Admitted: May 1989
Phone: +64 3 365 8566
Mobile: +64 27 2017245
P.O. Box 3180
Simon has represented clients in major cases before all the New Zealand Courts over the last 29 years. This has included a large number of appearances before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Simon’s approach to litigation is focussed on effective solutions which advance and protect the interests of his clients. He is committed to clear communication with his clients at every stage of their case.
Simon initially practised as a general practitioner gaining extensive experience in residential and commercial property transactions and business sales and purchases, in addition to litigation. This extensive and broad-based background has played a large part in his litigation successes. It adds a layer of depth to his ability to assist in the resolution of disputes arising in the context of commercial and residential transactions and relationship property disputes.
Simon has links with a large number of experts in fields such as accounting, engineering, building, taxation, private investigation and forensic science. Consequently, he is able to engage these experts to assist his client in any case he is involved with.
Simon continues to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial, insolvency and civil litigation. Examples of his experience in commercial/civil litigation are:
- McEvoy v McEvoy & Costelloe Trustee Services Limited (HC Christchurch CIV 2007-409-2946, 22 May 2008) – constructive trust.
- Kwon and Jo v BNZ (HC Christchurch CIV 2009-409-002562, 25 November 2009) – injunction restraining mortgagee sale.
- Corbans Viticulture Limited v Waihopai Valley Management Limited & Ors (HC Blenheim CIV 2010-406-000046, 2010-2016) - breach of contract / unjust enrichment / negligence / quantification of loss.
- Westpac New Zealand Limited v Christchurch Residential Rentals Limited (HC Christchurch, CIV 2016-409-1073, 2017) – complex mortgagee sale and caveat issues.
- Christchurch Residential Rentals Limited v Stanton (HC Christchurch, CIV 2015-409-533, 2018) – complex contractual and unjust enrichment dispute, obtaining specific performance of 13 sale and purchase agreements.
Simon has represented the accused in a large number of serious trials, including those involving charges of murder, serious violence, sexual, fraud and drug related offending. He also appears for those prosecuted by the Inland Revenue Department, the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Economic Development.
In addition, Simon appears regularly before the Appellate Courts in the criminal jurisdiction. Recent examples of his appearances at Supreme Court level are R v Stewart  NZSC 53 and R v Hart  NZSC 91.
Family and Relationship Property Law
Simon has undertaken a wide range of work in the area of family law generally and specifically in negotiation and litigation of significant relationship property matters. This has been at all Court levels, including the Supreme Court, for example a leading relationship property case, B v B  NZSC 71. These cases often involve resolution of issues involving family trusts, prenuptial agreements and family companies.
For example M v M (HC Christchurch CIV-2014-409-000701, 2016-2017) - successful relationship property appeal to High Court.
He also advocates and advises in relation to relocation of children, an example is C v A (HC Christchurch, CIV2004-409-001998, 28 April 2005)
Other Legal Experience
Locally, Simon has tutored law at the University of Canterbury and served on the litigation committee and costs revision committee of the (then) Canterbury District Law Society. He continues to assist the Canterbury Westland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society as a costs advisor and Editor of the Local New Zealand Law Society publication.
Simon appeared in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Building Failures Caused by the Canterbury Earthquakes as counsel for affected parties.
He assists the New Zealand Law Society and New Zealand Bar Association in drafting submissions on their behalf to Parliamentary Select Committees and the Law Commission in relation to proposed changes to the Law.
Nationally, Simon is a member of the teaching faculty of the New Zealand Law Society litigation skills course which teaches less experienced lawyers Court skills.
Internationally, Simon is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers, which is based in the United Kingdom.