Year Of CallYear of call: 1986
Leading Junior in the Legal 500 for the last two years
“Highly experienced in police disciplinary matters: ” Legal 500 2018
Legally Qualified Chair for Police Misconduct hearings in the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside Region. Simon has chaired hearings for North Yorkshire Police, Humberside Police, South Yorkshire Police, Greater Manchester Police, Cleveland Police and the British Transport Police.
Police Officer’s sexual misconduct:
Police Officer’s misconduct during rape investigation
Simon regularly conducts cases on behalf of members of the Police Federation and various police forces. He has presented cases for various police forces including West Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Police. He regularly appears before the Police Appeal Tribunal and in judicial review cases on behalf of Police Forces. He also acts in civil actions against the police, in employment and equality claims and in police pension case. He is on the Metropolitan Police List of Approved Barristers.
Simon has considerable experience of representing Police Forces at high profile Inquests.
Recent inquests include:
Represented Cleveland police in a case where a pensioner was bitten by a police dog (Irene Collins)
Represented West Yorkshire Police where a school teacher was murdered at school (Ann Maguire)
Represented West Yorkshire Police where a wife was murdered and her husband died in a house fire (Susan Ashworth)
Currently instructed in inquests for Northumbria Police and North Yorkshire Police.
Previous inquests include:
Represented West Yorkshire Police in an inquest into the death of Nazim Din:
Represented South Yorkshire Police in an inquest where a grandmother died after contact with the police (Diane Botham):
Recommended as a leading Junior in the Legal 500 for the past four years
“Highly recommended for industrial disease matters”: Legal 500 2018
Simon has acted in personal injury cases throughout his legal career. He mainly represents Claimants but acts for police forces and other employers. His work includes fatal accident claims and claims of the utmost severity.
Recent cases include acting for a Claimant for psychiatric damage after a factory explosion; for a Claimant with life changing injuries after a bus collision; numerous claims for WRULD; and acting for Defendants in stress at work claims.
His particular area of expertise is industrial disease litigation, for which he has a nationwide practice. He has been involved in numerous group actions including asthma claims, deafness claims, HAVS claims and carbon monoxide poisoning claims. He specialises in asbestos claims.
Former Contributor to APIL Personal Injury Law Practice and Precedents.
Platt v BRB (Residuary) Ltd  EWCA Civ 1401
Black v Arriva North East Ltd  EWCA Civ 1115
Sayers v Lord Chelwood  EWCA Civ 1715
Cairns-Jones & Ors v Christie Tyler  EWCA Civ 1642
Vance-Daniel v Corus UK Ltd  All ER (D) 96 Feb
West Yorkshire Police v M & A District Council  Lawtel 04.12.07
Bulmer & Ors v Noel Village Lawtel  29.11.07
Rugby Joinery (UK) Ltd v Pamela Whitfield  EWCA Civ 561
Montracon Ltd v Gregory Whalley  EWCA Civ 1383
Doherty v Rugby Joinery (UK) Ltd  EWCA Civ 147
Recommended as a leading Junior in Legal 500 for the last four years: “Acts for claimants and respondents across a broad spectrum of employment cases”.
Simon represents both Claimants and Respondents, often police forces, in a variety of employment and equality claims. Simon accepts direct access work.
A solicitor in a claim for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal against a leading regional law firm.
A leading Academy in a claim for unfair dismissal brought by a teacher.
A senior Financial Manager in a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim against a bank.
An undercover Police Officer in a disability discrimination claim against a police force.
A police force in a number of claims for race discrimination.
An equality act claim concerning wheelchair access to public transport.
A student on a direct access basis for disability discrimination against a University.
A former employee on a direct access basis claiming a post employment detriment due to being a whistleblowing
A police force in a claim for race and religious discrimination.
A police force in a claim for disability discrimination and a failure to make reasonable adjustments.
Hall v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire UKEAT/0057/15/LA
EAT case on the causal link between disability and unfavourable treatment.
McFarlane v Cadbury Trebor Bassett 
Employment Appeal Tribunal case concerning whether a resignation amounted to constructive dismissal.
Windle & Ors v MOJ & West Yorkshire Police 
Represented WYP in a case to determine whether interpreters used by the Police and the MOJ were employed or independent contractors.
Simon regularly appears before a range of disciplinary panels, in particular police disciplinary panels. He also represents clients before the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council. He also advised in internal disciplinary proceedings. He has conduced a number of judicial review cases including in the area of police pensions. He accepts direct access work.
Areas of Expertise
- Disciplinary hearings
- Judicial Review Cases
Simon is a Legally Qualified Chair for Police Misconduct hearings in the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside Region. Simon has chaired hearings for North Yorkshire Police, Humberside Police, South Yorkshire Police, Greater Manchester Police, Cleveland Police and the British Transport Police. His experience of chairing cases is invaluable in knowing how to present and defend in disciplinary hearings.
Recent Notable Cases
Police officer’s sexual misconduct: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-46057916
Police Officer’s misconduct during rape investigation: https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2018/news/discraced-cop-named-after-journalists-overturn-anonymity-order; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-43508439
Begley v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police: – Concerned the admissibility of breathalyser evidence in disciplinary cases: Police Appeal Tribunal and Judicial Review case.
Parker v Chief Constable of Northumbria Police: – Concerned the decision not to appoint a police officer following medical evidence. Judicial review case.
Represented Cleveland police in a case where a pensioner was bitten by a police dog (Irene Collins): https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/17/middlesbrough-woman-73-died-after-being-bitten-by-police-dog-inquest-hears
Represented West Yorkshire Police where a school teacher was murdered at school (Ann Maguire): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-41969471
Called to the Bar 1986/Inner Temple
- Sheffield University LLB
- Inns of Court School of Law
- North Eastern Circuit
- Chair of Police Misconduct Hearings
- External Assessor with the College of Policing
- International advocacy trainer for the Inns of Court
- Advocacy Trainer for the North Eastern Circuit
- Trustee of York CAB