Simon practises in commercial law, with a particular focus on banking & financial services, and complex commercial fraud cases.
Simon has a wealth of experience in some of the most significant banking and financial services cases of recent years, from major interest rate hedging product litigation to regulatory investigations against individuals. He has a deep knowledge of the allegations of LIBOR misconduct against several major banks, a great deal of experience in misselling cases, and a wealth of experience of developing legal and tactical arguments in major commercial litigation.
Significant recent instructions include:
Having been seconded to both the Financial Services Authority and the Pensions Regulator, Simon has an excellent understanding of how regulators approach cases. He has acted both for and against the targets of regulatory action, including in multi-jurisdictional cases.
Simon is frequently instructed as sole advocate in the High Court, County Court and Employment Tribunals. He also acts as part of larger counsel teams on long-running commercial litigation.
Simon has been instructed in many of the most significant banking cases of recent years, and has a particular strength in cases involving allegations of interest rate benchmark manipulation.
Simon’s recent work includes:
In 2012 Simon was seconded to the General Counsel’s Division of the Financial Services Authority for 9 months, drafting Handbook rules and guidance in relation to Collective Investment Schemes. Simon’s role included liaising with FSA policy-makers, advising on partnership law, and negotiating the drafting of legislation with HM Treasury and Parliamentary Counsel.
Simon is instructed across the full range of commercial dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on complex civil fraud cases:
Simon’s current and recent work includes:
Simon has experience of acting for airlines in passenger claims brought under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. Simon is also regularly instructed on behalf of claimants in respect of accidents and illnesses suffered while on holiday abroad.
Simon has significant expertise in catastrophic multi-million pound personal injury cases, including advising and drafting complex Schedules of Loss.
Simon was seconded to the Pensions Regulator in 2015, working across the Regulator’s legal teams. He built up a good knowledge of the Regulator’s approach, in particular whilst working on pensions liberation / scams, avoidance and scheme funding matters, as well as advising in relation to statutory interpretation and the exercise of the Regulator’s powers.
Advising members of various schemes on potential complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman
Simon regularly accepts instructions in the Employment Tribunal.
BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Christ Church, Oxford University
Bar Vocational Course, BBP Law School, London
Winner, Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2011)
Eastham Pupillage Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2011)
Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford University (2008-2009)
Secondment to General Counsel’s Division, Financial Services Authority (2012), working particularly on collective investment schemes and drafting sections of the FSA Handbook.
Secondment to the Pensions Regulator (2015), working particularly on pension liberation/scams, avoidance and scheme funding matters.
Financial Services Lawyers Association
Association of Pension Lawyers
Advocates for International Development