Simon practises in a broad range of matters in the areas of family, commercial, employment, and administrative law. Having a diverse litigation practice provides him with a strong understanding of the law, court-room advocacy, issues of evidence, and strategy. It also allows him a unique understanding of the intersections of different areas of the law. He appears both led and unled in state and federal courts and tribunals at all levels in both original and appellate matters.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Simon was a solicitor at a prominent family law firm in Melbourne. He regularly appears in interim hearings and trials in family law matters in both the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court. He also regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court and County Court in the related jurisdiction of intervention orders.
Simon has a particular interest in equitable disputes involving property and also disputes involving third parties in the courts’ accrued jurisdiction.
He is also briefed to prepare, give advice, and appear in disputes involving the construction, enforcement or setting aside of financial agreements and child support agreements.
He has given advice on and appeared in a wide variety of commercial matters including general contractual disputes, insurance-related matters, consumer law actions including misleading and deceptive conduct claims, domestic building, retail and residential leases, franchising, and insolvency.
Simon acts in disputes involving industries such as legal, health-care, pharmaceuticals, aged care, construction, personal services, and automotive.
Many of Simon’s matters have involved actions in equity including breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud, and breaches of trust. He has a particular interest in property-related disputes including equitable claims involving constructive, resulting trusts and estoppel. He has also acted in ancillary applications involving caveats, injunctions, and freezing orders. He has also appeared in proceeds of crime disputes at state and federal levels.
Simon is available to appear, draft and settle pleadings, and give advice.
Simon has advised and appeared for employers and employees at the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court, the Federal Court in disputes involving unfair dismissal, general protections, underpayments, and modern awards arising under the Fair Work Act 2009 and from the contract of employment.
He is also interested in actions related to the employment relationship including privacy, restraints of trade, breaches of confidential information and vicarious liability.
Public and administrative law
Simon has given advice and appeared for both government and private clients in administrative law disputes including those involving appeals and judicial reviews of decisions of government bodies, tribunals, and lower courts.
He acts in quasi-criminal proceedings including professional disciplinary actions in tribunals and other bodies involving clients who are legal, medical, or other professionals. He has acted for clients disputing administrative decisions regarding freedom of information applications, firearms applications, and Working with Children Checks.
Simon also has a practice in discrimination and human rights law and has appeared in and acted for clients involved in disputes in VCAT, the AAT, state and federal courts, and alternative dispute resolution processes in the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.
He also acts in immigration and citizenship matters in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court. He has been involved in a number of successful appeals in the Federal Court involving the Migration Act.
Simon strives to adopt a client-focused approach to litigation with a high level of technical knowledge and commerciality. He prides himself on understanding the personal and practical realities of his clients.
Simon is an accredited mediator and is available to mediate disputes in the areas of commercial, employment and family law.
He has a keen interest in the law and regularly conducts seminars and writes papers about a variety of topics. He was also a volunteer solicitor at Springvale Monash Legal Service for five years. He has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. He is also currently completing a Master of Laws. Simon is a sessional teaching associate at Monash University in property law.
Simon read with Judge Patrick O’Shannessy SC. His senior mentor is Geoffrey Dickson QC.