Simon King practises in clinical and other professional negligence, personal injury (including product liability) and civil litigation in tort and contract disputes, and in specialist criminal and regulatory work in related fields (e.g. Health and Safety prosecutions, professional disciplinary and regulatory tribunals). He has also acted in Coroner’s Inquests and Inquiries, including in relation to the fatal shooting by police in 2005 of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station, and a number of other Article 2 inquests in the context of the armed forces and of clinical treatment. His practice is based in London but is not restricted by location.
His early practice at the Bar was in the criminal courts, providing him with forensic advocacy experience much valued by subsequent clients. Since 2003 he has sat as a Recorder and is now authorised as such to deal with cases in the criminal, civil and family jurisdictions of the Crown and County Courts.
In practice he acts for both Claimants and Defendants and is cited annually in the principal professional directories (Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500) as a leading practitioner at the London Bar in the areas of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.
Simon acts for both Claimants and Defendants in clinical negligence claims and is recognised as a leading practitioner in this field. He appears regularly in court both at trial and on interlocutory hearings, and has built a strong following especially in the Midlands and the North of England – but he places no geographical restrictions on his practice and is willing to travel as necessary in order to see clients or experts, or to attend court. Claims dealt with have included issues in relation to alleged negligence by GPs, surgeons, oncologists, rheumatologists, obstetricians, gynaecologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and anaesthetists amongst others.
Simon has appeared at a number of sensitive and/or high-profile inquests arising out of alleged clinical negligence; including in relation to the death of a newborn child as a result of poor infection control, and in relation to the death of a healthy man on the operating table as a result of failures of anaesthetic technique.
Simon undertakes work in relation to contractual and tortious disputes arising in the commercial environment, but especially in relation to alleged professional negligence. He has advised and represented individuals and corporate interests in disputes arising in the fields of insurance and reinsurance, construction and property development, and in respect of alleged negligence in conducting litigation arising out of such matters.
Simon is recognised as a leader in the field in relation to personal injury work. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants; and he acts for defendants in related litigation including actual or potential prosecutions under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and related provisions.
Chambers & Partners 2014 guide said of him “He’s excellent. Whether it’s his knowledge of the law, pleadings, cross-examination, interlocutory matters or the final trial, he doesn’t have a weakness.” “His communication skills are exceptional and he has a clear focus on the client’s best interests. He is excellent in writing, in conference and at court”, and the 2013 edition of the Legal 500 praised his “exceptional advocacy skills”.
Simon’s practice in Product Liability is closely allied to his practice in personal injury and clinical negligence work. He is regularly instructed to advice on potential product liability issues, and has represented Defendants in particular at a number of significant trials over the years.
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