"An experienced, well-prepared and forensic advocate."
The Legal 500 UK Bar
Simon is a children law specialist, having practised exclusively in children matters for more than 20 years since pupillage. He represents local authorities, parents and children’s guardians at all levels of court up to and including the Court of Appeal on a wide range of matters including cases of neglect, serious injury or death, sexual abuse and factitious illness.
In private law matters, Simon typically handles cases involving disputes over contact, alienation and domestic violence. He has also represented clients on matters of this kind where there is an international dimension to the case.
Simon has also been involved in matters in respect of international adoptions, Court of Protection and mental health review tribunals. Other unique cases of interest have involved sperm donation, Jehovah Witnesses, human rights, and applications under the inherent jurisdiction.
Simon has specialised in children law for more than 20 years. He appears regularly for a number of local authorities, as well as parents and children’s guardians in cases have relating to complex medical issues including bruising, fractures (vitamin D), head injuries, sexual abuse, factitious illness, and the death of children.
In addition, he has also provided representation on cases involving domestic violence, chronic neglect, drugs and/or alcohol abuse, learning disabilities and mental health issues.
Simon has also undertaken pro bono cases.
An important case which examined the approach to be taken when an English child is accommodated under an interim care order in a placement in Scotland that has not been approved by the Scottish Ministers for the provision of secure accommodation and is subject to deprivation of liberty orders.
Fact-finding. Acting for the children. Mother and Father represented by QCs. Maternal grandparents representing themselves.
Three-week fact-finding hearing into serious head and brain injuries to a six-month-old baby at the hands of the mother and/or father.
Simon has significant experience of cases featuring parental hostility to contact and alienation, domestic violence and cases with an international element.
"A very eloquent advocate, who can hold his own against silks."
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018