He has been consistently recognised as a leading junior in this field by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and has appeared in more than 40 reported Insolvency cases. He is regularly instructed to act in high value and complex litigation and against leading Counsel.
Simon is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and regularly acts for the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Official Receiver in Company Directors’ Disqualification cases.
In December 2020, Simon was appointed as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge.
In the last year, Simon has:
Re Nasmyth Group Ltd  EWHC 988 (Ch)
The court refused to sanction a restructuring plan under Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006 where it would be unfair to cram down HMRC.
Re Fastfit Station Ltd  EWHC 496 (Ch)
Where an insolvent company had caused payments which were due to it to instead be paid to a new company controlled by the insolvent company’s director, the payments constituted transactions at an undervalue and the director was in breach of fiduciary duty.
Re Ethos Solutions Ltd  EWHC 3098 (Ch)
The court refused to permit a liquidator to amend his claim under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 in respect of a tax avoidance scheme implemented by the company to plead additional claims in unjust enrichment.
Doran v County Rentals Ltd (t/a Hunters)  EWCA Civ 1376;  BPIR 53
Acted successfully for respondent company in landmark appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the coronavirus test in Schedule 10 to the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020. Permission to appeal was subsequently refused by the Supreme Court.
Absolute Living Developments Ltd (In Liquidation) v Absolute Living Developments (Orchid Point) Limited  EWHC 2351 (Ch)
Acted successfully for liquidator in obtaining declaration as to her entitlement to sell property under the terms of a settlement agreement
Absolute Living Developments Ltd (In Liquidation) v Absolute Living Developments (Orchid Point) Limited  EWHC 988 (Ch)
Acted successfully for liquidator in obtaining declaration as to validity of power of attorney granted in accordance with terms of settlement agreement.
Doran v County Rentals Ltd (t/a Hunters)  EWHC 3478 (Ch);  BCC 572
Acted successfully for respondent company in resisting appeal against dismissal of winding up petition at preliminary hearing where the coronavirus test in Schedule 10 to the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 was not met.
Cunningham v Absolute Living Development Ltd (In Liquidation)  EWHC 2311 (Ch)
Successfully resisting application for injunction to restrain liquidator from selling property at an alleged undervalue.
Re Premier FX Limited  EWHC 1321 (Ch)
Successfully acting for liquidators in resisting trust claim. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Jackson v Ayles & Pumphrey  EWHC 995 (Ch)
Successfully acting for trustee in bankruptcy in obtaining a declaration that a first charge secured over the bankrupt’s matrimonial home was unenforceable pursuant to s.26 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
Re Virgin Active Holdings Ltd  EWHC 814 (Ch) &  EWHC 911 (Ch)
Acting for Pure Gym Limited (leading Samuel Parsons) in raising concerns about the drafting of restructuring plans proposed by companies in the Virgin Active Group under Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006. In light of the concerns, the companies agreed to amend the plans and to pay Pure Gym’s costs.
Hall (Liquidator of Ethos Solutions Ltd) v Nassim  EWHC 142 (Ch)
The court struck out parts of a claim by a liquidator seeking to challenge payments made by a company to the respondents via a business benefit trust pursuant to s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Faryab v Thrings LLP  EWHC 3786 (Ch)
The court struck out a £25m claim issued by a bankrupt against the petitioning creditor as an abuse of process.
Oyesanya v Jackson  EWHC 542 (Ch)
Successfully resisting appeal against possession and sale order made in respect of bankrupt’s solely owned property.
Re Skeggs Beef Limited  EWHC 2607 (Ch);  BCC 635
The court declared that an out-of-hours appointment of administrators by a qualifying floating charge holder was valid notwithstanding that the appointer used CE filing rather than the procedure under r.3.20 of the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016.
Absolute Living Developments Ltd (in Liquidation) v DS7 Ltd & Ors  EWHC 550 (Ch)
The court retrospectively dispensed with service of a claim form and other documents on a British citizen resident in Switzerland where her lawyer had refused to accept service on the basis that some of the documents had not been translated into French.
Officeserve Technologies Ltd & Anor v Annabel's (Berkeley Square) Ltd & Ors  EWHC 2168 (Ch);  Ch 103
Successful claim to recover void payments made by the applicant company to the 43 respondents after the presentation of the winding up petition.
Absolute Living Developments Ltd (in Liquidation) v DS7 Ltd & Ors (No 2)  EWHC 1717 (Ch)
Acted successfully for the claimant company in respect of its committal application against a defendant who was found to have committed multiple breaches of a freezing order and was sentenced to a £100,000 fine. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Absolute Living Developments Ltd (in Liquidation) v DS7 Ltd & Ors (No 1)  EWHC 1432 (Ch)
Acted successfully for the claimant company in resisting the defendants’ application for security for costs on the grounds that it would stifle a genuine claim in circumstances where the claimant was in compulsory liquidation, there were no available assets in its estate and the liquidator was not prepared personally to provide security for the defendants’ costs of the claim. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Re Baltic House Developments Ltd  EWHC 1525 (Ch);  Bus LR 1531
Acted successfully for a group of investors in resisting the Company’s application for an administration order and obtaining an immediate winding up order in circumstances where the purpose in para.3(1)(c) Sch.B1 could not be achieved without unnecessarily harming the interests of the creditors as a whole.
Stevensdrake Ltd v Hunt  EWCA Civ 1173;  BCC 611;  BPIR 1408;  4 Costs LR 781
Solicitors acting under a CFA were stopped by convention from claiming payment from the liquidator personally where a misfeasance claim had been successful but there were no recoveries into the estate. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Officeserve Technologies Ltd v Anthony-Mike  EWHC 1920 (Ch);  BCC 574;  BPIR 1291
Acted successfully for a liquidator in establishing that a post-petition settlement agreement did not purport to compromise a misfeasance claim against a director, that any such compromise would have been void pursuant to s.127 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and that there was no basis for making a validation order.
