Simon is the branch manager for Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle and Leeds offices.
Leading more than 120 staff – who make up specialist teams dealing with cases involving personal injury, employment rights, professional misconduct and criminal work – Simon ensures that a quality, customer-focused service is delivered to all Thompsons’ clients in the North East and Yorkshire.
Simon is passionate about the work Thompsons does to protect workers’ rights and to pursue claims which other firms might be reluctant to take on.
First joining Thompsons in 1999 as a personal injury lawyer, dealing with accidents, serious injuries and fatalities, Simon then went on to become a specialist litigator in industrial diseases such as hand-arm vibration syndrome, work-related upper limb disorders, noise-induced hearing loss and asbestos-related diseases.
In 2011, Simon was appointed as a branch manager, undertaking a number of management roles for the firm in the North West, before returning to Yorkshire to take up his current role in May 2015.
Simon is proud of the fantastic work Thompsons does to support the injured, discriminated and those at risk of losing their liberty and livelihoods.
As well as being a trade unionist, Simon is a member of the Labour Party and the Campaign for Real Ale and enjoys taking part in running and cycling races and triathlons (most of them slowly).
SIMON’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Mesothelioma claim: Simon’s client was diagnosed with mesothelioma after being negligently exposed to asbestos while working as a coach builder.
Using his skills and experience, Simon worked quickly to secure £100,000 for his client, a sum that was recovered within a year of the diagnosis.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome claim: After his client developed hand arm vibration syndrome at work, Simon initiated a claim and recovered compensation of £140,000 for his client.
The sum was one of the highest awards in a claim for hand arm vibration syndrome.
Simon is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
The daughter of one of Simon’s former clients said: “Simon has been very helpful, knowledgeable and sensitive during a very difficult time. I would like you to pass on my sincere thanks for all his assistance and sensitivity both to my father and myself.”