Simon specialises in the construction, engineering and energy sectors representing contractors, manufacturers, private employers and their professional advisers in all forms of dispute resolution, including both domestic and international arbitration, domestic court litigation, mediation and adjudication.
In addition to undertaking advisory work and drafting pleadings Simon is regularly instructed to appear at hearings including applications for specific disclosure, strike out, summary judgment, injunctions, case management conferences and trials. Many matters on which Simon is instructed involve an international dimension and he has worked in regions such as the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia. Simon’s clients have ranged from multi-national corporations and governments to private individuals.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Simon has extensive experience of construction disputes, particularly claims for delay and disruption and variations and all major forms of contract, including NEC3, JCT, FIDIC, ICE. Previous cases include major road and tunnel construction in Hong Kong and Gibraltar, a light rail network (UK), hydro schemes (UK), decommissioning of North Sea oil rigs and other commercial disputes (shipbuilding, defence manufacture), professional negligence in general and in particular of architects, engineers and surveyors.
Simon’s work in this sector has included advising and acting as junior counsel in large domestic and international arbitrations involving claims of up to £200m, acting as junior counsel in High Court litigation and regularly appearing as sole counsel in trials in the TCC, County Courts and arbitration hearings.
ENERGY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND UTILITIES
Simon is recommended as a leading junior by the Legal 500 in the field of Energy and has diverse experience in this sector, including acting for the purchaser of four Liquified Natural Gas Producer Vessels worth $1.8bn, acting as Junior Counsel for a large foreign energy supplier in an international arbitration concerning claims of over $1bn brought in respect of alleged deficiencies in the design of an offshore processing facility for liquefied natural gas and acting for a large UK energy supplier in both adjudication and High Court proceedings concerning the construction of Hydro-electric schemes.
Simon has experience of dealing with a variety of professional negligence claims involving a professionals and consultants in the construction and engineering sector, including engineers, contractors, architects and surveyors. Recent examples include advising and acting for a large architectural practice in connection with claims for negligence in the design and project management of a high profile development in Guernsey, acting for a quantity surveyor resisting a claim for professional negligence arising out of a high value residential refurbishment project and a claim against a structural engineer for failure to identify subsidence in a building.
Simon has been instructed on number of commercial disputes outside the construction sector. This includes advising and acting in relation to a claim brought in the Commercial Court by a foreign government agency against a well-known international bank for recovery of payments made in breach of mandate, appearing as junior counsel for a defence contractor resisting a claim brought before the Review Board for Government Contracts and acting for a large NHS Trust in a dispute with a major supplier.
Simon has considerable experience of adjudication and the HGCRA. This experience includes advising upon the enforcement of awards and advising in relation to the conduct of adjudications under the Act. For example, Simon has recently advised a large UK energy supplier on a series of adjudications relating to a number of Hydro-electric schemes. Other instances include advising generally and appearing at an adjudication hearing for a subcontractor in relation to a multi- million pound dispute arising out of defects in a concrete floor. Examples of enforcement proceedings include Vision Homes Ltd v Lancsville Constructions Limited  BLR 525.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION
Qualifications: 1st Class Honours, Jurisprudence, Oxford University (2003). Boulter Exhibition, Christ Church College, Oxford University (2003). Marchant Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2004).