Areas of Expertise
Simon has over 25 years’ experience of defending public sector organisations and major insurers on a wide range of issues from personal injury claims of the utmost severity and complexity through to developing strategies for large scale litigation.
Simon has assisted client departments with policy drafting and interpretation and deals with high value and catastrophic claims involving personal injury arising from highways, employers’ liability and landlord & tenant issues. Simon is a member of the steering group responsible for drafting "Well Managed Highway Liability Risk" published by the Institute of Highway Engineers providing guidance to the UKRLG "Well Maintained Highway Infrastructure."
He assists motor insurers through all claim phases from the initial gathering of evidence, police interviews, representation at Coroners' courts and through the civil claim process. Simon is the editor of the firm’s quarterly motor newsletter "Headlight."
Simon also handles property damage claims involving flooding, land charges, grants and common law issues. Simon has advised Institutional and social landlords in regard to housing disrepair claims to include defensibility strategies.
"An excellent solicitor who really understands the pressures on local authorities and listens to our issues. He will always provide support when needed and is constantly looking for innovative solutions. He is extremely well organised and our go to guy on a raft of matters."
Chambers & Partners, 2019
Legal 500, 2019
Cheltenham Borough Council v Christine Susan Laird & Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council : £1m claim for misrepresentation in a corporate employment reference and medical questionnaire attracting national press coverage
Hardisty v Aubrey  EWCA. Civ 1196: Court of Appeal action regarding whether a claimant had proved that ongoing whiplash-type symptoms were still caused by the accident
Nicola Bowen and 10 others v Bridgend County Borough Council , High Court, SCCO 0309853: a leading authority as to the enforceability of after the event insurance - successful challenges to the appropriateness and enforceability of Conditional Fee Agreements in housing disrepair actions on 11 test cases