AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
With over 22 years of experience, the first 17 year of which was spent as a solicitor and latterly as a partner in a global law firm, Simon brings considerable legal, practical and commercial awareness to the matters on which he is instructed. His experience spans all aspects of commercial litigation with a focus on and experience in construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence claims (for both claimants and defendants), banking and finance disputes and insurance coverage matters.
Simon has appellate experience, including written advocacy in the Court of Appeal and written and oral advocacy at lower appellate level.
His recent experience includes:
Year of Call: 2017
Simon has experience of both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in a range of commercial disputes, including professional negligence claims and insurance coverage disputes. Simon also has experience of challenging the enforceability of an arbitrator’s award under the provisions of the Arbitration Act 1996. His arbitral experience includes:
Simon’s experience includes LIBOR manipulation claims, defending claims brought by a forex derivatives trader against a garment importer and claims to enforce guarantees given under a bilateral secured receivable finance facility. Simon’s banking and finance experience includes:
Simon has significant experience of general commercial litigation matters, having acted for individuals and corporate entities in contractual, tortious and partnership disputes for a broad range of businesses both regionally and nationally. Simon’s experience spans: disputes regarding supply and distribution agreements / funding agreements / partnership expulsions and disputes concerning the quality and merchantability of specialist equipment.
Simon’s experience includes obtaining and opposing freezing injunctions, applying for and defending security for costs applications, with an emphasis on high value claims and experience of all aspects of interim applications. Simon also has experience of conflict of laws, including the application of the Rome 2 regulations.
Simon has experience advising on the delivery and on-going performance of, in particular, large scale construction projects, including dispute avoidance and resolution in a range of tribunals. His experience includes advising a local authority on a large mixed use development, including procurement advice and negotiations with the main contractor and lead tenants, regarding issues which emerged during the construction process.
In addition, he has advised a utility provider on a range of public law matters, including the interpretation of various enabling acts of parliament and statutory instruments as to:
Simon has many years’ experience of both bringing and defending claims against a wide range of professional disciplines including architects, engineers, surveyors and solicitors. His experience covers:
Simon has a number of years experience advising professionals and their insurers in connection with professional negligence claims often involving multiple parties across a number of jurisdictions. In particular Simon has dealt with claims involving architects, quantity surveyors / project managers engineers (civil / structural / geotechnical) main contractors, sub contractors and design and build contractors on claim values ranging from £50,000 to £100m.
As well as acting for insurers and construction professionals Simon has acted for employers, main contractors and sub-contractors in payment disputes (both interim and final), variation and defects claims, extension of time and loss and expense claims
He has significant experience of the Technology and Constructions Courts (Leeds / Manchester / Bristol and London) and is well versed in adjudication and arbitration and has conducted many mediations over the years both in a Claimant and Defendant capacity. Simon is familiar with the industry standard form contracts: JCT / FIDIC / RIBA / ACE / ICE / NEC etc.
Examples of the types of claims he has conducted include:
Professional Negligence Bar Association
North Eastern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
Direct Access Accredited
1995 University of Lancaster Law with Economics (2:1)
1996 College of Law Legal Practice Course (Commendation)
1998 Partner at DAC Beachcroft 2010 – 2016
“He tailors his approach to the particular circumstances. He has good commercial awareness and is a diligent and conscientious lawyer state clients” [Chambers and Partners]
“Simon Arnold handles disputes for a wide range of clients and their insurers and provides advice which is always in depth and cuts to the key issues of the case.” [Legal 500]
“…recommended for construction disputes on a national and international basis” [Legal 500]
“Dispute resolution specialist Simon Arnold is recognised for an impressive practice that often includes complex multiparty claims. Arnold is particularly noted for his defence of architects and engineers.” [Chambers and Partners]
“Simon Arnold is recommended for construction related matters” [Legal 500]
[note: quotes apply to previous practice as a solicitor]
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