Atkin Chambers has been recognised as a Tier 1 set for construction by the new The Legal 500 EMEA 2022 […]
14th Apr 2022
Simon specialises in the construction and 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 giving tactical advice, Simon regularly drafts pleadings and acts as sole and junior counsel in applications and trials in large, complex commercial and construction related disputes. He has a reputation for being able to quickly grasp the technical issues in a case. One source states “You know he’ll pick up on the technical points others might miss” (Chambers UK Bar).
Simon has broad experience of construction disputes, both domestic and international, including delay and disruption claims, variations claims and extensions of time. He is very familiar with Standard Form Contracts (JCT, ICE and ACE) and has advised on the DOM/1 form of subcontract. Examples of his work in this sector include:
Simon has considerable experience in relation to adjudication and the HGCRA. This experience includes advising upon the enforcement of awards and adjudications under the Act. For example, appearing as Junior Counsel in Part 8 proceedings for pre-emptive declaratory relief in relation to the enforceability of an Adjudication Award in circumstances where the appointment of the Adjudicator preceded service of the Notice of Adjudication; Vision Homes Ltd v Lancsville Constructions Limited  BLR 525.
Simon has also advised on and prepared referral/response documents and conducted adjudications. Examples include advising generally and appearing at an adjudication hearing for a sub-contractor in relation to a multi-million pound dispute arising out of defects in a concrete floor, drafting adjudication submissions for a large energy supplier in connection with several adjudications relating to renewable energy projects, and drafting a notice of adjudication for an electrical sub-contractor seeking payment.
Simon has experience of dealing with a variety of professional negligence claims involving a wide range of professional and consultants in the construction engineering sector, including engineers, contractors, architects and surveyors. Examples include a claim against a surveyor for failure to identify subsidence in a building, a claim against an architect regarding the negligent omission of drainage facilities from a residential extension and a claim against a contract administrator for delivery-up of documents and correspondence belonging to his client.
Recent experience includes:
Simon also appeared as junior counsel in an Appeal to the Privy Council from Trinidad and Tobago concerning the proper interpretation of statutory provisions permitting the recovery of loss in personal injury actions from uninsured persons driving with the consent of an insured driver; The Presidential Insurance Company Limited v Resha St. Hill  UKPC 33; 3 LRC 7.
Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v Govt of Gibraltar  BLR
Makudi v Lord Triesman  EWCA Civ 179;  2 WLR 1228; 164 NLJ 7597
RWE Npower Renewables v J N Bentley  EWHC 978 (TCC)
The Presidential Insurance Co v St. Hill  UKPC 33;  3 LRC 7
Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales  146 ConLR 194
Vision Homes Ltd v Lancsville Constructions Limited  BLR 525
Liberty Mercian v Dean & Dyball  BLR 29
PC Harrington v. Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd  BLR 16
2004 Marchant Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
2003 Boulter Exhibition, Christ Church College, Oxford University
2004-2005 BVC (Very Competent), BPP Law School, Holborn
2003-2004 LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law), King’s College London
2000-2003 BA Jurisprudence (1st Class), Christ Church College, Oxford University
Simon is a member of TECBAR, LCLCBA, COMBAR and the SCL.
“A fantastic junior with an eye for detail.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022
“Simon is very thorough, professional, hard working and responsive.”
Energy and Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“His ability to read, digest and understand complex matters over vast swaths of paperwork in a short timeframe is wonderful.”
International Arbitration, The Legal 500 2022
“He’s a hard-working and user-friendly barrister who is thorough in his work and gets the job done.” “He’s a responsive, efficient and reliable advocate.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021
“Extremely responsive, practical and precise, with a considered professionalism.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021
“An experienced junior with a great eye for detail.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2021
“His written work is excellent and he has a real eye for detail and leaves no stone left unturned.” “Gutsy, no-frills, exacting and meticulous, which is exactly what you need from a junior advocate on a dispute of monstrous technical and legal complexity.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar and Global 2020
“Excellent analytical skills, very good at legal research.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2020
“Fantastic attention to detail.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2020
“Reliable, forceful, highly intelligent and effective.”
Construction, The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 2020
“Shows incredibly good attention to detail. He is very methodical while being incredibly detailed in his analysis, which is exactly what you want in a junior.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2019
“Knows his field inside out, with an excellent technical grasp.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2019
“Hardworking and user friendly.”
Energy, The Legal 500 2019
The above are a selection of recent client endorsements from the leading legal directories, both UK and internationally. For a complete list of endorsements, please contact the practice management team at Atkin Chambers.