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Frederick Simpson

Call 2018

Frederick is developing his practice across chambers’ core areas, with a particular focus on construction, insurance, property damage and product liability. He is regularly instructed to provide advice and representation in the Small Claims Track and Fast Track, both at first instance and on appeal, and as part of a team of barristers in the Multi-Track. He has a broad range of experience having appeared in his own right in the County Court and marshalled in both the High Court (TCC) and Court of Appeal and is comfortable with all forms of ADR including adjudication, mediation and joint settlement meetings.

Frederick read Philosophy at Cambridge. Prior to qualifying as a barrister he spent seven years in the British Army as an infantry officer and was awarded the Irish Guards’ ‘Best Junior Officer’ sword. As a student barrister he won the Debating Shield at Lincoln’s Inn and went on to teach debating to schoolchildren whilst completing his studies.

In appropriate cases Frederick provides advice or representation pro bono as part of the Bar’s Advocate scheme.

Construction & Engineering

Frederick is familiar with standard form contracts and the various statutory provisions including the Defective Premises Act 1972, the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts.

During pupillage he became familiar with the adjudication process and completed the TECBAR marshalling scheme in the TCC during which he observed trials concerning the importation of the Scheme and liability for a defective sewage treatment plant.

Selected Cases

  • (In pupillage) advising on, and settling pleadings in respect of, a claim by a main contractor against various sub-contractors under a JCT D&B standard form contract, with collateral guarantees, for losses of £250,000 allegedly caused by negligent advice and design. In addition to the central issues there were questions of limitation and the allocation of responsibilities between sub-contractors.
  • (In pupillage) advising on the status of premises developed under an informal ‘Development Agreement’. The dispute concerned the effect of the agreement and in particular whether a partnership had been created.
  • (In pupillage) informally advising on a proposed adjudication under a Pre-Contractual Services Agreement, where the intended JCT D&B main contract had never been concluded, in respect of entitlement to an extension of time and additional payments for increased costs and loss of profit.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Frederick is familiar with contracts of insurance and re-insurance and with the operation of the Insurance Act 2015. He has experience of advising on coverage and compliance with policy terms in a variety of disputes.

Selected Cases

  • Advising (in pupillage) on coverage in respect of the public liability aspect of a combined policy where a trespasser had suffered personal injury on the insured premises.
  • Drafting a Defence (in pupillage) to a claim under a worldwide travel insurance policy for medical expenses of £7,000. The case raised issues of coverage and compliance with policy terms.
  • Drafting a Defence (in pupillage) to a claim under a commercial combined policy for damages of £245,000 caused by a flood in which the principal issue was the proper presentation of the risk.
  • Drafting a Defence (in pupillage) to a claim for a declaration in respect of coverage under a commercial property policy for losses exceeding £200,000 caused by a defective sprinkler system. The case raised issues of coverage and compliance with policy terms.
  • Advising (in pupillage) in respect of a £6m claim under a contractors’ policy in which the principal issue was compliance with the terms of a ‘hot works’ exclusion.


In addition to the specific areas identified above, Frederick is regularly instructed on commercial disputes more generally including matters relating to breach of contract, sale and supply of goods and services, bailment and credit hire.

Professional Liability

Frederick is developing a professional liability practice, building on experience gained in pupillage in respect of clinical negligence, solicitors’ negligence, accountants’ negligence and construction professionals’ negligence.

He is currently instructed in a multi-million pound claim concerning allegedly negligent tax-planning advice, led by Ben Quiney QC and Carlo Taczalski.

Property Damage

Frederick welcomes instructions in property damage matters in which he has a broad practice spanning advice, pleadings and representation. During pupillage and in his own right he has gained experience of claims concerning tree root encroachment, fallen trees and their maintenance, arson damage, road traffic accidents, negligent building work and similar matters.

Product Liability

Frederick is developing his practice in this area. He has experience of claims in respect of defective products and the operation of the Sale of Goods Act 1979, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987 in this regard. He is familiar with the issues presented by parties located overseas, both within and outside of the EU.

Personal Injury

Frederick has a broad personal injury practice. During pupillage he assisted with a number of high value stress at work claims and he has broad experience of his own in respect of injuries resulting from road traffic accidents, contaminated food, accidents at work and similar matters. He is comfortable advising, drafting pleadings and providing representation at hearings, mediations and joint settlement meetings.




  • BPTC (University of Law)
  • GDL (University of Law)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Debating Shield, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • ‘Best Junior Officer’ Sword, Irish Guards
  • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – Commissioning Course
  • MA Philosophy (Cantab)
  • Academic Scholar, Christ’s College Cambridge



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