Simon read Law at Cambridge University (Girton College) and was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2008, having obtained an Outstanding grade on the BVC at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- INQUEST Lawyers Group
- Deputy District Judge (Civil) – Northern Circuit
- Junior Counsel to the Crown
Simon’s practice covers all areas of personal injury work, acting for claimants and defendants including claims arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupiers’ liability accidents, and highway accidents. He is also instructed in claims arising from negligent medical treatment.
He has a particular interest in claims involving credit hire, and frequently advises both claimants and defendants on all such matters including arguments as to enforceability under consumer credit legislation, impecuniosity, applicable rate and duration of hire. Simon was recently led by David Berkley QC in redrafting credit hire agreements in light of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.Book BarristerBack to top
Fraud - Civil
Simon has considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of fraudulent and exaggerated claims. He has been instructed in claims involving staged, induced and wholly-invented accidents, as well as those involving phantom passengers. He has also dealt with cases of exaggerated injuries and related losses, and counterclaims for deceit and those seeking to set aside fraudulently obtained settlements.
He has particular experience in cases involving large credit hire claims. As well as being instructed to consider all matters arising from such claims, including the enforceability of hire agreements, Simon has been instructed in cases concerning fraud rings and conspiracies involving credit hire and claims management companies.
Simon is experienced in drafting Defences and Part 18 requests in cases of suspected fraud. He has provided guidance in seminars relating to the pleading of fraud, and so-called ‘hybrid’ Defences in light of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Hussain v (1) Amin  EWCA Civ 1456, and the comments of HHJ Hand QC in Safi v Baker (Central London County Court, 1 July 2013).
He has also recently provided training dealing with the concept of fundamental dishonesty, and the effect of the same under QOCS and now under section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.Book BarristerBack to top
Simon practices in all areas of travel law and frequently represents claimant and defendants in claims:
- Aboard and concerning planes and other aircraft under the Warsaw Convention and the Montreal Convention
- Aboard cruise ships and other vessels under the Athens Convention
- Relating to the cancellation of flights, denied boarding and flight delays under the Denied Boarding Regulation (EC 261/2004)
- Relating to package holidays under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992
He has a particular interest in claims involving accidents abroad (whether road traffic accidents, accidents at work, accidents during holiday excursions and public liability accidents) involving arguments as to jurisdiction under the Brussels I Regulation, and choice of law under the Rome II Regulation. He has conducted hearings in the English courts applying the law of other EU Member States and non-EU countries.
Simon regularly provides lectures and training sessions in all areas of travel law.
Allen v Jet2.com
Represented the Claimant in a test case which could benefit thousands of passengers with flight delay compensation claims. Click here to see the news article about the case.
Lewis v Thomas Cook
Represented the Claimants in a successful appeal against the decision not to grant them compensation following their plane being impounded. The case was covered in the Daily Mirror and the Mail Online.Book BarristerBack to top
Simon is regularly instructed on behalf of families, medical professionals, care homes, employers and other interested persons to advise and appear at inquests and pre-inquest reviews. He has appeared at inquests concerning road traffic accidents, accidents at work, industrial diseases and medical treatment.
He frequently appears in inquests to which Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights applies, including those concerning individuals:
- Detained in prisons, whether run by HM Prison Service or private companies.
- Detained in psychiatric units or other medical facilities under the Mental Health Act 1983.
- Informal patients in such facilities.
- Detained in police custody.
- Who have died as a result of police actions, for example those involving firearms officers.
- Who have died as a result of serious and systematic errors on the part of the NHS or other healthcare providers.
Represented a family at the inquest of Craig Jones who died when he tried to escape from a lift after it broke down between floors. This inquest was reported in the Bolton News.
Acted for the family of Kristian Thompson in High Court proceedings. The case was covered in the BBC News.
Represented a family at the inquest of Lee Ridgway who committed suicide hours after leaving Stepping Hill Hospital. This was report in the Manchester Evening News.
Inquest re VMRepresenting the family of a prisoner with mental health problems and learning difficulties, who killed himself after being moved to a single occupancy cell.
Inquest re KQRepresenting the family of a prisoner with a known heart condition, who died following the failure to diagnose a cardiac issue despite complaints of chest pain and an abnormal ECG.
Inquest re AWRepresenting the family of a prisoner who killed himself following warnings made by his family to prison staff that he had threatened to do so.
Inquest re LHRepresenting the family of a young woman who killed herself whilst she was an informal patient at a psychiatric unit. The scope of the inquest included consideration of the powers of detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Rabone.
Inquest re BHRepresenting the family of a man who killed himself during an operation by police firearms officers following the shooting of a police officer.
Inquest re NWRepresenting the family of an elderly, insulin-dependent lady who died when a district nurse gave her a 10 times overdose of insulin. It was successfully argued that the matter should be referred to the CPS for reconsideration of manslaughter charges.
Inquest re TFDRepresenting a paediatric registrar in relation to the death of a young boy with an undiagnosed, congenital heart defect. The inquest involved the challenging of decisions by way of judicial review and subsequent arguments regarding the duty of disclosure under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
Inquest re VBRepresenting staff at a care home in which an elderly resident died after choking on cake kept in an unsecured storage area.
Inquest re JRRepresenting staff at a care home in an inquest concerning an unexplained finding of opiate medication during the post-mortem of a resident.
Inquest re RSRepresenting the family of a care home resident who died following a fall while he was not being supervised.Book BarristerBack to top
Inquest re CJRepresenting the family of a man who died when he tried to escape from a lift in his apartment block after it broke down between the floors.
Court of Protection
Simon joins the COP group with considerable experience in coronial law. As part of his inquests practice, Simon frequently represents families of those who have died in state detention, including those in psychiatric detention.
This has required a practical understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the operation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These have included cases where the question of a patient’s capacity, and the suitability/qualification for detention under sections 2, 3, 136 and 137 have been central.
He also has personal experience of the COP procedures in relation to financial deputies.Book BarristerBack to top