Simon Hilton is vastly experienced Counsel whose practice encompasses high value Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence cases, professional negligence, regulatory, Professional disciplinary and Inquests. Simon has been junior regional panel A counsel to the Crown since 2000.
Simon has appeared in many leading cases within these fields and his known for his skill in negotiation and advocacy. Simon acts for many leading insurance companies as well as NHS Trusts and many departments of government.
Year of call: 1987
Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
Regulatory and Enforcement
Simon has extensive experience of the Coroners’ Courts, appearing in cases involving industrial and mining accidents, deaths in custody and the Armed Forces, medical mishap/mismanagement, and deaths in social (and private) care. He recently represented the Home Office on the death of a detainee at an Immigration Detention Centre, and Sheffield City Council following the death of a child in care who fell from the roof of the Manchester Arndale centre.
His practise at the Bar incorporates clinical negligence, personal injury, regulatory and disciplinary work. He sits as a Recorder and is a longstanding member of the AG’s Treasury Panel for the Regions.
Oxford University, MA (English) 1981-84
Appointed Attorney General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional A Panel) - 2000 to date
Appointed Recorder - 2003 (Civil & Criminal jurisdictions)
McDonnell and McGeown v. Walker  EWCA 1257: Limitation appeal - commencement of second action post Horton v. Sadler.
Silcock v. HMRC  EWHC 3025: Mesothelioma - appeal under CPR Show Cause procedure.
Ibbotson v. Highways Authority and various  QBD (Unrep): Instructed by HA in £1.5M claim following trunk road accident.
Storm v. Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 2168: Judicial review - re-categorisation decision on life prisoner.
Bennett v. MOD  QBD (Unrep): Military helicopter crash; double fatality; £1M claim with complex aeronautical evidence.
Marritt v. Heaney  QBD (Unrep): Motorcycle accident; amputation of both legs.
McAvoy v. Railtrack  QBD (Unrep): Railway accident; electrocution; brain damage.
Nicholls v. MOD  QBD (Unrep): Overturned combat vehicle in Bosnia; severe arm injury.
Essomba v. Secretary of State for Home Department  EWHC 2300: Judicial review; fresh claim in asylum proceedings; Article 8 ECHR.
H v. Norwich Union  QBD (Unrep): Action to enforce payment under PHI policy; fibromyalgia.
Bullen Stomacare v. Liverpool & N Yorks PCTs  NHS Appeal Tribunal: Pharmaceutical regulations (drug tariffs); overpayments exceeding £1M to drug contractor; instructed by NHS.
Inquest into the death of Andrew Borketas : Instructed by MOD; infantry recruit drowned during training exercise at Catterick.
AB v Ministry of Justice 2014 EWHC 3934: Compensation for contravention of the Data Protection legislation
R v Sue Ryder Care: Prosecution under Section 3 HSWA following death in nursing home (positional asphyxia)
HSE v. British Nuclear Fuels Ltd: Prosecution under Section 2 HSWA - oil rig diver trapped underwater.
R v ESB Hotels Ltd. (2005) EWCA Crim 132: Double fatality following fire at Moat House Hotel;
HSE v British Polythene plc: Prosecutions under Ss 3&4 HSWA; production worker dragged into pallet-wrapping machine
HSE v Rainbow Waste Management Ltd: Management & PUWER regulatory prosecutions; fatal accident to Bobcat driver
HSE v Metal Innovations plc: Prosecution under HSWA & Management Regulations following mining fatality during construction work at National Mining Museum.
Care Quality Commission v Mother Redcaps Care Homes Ltd: Management of Medicines & Registered Manager charges brought under Health & Social Care Act 2008
HSE v Worsley Dry Dock Ltd: Prosecution under S2 HSWA following fatality during boat repairs at dry dock.
HSE v. George Wimpey (NE) Ltd: Prosecution under Section 2 HSWA following fatal accident caused by reversing lorry.
Greater Manchester Fire & Civil Defence Authority v. ESB Hotels Ltd  EWCA Crim 132: Prosecution under Section 7 Fire Precautions Act following fatal fire at Moat House Hotel in Bolton
R v. T H Clements Ltd: Carbon monoxide poisoning of farm workers.
HSE v. Realty Estates Ltd: Sprayed limpet asbestos insulation in a slaughter house.
GM Fire & Civil Defence Authority v. Salford MBC: Fire in primary school; prosecution under Fire Precautions Act
HSE v. PTE plc: Criminal prosecution following collapse of steel beam during construction of gymnasium.
HSE v. GMI Construction plc: Prosecution under Section 2; overturned dumper truck; catastrophic injury.
HSE v. Grinne (UK) Ltd: Prosecution under Section 3 HSWA and PUWER 1998; severe injury to farm worker - arm drawn into unguarded rotavator.
HSE v. Foster Farms: Prosecution under Section 2; catastrophic injury to farm worker falling through skylight.
HSE v. Grays Construction: Prosecution under Section 3; fall from scaffolding resulting in brain injury.
HSE v. Longslow Food Group Ltd: Prosecution under Section 3 following accident caused by failure to implement traffic management measures.
Environment Agency v. Realty Estates: Section 33 EPA prosecution; dumping controlled waste.
Environment Agency v. Haven plc: Section 33 EPA prosecution; contamination of river.
Macclesfield MBC v. S: Control of Asbestos Regulations; dutyholder offences (successfully defended on an abuse of process argument).
Gloucester BC v. Log Book Loans: Misleading advertising; prosecution under 2004 Advertisement Regulations.
North Lincolnshire BC v. HPAS Ltd: Unfair commercial practices; door-stepping by sales canvassers; prosecution under 2008 Regulations.
HSE v. Haven plc: Food Safety Act prosecutions (sell by dates).
Crorie v. Secretary of State for Home Department: Police Regulations 2003; construction of pay provisions for temporary Police Officers.