Simon has extensive experience in energy and marine insurance disputes, and his practice also includes a deep experience of construction all-risks, professional indemnity, reinsurance, political risks and general coverage disputes. He regularly advises London and international insurers in relation to complex claims in these sectors, and assists with the drafting of policy wordings. Simon is also part of the Firm’s oil & gas team. Simon is recognised by Legal 500 as a leading individual for insurance and reinsurance litigation.
Simon is also a leading shipping lawyer, and is recommended in this field by Legal 500. He acts principally for shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, traders banks and insurers and encompassing disputes in relation to charterparties, carriage of goods, sale of goods, ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding. Simon also uses his insurance experience to advise on the application of P&I Club’s rules.
Simon also has considerable experience of commercial dispute resolution, including disputes arising out of joint ventures, bond issues and other shareholder disputes.
- Advising Mortgagees Interest Insurers in relation to the loss of the M/T “BRILLANTE VIRTUOSO”, insured for US$77 million.
- Advising Hull, War, Port Risks and MII insurers in relation to a series of complex and high value casualties with total insured values over US$150 million.
- Advising energy market insurers in relation to the Gryphon FPSO loss, the third largest offshore energy loss ever recorded.
- Advising energy market insurers in relation to a failed horizontal directional drilling project offshore Trinidad, including ongoing litigation in the commercial court.
- Advising energy market insurers, in collaboration with Clyde & Co’s international network, on complex property damage and control of well losses in Mexico, the UAE and India.
- Advising P&I Clubs in relation to removal of wreck, including the wreck of the jack up drilling rig “PERRO NEGRO 6”.
- Advising insurers on business interruption insurance issues following Hurricane Katrina, including a significant arbitration in relation to the US shipbuilding industry.
- Acting for Charterers in an LMAA arbitration concerning complex issues arising from the carriage of grain cargoes.
- Acting for Owners in relation to stevedore damage to a number of Vessels, resulting in substantial recoveries of damages and costs.
- Acting for Owners in an LMAA Arbitration against charters under a multi-million dollar contract of affreightment, resulting in a finding of liability for breach of contract and payment of substantial damages and costs.
- Acting for Owners in an LMAA Arbitration concerning the condition of a fleet of vessels returned from a bareboat charterparty, which resulted in a favourable settlement for Owners.
- Acting for the successful buyers of a tanker in the reported case Nestor Maritime v Sea Anchor Shipping  EWHC 996 (Comm), in which Buyers proved that the Sellers had induced them to buy the vessel on the basis of a fraudulent misrepresentation.
- Acting for Owners in relation to a multi-million dollar shipbuilding contract, successfully establishing that Owners had justifiably cancelled the contract and making a full costs recovery.
- Advising Owners and Charterers in relation to issues arising out of the liquefaction of cargo.
- Acting for Greek banking/private equity entities in various LCIA and ICC arbitrations involving investments in the telecoms, food and beverage and mineral extraction industries.
- Acting for Polish conglomerate Elektrim in relation to multi-billion dollar international arbitrations concerning investments in the telecoms, power and real estate industries, reported as Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc v Elektrim SA & Anor  EWCA Civ 1142 and Syska (Elektrim SA) v Vivendi Universal SA and Ors  EWCA Civ 677.