Simon is a specialist property practitioner. Described in The Legal 500 guide as an ‘excellent advocate’, Simon relishes all forms of advocacy and is a very experienced trial advocate. He has a particular interest in landlord and tenant work, and is widely recognised as a specialist in leasehold management, forfeiture and service charge cases.
Simon is also frequently instructed across the full range of real property disputes, including issues of adverse possession, restrictive covenants, land registration and easements. He regularly advises on a wide range of issues arising out of development agreements, including joint venture agreements, options and overage, as well as on issues at the intersection of property and insolvency law. Simon has advised and appeared in numerous professional negligence claims connected to property transactions.
His clients include developers, land owners, financial institutions, leasehold management companies, ground rent investment companies, local authorities, Right to Manage companies, LPA receivers and surveyors.
Simon is favoured by solicitors for his practical common sense commercial advice; he is regularly instructed to represent clients at mediations and other forms of ADR.
Whilst the vast majority of Simon’s work is undertaken on a referral basis, Simon accepts instructions from surveyors and other qualified professionals under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access scheme and occasionally accepts instructions on a public access basis.
Simon edits Hardwicke’s monthly property team newsletter, which you can find here.
Before coming to the bar, Simon worked for 10 years providing (through his company) technical, design and production services to clients in the entertainment, film, corporate hospitality and motor industries, both in the UK and abroad. He has considerable commercial experience.
Simon spends his spare time entertaining his children, ideally combining this with his interests in cycling, cars, collecting photography books and working on his house (a thatched former cow shed).
Simon is recommended by Legal 500 for property litigation.
“An excellent advocate and especially able to provide succinct and commercially viable advice”
- LLB Hons (University of London, Queen Mary College) – First Class
- Bar Vocational Course (BPP, London) – Outstanding
- Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn) (2005)
- Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn) (2004)
- Dechert Company Law Prize (2004)
- Drapers’ Company Prize for academic excellence (2003)
- Property Bar Association
- Chancery Bar Association