Introduction Introduction Simon engages in the full range of civil and commercial litigation. He has specialist expertise in commercial law, insurance, insolvency and financial matters and regularly appears in the County Court and High Court. He also investigates and reports on complaints for regulatory bodies and regularly appears in disciplinary and regulatory tribunals. Simon accepts instructions under the government’s “Junior Junior” panel (formerly the “baby barrister” scheme). Simon has also spent a period of time advising in-house at a City-based insolvency practice, was seconded to the London Borough of Southwark to investigate and advise on a high-value contract fraud and to a regulator to present regulatory proceedings. Simon provides pro bono assistance to the COIN Scheme (Company Insolvency Scheme operating in the Companies Court), and is a ratified Free Representation Unit (FRU) volunteer for employment cases. Before Simon joined Chambers, he worked in a number of roles in government: as senior strategy and policy manager at the Judicial Appointments Commission; as the Lord Chancellor’s adviser on the appointment of Queen’s Counsel; and as a policy adviser at the Ministry of Justice, working with government lawyers and draftsmen on legislation reforming the regulation of the legal professions. Publications Publications Simon previously worked in academia having taught undergraduate law on the LLB course at the University of Sheffield and undertaken accredited research for the publication of a legal text on the use of British military force, Democracy Goes to War – British military deployments under international law. Simon is one of the technical editors of Law for Small Businesses for Dummies. Awards & Prizes Awards & Prizes Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke Award, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Winner of the UK Environmental law Association mooting competition, team leader, Judged by Lord Slynn of Hadley, Supreme Court Qualifications Qualifications LLB (Hons) European International and Comparative Law, University of Sheffield & Monash University, Melbourne LLM (Distinction) Commercial law, University of Sheffield Memberships Memberships Denning Society Free Representation Unit (FRU) London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers Professional Negligence Bar Association Administrative Law Bar Association Technology & Construction Bar Association South Eastern Circuit Languages Languages Spanish (working knowledge) Testimonials Testimonials "I am impressed with Simon's razor like approach when in receipt of our insolvency instructions and his laser guided delivery when in advocacy. A necessary tool to have in your insolvency toolbox." - Peter Murray, Director, Insolvency & Law Ltd "Simon is immensely thorough in his preparation and has a very good command of the intricacies of Court process. This gives clients confidence as well as ensuring positive results in Court...." - Clive Rich, Barrister, CEO, Law Bite Direct Access Direct Access Simon is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Simon on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.