Bhandal v Wallace (Joint Special Liquidator of Irish Bank Resolution Corp Ltd  5 WLUK 321
A debtor applied to set aside a statutory demand based on a costs order in the sum of £83,000 obtained against him by the joint special liquidators of an Irish bank in circumstances where he had a judgement against the bank in the sum of £113m.
Armstrong v Onyearu  EWCA Civ 268;  Ch 137  3 WLR 1304;  BPIR 869; Times, 9 June 2017;  WLR(D) 271
Appeal considering the application of the doctrine of equity of exoneration where a non-bankrupt spouse received an indirect benefit from a business loan taken out by her husband and secured on their home.
Re-Energized Ltd v EDF Energy Plc  EWHC 1424 (Ch)
Successfully resisted an application to restrain the advertisement of a winding up petition.
Re Officeserve Technologies Ltd  EWHC 906 (Ch);  BCC 363
Acted successfully for creditors in resisting a company’s administration application where there had been considerable post-petition dispositions.
Pettit v Bradford Bulls (Northern) Limited  EWHC 3557 (Ch);  BCC 50;  2 BCLC 519
Where there were concerns about the validity of an out-of-court administration appointment, the court terminated that appointment (insofar as valid) with retrospective effect and made a retrospective administration order.
Horton v Henry  EWCA Civ 989;  1 WLR 391;  3 All ER 735;  BPIR 1426;  Pens LR 311; Times, 18 January 2017,  WLR (D) 506;  All ER (D) 50 (Oct)
Landmark appeal concerning whether a bankrupt can be compelled to elect to draw down or crystallise his pension in order to enable the income to be claimed for his estate by way of income payments order. Led by Stephen Davies QC.
Wood v Lowe  EWHC 2052 (Ch)
Application by IVA supervisor for payment by a trustee in bankruptcy of his costs of disclosure orders.
Re Rococo Developments Ltd; Evans v Jones  EWCA Civ 660;  Ch 1;  3 WLR 1480;  1 BCLC 184;  BPIR 1207;  All ER (D) 36 (Jul)
Whether a company’s claim for repayment of an unlawful dividend should be included in the assessment of balance sheet solvency for the purposes of a preference claim. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Stevensdrake Ltd v Hunt  EWHC 1111 (Ch);  All ER (D) 102 (May)
Claim by solicitors that they were entitled to all of the proceeds of a recovery into an insolvent estate notwithstanding that the monies were divided between the liquidator, solicitors and counsel. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Wood v Lowe  EWHC 1010 (Ch)
Application for possession and sale of two properties of which the bankrupt’s daughter claimed to be the sole beneficial owner.
Stevensdrake Ltd v Hunt  EWHC 342 (Ch);  BCC 515;  1 BCLC 64;  2 Costs LO 187;  BPIR 773;  All ER (D) 258 (Feb)
Successfully defending an Insolvency Practitioner in a claim brought against him personally by his former solicitors for payment of approximately £1m owed to them under a CFA where a misfeasance claim had been successful but there were no recoveries into the estate. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Walker & Anor v National Westminster Bank Plc & Anor  EWHC 315 (Ch);  BCC 355;  1 BCLC 124;  All ER (D) 268 (Feb)
Claim by former administrators of a dissolved company for direct payment of redress for mis-sold IRHP.
Re Premier Motor Auctions Leeds Limited  EWHC 3568 (Ch);  BCC 463;  All ER (D) 126 (Dec)
Application by liquidators for approval and authorisation of litigation expenses pursuant to r 4.218E of the Insolvency Rules 1986.
Re Armstrong Brands Limited  EWHC 3303 (Ch);  BCC 657;  All ER (D) 172 (Nov)
Application to determine the validity of the appointment of administrators pursuant to paragraph 14 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986.
Re Overfinch Bespoke Vehicles Limited; Autobrokers Ltd v Dymond  EWHC 2691 (Admin);  BCC 291
Acting successfully for the majority creditors of a company in creditors’ voluntary liquidation in respect of an application for an order directing the liquidators to call a meeting to consider a resolution for their removal.
Wood v Lowe  EWHC 2634 (Ch);  BPIR 1537;  All ER (D) 133 (Sep)
Trial to determine the ownership of various chattels (including collections of Beatles memorabilia and jukeboxes) discovered at the home of a bankrupt following the execution of a warrant pursuant to s 365 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
Over the past few years, Simon has developed a substantial Company Directors Disqualification practice. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and regularly acts for the Secretary of State and the Official Receiver in pursuing claims under both s.6 and s.8 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. In 2020, Simon appeared for the Claimant in two significant reported CDDA cases in the High Court.
In addition, Simon is instructed by company directors to assist with defending disqualification claims and making applications for under s.17 CDDA. In 2020, he successfully acted for the former directors of Freshway Wholesale Foods Limited (who had been disqualified for periods of 6.5 and 5.5 years respectively) in obtaining interim and final permission to act as directors of four companies.
Re Bell Pottinger Private Ltd  EWHC 672 (Ch)
The court dismissed an application by the former members of an LLP to strike out claims against them pursuant to s.6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. Led by Hugh Sims QC.
Re Focus 15 Limited; Official Receiver v Duckett  EWHC 3016 (Ch)
The court made a 10 year disqualification order against a de facto director of a company who failed to ensure that it maintained adequate accounting records and lied egregiously on oath.
Re Spiceroy Restaurant Limited; Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Luthfur Rahman  EWHC 2213 (Ch)
The court dismissed a disqualification claim against an alleged de facto director of a company which had employed illegal workers.
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