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Simon Myerson QC

Call 1986 • QC 2003

"Simon Myerson QC has a heavyweight civil fraud, defamation and disciplinary practice."
(Legal 500 2011)

Simon Myerson QC has been consistently recognised as a leader in the profession by the major guides.

Clinical Negligence

Simon has regularly acted for Claimants, Hospital Trusts and doctors.

Selected Cases

  • M v Calderdale & Kirklees Health Authority – Health Authority’s delegation of care of patient under S1 NHS Act 1977.
  • Bancroft v Harrogate Health Authority – Causation in cervical cancer.
  • Burke v Leeds HA – What constitutes negligent advice in clinical care.

Commercial

Simon is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation and has developed his junior practice in silk.

Selected Cases

  • Dixon v S & N – Construction of Beer Order in a case in which the issue was whether the tenant had breached the terms of his tenancy agreement. First time the order had been the subject of judicial consideration.
  • Abbey Archway v Cooper – Construction of an option agreement for the sale of land in which there were 2 such options, both of which the Claimant purported to exercise and in respect of which the Defendant alleged undue influence.
  • Flowrite v Masternaut – £1,000,000 claim for breach of contract resulting from a failure to pay for goods supplied, the Defendant claiming that the goods were unfit for purpose.
  • Garforth Residential v Leeds City Council – Claim against local authority for failure to pay block grant involving construction of the National Assistance Act 1948.
  • TNT v Somerfield Stores – Claim for loss of profits where extension of contract was conditional upon minimum sales figure being reached. Issue of whether figure was reached and whether, if not, the failure was manipulated by the Defendant.

Professional Liability

Simon mainly deals with cases involving solicitors, barristers and accountants, often when professionals acts together to administer an estate or as part of a tax planning exercise. He has also acted in cases involving architects and surveyors.

Simon acts regularly for firms of solicitors being investigated by the SRA. He has advised other professions as diverse as accountants and probation officers, and has advised on the wording of professional rules and guidance, and the setting up of disciplinary proceedings. He has represented numerous police officers via the Police Federation. In December 2010 he completes a 6 year stint on the BSB Conduct Committee and will then be able to resume taking instructions for Barristers.

Selected Cases

  • Del Grosso v Payne & Payne – Claim against solicitors for negligent advice regarding the purchase of a club.
  • Singer v James Hay – Claim by beneficiary of pension fund against pension trustees, solicitor and accountants regarding pension planning and purchase of annuity.
  • Seddon v Egan – Acted for solicitor in a claim by client alleging failure to adequately advise on £3m deal to sell commercial site subject to conditions.
  • Bichard Inquiry – Acted for the Humberside Police Federation in the Inquiry into the Soham murders and made successful representations regarding comments in the Report.
  • Alder Inquiry – Represented police officers in the IPCC inquiry into the death of Christopher Alder.
  • Cross Border – Represented 3 officers charged with various offences arising from the Cross-Border investigation.
  • Re H Probation Service – Advised Probation Service as to disciplinary routes open regarding officer who had failed to complete an adequate OASYS assessment with catastrophic results.

Qualifications


  • Qualified Mediator (2009)
  • Recorder (2001)
  • Standing Counsel Inland Revenue (2000)
  • Attorney General’s Provincial List (1992)

Memberships


  • HSLA

Recommendations


“In a strong vote of confidence in his abilities, his clients include legal professionals themselves accused of fraud.”

Chambers & Partners 2012

“Simon Myerson QC has a heavyweight civil fraud, defamation and disciplinary practice.”

Legal 500 2011

“Very user-friendly and high-quality. He handles serious crime, criminal and civil fraud, regulatory work and commercial and professional negligence.”

Chambers & Partners 2010

“A fantastic and cerebral advocate, who is often involved in appellate work”.

Chambers & Partners 2009

“Expertly mines the civil fraud / professional negligence territory.”

Legal 500 2009

“Bridges the commercial-civil fraud border with aplomb.”

Legal 500 2008


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