Simon is a Partner in the Gatwick-based employment group. He is known for his ability to deliver pragmatic, commercially sound advice to organisations in both the public and private sectors with a particular specialism in supporting clients through complex employee relations and structural change issues. He also advises on complex TUPE issues.
What they say
"Not only is he very knowledgeable but he also shows a strong commercial understanding and will work through issues that may arise, offering a variety of solutions that take into account the commercial impact and not just potential legal risks."
Chambers & Partners UK 2020
Simon has a thorough understanding of the particular issues affecting public bodies and those that work with them. His clients include local authorities, registered providers of social housing including such as Family Mosaic Housing Group, Brighton Housing Trust. Change, Grow, Live (formerly Crime Reduction Initiatives), Shoreham Port Authority, St Mary’s University, Northbrook College, City College (Brighton), Lancing College, CAE, The Caravan Club, Anabas (2UK) Ltd, Sussex County Cricket Club, Linens Direct and Crawley Borough Council.
Simon undertakes his own advocacy and is a highly successful advocate in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Simon regularly delivers training on all aspects of employment law and speaks at external conferences.
Simon joined the firm in 1986 as a trainee solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in 1988.
- Advised Brighton City Council in relation to the transfer of its external catering services at locations such as Brighton Dome and Brighton Pavilion. The transfer was a complex multi party arrangement involving a variety of different staff groupings at the different sites. The arrangement was politically contentious with significant trade union involvement. It attracted substantial publicity in the local press.
- Supported Genesis Housing Association through to the Court of Appeal in a legally significant and widely reported case relating to an employer’s responsibility to investigate allegations of misconduct. Genesis’s decision to dismiss staff accused of fraud was successfully defended through the Tribunal process and then upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Memberships and associations
- Employment Lawyers Association