Simon is a Partner and the Head of Dispute Resolution, which also includes the firm’s Debt Recovery, Insolvency and Personal Injury practices.
Simon has an established practice and significant following and he is known for dealing with large scale, complex corporate and commercial disputes with particular expertise in the insurance and banking sectors.
He regularly advises on matters involving breach of contract and breach of duty, professional negligence, director, shareholder and partnership disputes, defamation, commercial and corporate fraud and judicial review.
Recognised as one of the foremost litigation lawyers in the South of England, Simon is recommended in Chambers & Partners with sources praising his “pragmatism and flexibility,"
and the "sensible and commercial approach"
he takes. He is also praised in Legal 500 2022: "‘Simon Elcock is very calm under pressure, confident and authoritative in his advice. Clients respect him and his initial judgement on a case is rarely wrong."
His private sector clients include a number of the UK’s leading banks, such as The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, as well as other significant companies including Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK Ltd (formerly Strutt & Parker LLP), and BDO LLP. His public sector clients include a number of universities and unitary authorities.
Simon is an Accredited Mediator with the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and is experienced in and an advocate of all recognised forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR")
Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1997, having trained with the firm after spending the initial part of his career in the hospitality industry, and became a Partner in July 2001.