Simon specialises in professional negligence litigation and acts on behalf of both insurer and insured clients in defending allegations of negligence, breach of contract, defamation and fraud. He has experience of handling claims relating to a variety of professions including architects, planners, interior designers, solicitors, surveyors, barristers, independent financial advisors, journalists, business consultants, web designers and TV/Film production companies.
Simon has also gained experience of cyber claims made in various jurisdictions and is comfortable liaising with IT forensic experts.
Simon acts for clients at all stages of a claim from the initial pre-action correspondence through to trial. He is comfortable at drafting statements of case, instructing and liaising with counsel, and instructing and where necessary stress testing experts' advice. Simon regularly deals with procedural applications such as strike out applications and applications for interim payments. He also defends his clients' interests at mediation and without prejudice settlement meetings.
Simon recently completed a one year secondment with Beazley where he managed claims from a wide range of jurisdictions including Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Chile, France, Italy, Spain, UK and the US.
Along with defending Insurers and Insureds Simon also provides coverage advice and guidance arising from policy wordings as well as advising in relation to issues around aggregation and notifications of loss.
Examples of experience include advising:
- Countrywide Surveyors in relation to claims made against surveyors in respect of alleged over-valuations and property defects
- Solicitor Firms in relation to: property claims, probate and inheritance claims and immigration and employment claims
- IFAs in relation to claims made against financial advisors and complaints made to the financial ombudsman, in respect of the suitability of investment products, risk diversification and in particularly the use of SIPPs.