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Year of Call: 2000


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Clerk: Duane Hitchman

Clerk: Kenya Mendoza


Simon is an experienced commercial chancery barrister specialising in large-scale, technically demanding litigation.

He has particular knowledge of and expertise in group actions arising from failed property investment schemes and the interlocking specialisms involved: civil fraud, freezing orders, banking, professional negligence and private international law.

Simon also acts in a wide range of business disputes, including contractual claims of all kinds, claims for breach of warranty and fiduciary duty, together with company, insolvency and restructuring matters.

Simon’s current caseload:

  • Representing defendants to a £50 million fraud and conspiracy claim brought by 430 claimants. Among many other things, Simon conducted a 3 day application to discharge a worldwide freezing order.  A 10 week trial will take place in the spring of 2024.
  • Representing the claimants in a group action against negligent solicitors and their insurers. Simon overturned an arbitration award obtained by the insurers by which they purported to avoid liability and outflank the claim.
  • Representing the claimants in a group action against negligent solicitors, who applied to strike out the case as an abuse of process. Simon was brought in to lead the case and resist that application, which turns on Abbott v. MoD [2023] EWHC 1475, on which Simon has published an article here.
  • Representing the claimants in a multi-million pound claim for breach of contract and fiduciary duty, to be tried in December 2023. Simon recently defeated an application for security for costs of approximately £500,000, on the basis of stifling.

The directories describe Simon as “an outstanding barrister who is a KC and High Court judge in the making” and “a fearless and compelling advocate”, who is “always up for a very challenging case”.  He is a seasoned trial and appellate advocate and has acted in the Court of Appeal (led and unled) and Supreme Court.

  • Simon works incredibly hard, his energy and stamina were notable, and his advocacy is calm, assured and robust.

    Legal 500
  • An outstanding Chancery barrister who is a KC and High Court judge in the making.

    Legal 500
  • A fearless and compelling advocate

    Chambers & Partners
  • Simon is an extremely good advocate

    Legal 500
  • Very bright, grasps issues quickly and pleads them well but succinctly

    Legal 500
  • Simon is an excellent insolvency junior, with an encyclopaedic grasp of the law and a calm and assured advocacy style

    Legal 500
  • A strong advocate who makes winning points, unafraid to take on heavyweight silks unled

    Legal 500
  • He provides good strategic advice and is an effective advocate for his clients

    Chambers & Partners
  • Simon is an incredible advocate: to the point, concise and convincing

    Legal 500
  • His mild-mannered appearance belies a robust advocate willing to stand up for his clients

    Chambers & Partners
  • He provides very user friendly but still technically excellent written opinions

    Chambers & Partners
  • He's clear and commercial with his advice and a hit with clients. Incredibly user-friendly and not afraid of the fight

    Legal 500
  • Very technically able in his area and able to translate that into practical steps.

    Legal 500
  • Very technically able in insolvency.

    Legal 500
  • A strong all-rounder, with a talent for getting to the heart of the issues.

    Legal 500
  • He is excellent at everything and should be a silk already.

    Legal 500
  • Outstanding at getting to the crux of an issue without wasting time on peripheral issues.

    Legal 500
  • A great court presence; he is tenacious yet always has a very pleasant manner about him.

    Legal 500
  • Very efficient and user-friendly.

    Legal 500
  • He has an ability to digest a complex set of facts extremely quickly and provide clear and relevant advice.

    Legal 500
  • Clients praise Simon as “very resourceful".

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Career and Associations

2021 Appointed a Deputy District Judge

2002 to 2008: Barrister and Senior Associate in the Advocacy Group of leading international law firm, Dentons.

1994 to 1997: BA (Hons) in Modern History, University of Oxford, First Class.

1995 to 1997: Elected as a Scholar of University College, Oxford.

1997: Prize for best First Class degree in Modern History from candidates at University College.

1998 to 2000: Queen Mother’s Major Scholarship and Hardwicke Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple.

Diploma in Law (City University – Commendation); BVC (Inns of Court School of Law – Very Competent).

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association

Member of the Commerical Bar Association

Simon is fluent in Spanish and literate in French.

Simon provided free legal advice for several years through the Citizens’ Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice and the LawWorks Legal Advice Centre in Poplar. He is a volunteer with the CLIPS scheme operated by the Chancery Bar Association.

Simon has served as the governor of a primary school and a volunteer and fundraiser for a soup run for the homeless in central London. For 5 years he organized a week-long programme of voluntary work in southern France for approximately 30 university students and others. Simon has participated in this programme in most years since 1997.


Contributor to ‘Gore-Browne on Companies: chapter 46, mergers, restructuring and amalgamation.’

Contributor to ‘Gore-Brown Special Release: published annually; a series of articles on piercing the corporate veil.’

Contributor to ‘Practical Law: company law and insolvency topics.’

Contributor to ‘The Journal of International Finance & Banking: the reform of insolvency law in Saudi Arabia.’

Simon regularly presents seminars and talks on matters of relevance to his practice. Details are available on request.