Simon is a specialist in mental capacity work; in both the Court of Protection looking after clients’ property and affairs and in contentious probate work.
Simon has been listed as an individual leading lawyer (in property and affairs Court of Protection Work) in both the Legal 500 (“an excellent practitioner” and “highly competent at advising on intricate and complex trusts and Court of Protection matters”) and in the Chambers and Partners directory ("it is hard to find anybody else with such enthusiasm", “he is passionately committed to dealing with people with mental capacity issues") (all quotes from 2016 editions) and “He is great – he cares about the clients, he understands the law, and he has a firm hand when needed, which is critical in this area” (quote from Chambers 2018 edition)
He has given a number of talks in this field as a guest speaker for third parties such as Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and 9 St John Street Chambers. He completed the Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme with the (then) Senior Judge Lush (having been invited by him to do so) in the Court of Protection.
He is a member of the STEP Mental Capacity Special Interest Group and was a founding executive committee member of the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association (COPPA).
Simon studied law at Staffordshire University Law School and obtained a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course and a Commendation in the CPE (Pg Dip) in Legal Studies where he was awarded the Law School Prize for outstanding performance.
Outside of work he is a music lover (most genres but mainly indie and Americana – his all time favourite band is Pearl Jam) and is “a decent guitarist, a reasonable drummer and below average keyboard player”.
Simon loves most sports but particularly football and cricket. He still plays cricket but to a much lower standard than he used to due to his increasing age (and weight) and deteriorating eyesight! He is a season ticket holder at Macclesfield Town FC.