Simon is a barrister specialising in commercial law and all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration. He advises and acts in commercial disputes in a broad range of areas, with particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance, shipping, energy and natural resources, and professional negligence, as well as general commercial disputes. Simon is listed in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in insurance and reinsurance and in energy.
Described in the legal directories as an “exceptionally talented” and “user-friendly” barrister, who is “impressive and very alive to the needs of both the client and the instructing solicitor”, “very effective and good on his feet” and “produces work of the highest quality”, Simon has been involved in a large number of high profile commercial cases in the Commercial Court, in the appellate courts and in arbitration. His work is split evenly between cases in the High Court and those involving arbitration, whether English arbitration, international arbitration (under rules such as ICC, UNCITRAL or LCIA) or “Bermuda Form” arbitration.
Notable recent cases:
Simon is the author of the three chapters in Carver on Charterparties (now in its 2nd edition, 2020, Sweet & Maxwell) on damages and other remedies for breach of charterparty. He is also the co-author of a book on liability insurance which is due to be published in 2022.
In the areas of insurance and reinsurance, Simon acts for a broad range of clients, in litigation and in arbitration (including arbitration on the “Bermuda Form”). Over the past 20 years, he has been instructed in many of the major disputes which have concerned the London market and in most classes of business (at an insurance and reinsurance level), including: third party liability, aviation, business interruption, construction, crime, D&O, DSU, energy, film finance, financial contingency, marine, political risks, professional indemnity, specie, accident & health, legal expenses, sport and property.
Simon is recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in insurance and reinsurance, where he is described as an “exceptionally talented”, “very effective” and “user-friendly” barrister and “Experienced hand at high-value insurance disputes across the board”.
Simon has acted in numerous cases of a general commercial nature, involving issues of general contract or tort law, sale of goods, agency, trusts and restitution.
Simon has been involved in numerous energy and natural resources cases over the past 10 years. Many have been claims involving power generation or gas production, but more recently, Simon has been involved in high value cases concerning oil and gas exploration, development and production.
Simon is recommended in Legal 500 as a leading junior in energy, where he is described as “Experienced in a wide range of oil, gas and power cases” (Legal 500 2020).
Simon has been involved in numerous cases which have concerned claims against professionals for negligence, particularly insurance brokers, but also solicitors and accountants.
Simon has been involved in numerous arbitrations and in litigation concerning a wide range of charterparty, bill of lading and longer-term contract of affreightment issues, as well as large and complex ship-building disputes.
Simon is the author of the three chapters in Carver on Charterparties (now in its 2nd edition, 2020, Sweet & Maxwell) on damages and other remedies for breach of charterparty.
Simon has acted in a number of cases involving construction contracts and disputes.
Many of Simon’s cases involve domestic or international arbitration.
Simon regularly deals with disputes involving complex jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues.
Simon has acted in a number of cases which have concerned large-scale civil fraud.
Simon is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading junior for insurance and reinsurance and for energy, and by Chambers & Partners for insurance.
Member of the British Insurance Law Association and of the London Shipping Law Centre.
Merchant Taylors’ School, Middlesex (1985-1990)
University of Oxford (Keble College) (1990-1994):
B.A. (Oxon) (First Class Honours) (1994)
M.A. (Oxon) (1998)
Modern Languages Scholar
College Collections Prizes
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (1994)
Full CPE Award (1995)
Sunley Scholarship (1996)
City University, London:
Diploma in Law (1996)
Inns of Court School of Law, London:
Bar Vocational Course (1997)
7 King’s Bench Walk:
Pupillage at 7 King’s Bench Walk (1997-1998)
Languages: French (fluent)
In practice as a commercial barrister, Simon has been “further noted for his French language skills” (Chambers & Partners UK, 2014). Two notable cases in this context are: Société Générale v Württembergische Versicherung AG & Ors  EWHC 3112 (Comm), which involved a very large volume of electronic and printed documentation in French, as well as audio recordings, on precious and non-precious metals trading, specie insurance and French legal matters. Walker International Holdings Ltd v Republique Populaire Du Congo & Ors  EWHC 2813 (Comm), which involved a substantial amount of documentation in French on accounting, legal and geopolitical matters.