advice and support from the early stages of the dispute to enable the matter to be brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
I have appeared in numerous leading cases in this highly specialised area of law and work closely with a number of leading law firms, corporate bodies and individuals.
I regularly undertake the following work:
After a registered person has been served a Notice of Proposal, I draft written representations to the CQC on matters such as limiting the way an activity is carried on or managed, suspending a registered person’s registration, or cancelling a registered person's registration.
I also appear on behalf of practitioners on appeals before the First-tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) against notices of decision, notices served under the urgent procedures, urgent cancellation orders.
I am frequently instructed on behalf of practitioners concerning contract disputes under PMS Agreements, GMS Contracts, PDS Agreements, GDS Contracts, GOS Contracts, and Pharmaceutical Contracts.
My work includes UDA values, performance issues, breach notices, remedial notices, stratified sampling issues, competition issues, breach of confidence, professional negligence and procurement challenges.
This includes conducting the litigation in the civil courts, before an arbitrator, or before an adjudicator appointed by the Secretary of State for Health (NHSLA).
I represent practitioners in relation to refusals to add a practitioner to a performers' list, removal of a practitioner from the list, and challenging conditions for inclusion on the list.
The High Court has the power to issue freezing injunctions and interim injunctions with wide ranging power over assets. In both cases, a respondent may be required to make disclosure under penalty of contempt. This can include requiring a party to disclose assets.
The ramifications of a freezing injunction or interim injunction can be catastrophic for a company or individual. I have been instructed on a number of applications to prevent a party dissipating assets, to protect assets and to require the contracting parties to proceed with the contract pending resolution of the dispute.
The rules public bodies must comply with when carrying out their public functions are complex. However, many of the rules are universal, i.e. they are the same for a large government department developing a major new policy as they are for a local council making a decision about a planning application.
My expertise lies in my knowledge of the rules public bodies must comply with, coupled with my extensive experience of using judicial review court proceedings to challenge unlawful decisions and failures to act.
I regularly advise both remaining and departing partners and members in professional partnerships and LLPs.
Disputes include rights and liabilities of the parties following a partner’s or member’s retirement or expulsion from the partnership or LLP or the dissolution or winding-up of the organisation.
Tort is a branch of the civil law which protects the interests of individuals. It concerns the basic duties one person owes to another outside of a contract. It enables a person to pursue a remedy where his interests are infringed.
My work on behalf of practitioners includes harassment, interference with economic interests, invasion of personal interests, protecting interests in business and trade, malicious falsehood, misfeasance in pubic office, misuse of private information, negligent interference with personal, business and economic interests, nuisance, and wrongful interference with goods.
I work with a wide range of clients in the private and public sector to resolve business disputes through negotiation, arbitration, mediation or litigation. I have considerable experience of handling high-value and complex disputes in many different sectors and give clear, pragmatic advice which combines expert technical analysis with a sound understanding of business problems and commercial objectives.
I seek to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently and to minimise the impact of a dispute on clients' day-to-day operations.
Where possible all reasonable steps are taken to settle disputes without recourse to legal proceedings. However, when this is unavoidable, I have the experience and tenacity to pursue my clients’ interests vigorously.
My areas of expertise are:
Healthcare law requires an in-depth knowledge of the complex law and statutory procedures that govern the health care industry, an understanding of the health care industry and how it operates, and the ability to address ethical challenges.
A claimant may have a cause of action in contract, tort or a public law remedy. I have distinguished myself as a leader in this field through my progressive and innovative approach to handling the multitude of governmental regulations, developing legal principles, standards and compliance requirements faced by all public and private health care providers.
As financial resources become scarce and standards fall the importance of healthcare issues become more apparent. Interim remedies will be of importance in certain cases and instructing relevant experts is a priority.
I receive instructions from individuals, corporate bodies, overseas clients, Local Government and Central Government.
Areas of work covered:
The guiding principle in this specialised area of law is to ensure that the individual is given fair treatment in accordance with the law. Judicial review is the process for challenging decisions of courts, tribunals and other bodies or persons who are responsible for public acts and duties.
I advise on a wide range of complex matters, from housing, healthcare, social welfare, to data protection and freedom of information.
I provide advice to clients across the full range of public law issues, particularly within the following areas: