Recommended by the Legal 500, where he is described as “calm”, “compassionate”, “focused” and a “real pleasure to work with”, Simon’s principle area of practice is maximum severity claims, including brain damage cases.
In Clinical Negligence, Simon specialises in claims involving injury at birth, cerebral palsy, failure to diagnose, failure to inform, and a variety of procedures including laparotomy and laparoscopy. He is also instructed in product liability cases which concern medical products.
Simon undertakes a range of Personal Injury work that includes industrial accidents, chemical injuries and road traffic cases. He is experienced with working with the consequences of head injuries, including resolving the problems caused by misdiagnosis and/or misunderstanding of the significance of head injuries.
Simon is involved in a number of high profile claims involving ‘dystrophy’ type injuries (see below).
Simon also appears in the Court of Protection, dealing with the ramifications particularly of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
He is highly regarded for his expertise in military claims, such as ‘non-freezing’ injuries and the calculation of loss of career prospects.
Simon is a trained Assistant Judge Advocate, and has sat on Court Martials in the UK and Germany.
“‘At ease with high-value claims and complex issues.” Legal 500 2016
Simon specialises in all claims for Clinical Negligence. In the last year these have included birth injury claims, failed plastic surgery outcomes, failure to diagnose, failure to inform, and a variety of procedures including laparotomy and laparoscopy.
He is presently instructed in a large number of cases involving damage to male and female breasts, due to missed diagnosis of cancer and inappropriate plastic surgery.
Simon is also instructed in product liability cases which concern medical products.
Simon undertakes a range of Personal Injury work that includes industrial accidents, chemical injuries and road traffic cases. He is experienced with working with the consequences of head injuries, including resolving the problems caused by misdiagnosis and/or misunderstanding of the significance of head injuries. He has worked with a number of families who have been left unsupported while they attempt to care for the victim suffering from head injuries.
Simon is involved in a number of high profile claims involving ‘dystrophy’ injuries, ‘complex regional pain’ injuries and the persisting perception of pain following the resolution of the organic symptoms. He has represented one ‘TV chef’ who developed a total loss of use of his arm following a low impact rear-end shunt. That resulted in a £1m settlement.
Simon acts in a number of cases concerning mental capacity and the allocation of funds.
Re Mark Reeves Court of Protection No. 99328848 (2010): Simon acted for the Deputy, in a case which decided whether or not a Deputy had to apply to the Court of Protection before seeking funding from the local authority.
The facts are that in 1967 Mark Reeves sustained a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident. In 2003 HHJ Oliver-Jones QC made a lump sum award of £2.5M in his favour. That award included a sum in relation to care costs at the residential Transitional Rehabilitation Unit (TRU) calculated for the anticipated life of MR, by reference to the purchase of an annuity, but not allowing for the costs of inflation. Since 1994 MR had been receiving 24 hour care at TRU.
In 2006 MR’s Deputy, Eric Morris, applied to the local authority for TRU, St Helen’s Council, for a contribution towards funding for MR’s care. In 2009 the question of ‘double recovery’ was considered by the Court of Appeal in Peters v East Midlands Strategic Health Authority & Others  EWCA Civ 145, P.I.Q.R. Q1. In that case the Deputy had been prepared to give the court an undertaking that she would make an application to the Court of Protection seeking authority to act, prior to applying for funding from the relevant local authority. In 2009 St Helen’s Council replied to Mr Morris, citing Peters, and stating that it required him to make a similar application to the Court of Protection before it would consider his application.
Simon acts for Claimants in claims against the Ministry of Defence for personal injury, including bullying and non-freezing injuries. Example cases are as follows:
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