Simon Thomas - DAC Beachcroft
)
Simon Thomas

Simon specialises in complex litigation, contractual disputes and advising clients who have been the victims of fraud of their civil remedies (securing assets and valuable information by obtaining injunctions arising from the misuse of confidential information, breaches of restrictive covenants and the loss of data).

He has over 16 years’ experience advising clients across a range of sectors including financial services, telecoms and health. His key clients include Equifax (for whom he acts as the firm’s Client Relationship Partner), Quilter, Western Union and Zurich.

Simon works closely with clients to help them achieve a commercial resolution to any given dispute. Having spent time on various secondments, Simon appreciates both the demands on in-house counsel and the importance of providing clients with commercial, succinct and practical advice.

Relevant experience includes:

  • Acting many times as an independent supervising solicitor, appointed by the Court to explain to the respondent of a Search Order what it means in everyday language (usually having received the Order the previous day), supervising the applicant’s search of the premises and dealing with issues arising on the day. In TBD (Owen Holland) Limited v Andrew Simons & Ors [2020] EWHC 30 (Ch), the High Court Judge endorsed Simon’s actions as the Supervising Solicitor of a Search Order, describing his conduct as “sensible”, “pragmatic” and “appropriate”, faced with an "unworkable” key provision of the Search Order.
  • Successfully acting for Equifax in litigation in which the Court of Appeal – Keith Smeaton v Equifax Plc [2013] EWCA Civ 108 - agreed that a credit reference agency, such as Equifax, does not owe a common law duty to members of the public simply by choosing to operate a business by which they maintain and amend a credit file on virtually every adult in the UK.
  • Successfully acting for AXA on the preliminary issue of limitation, such that the High Court agreed that the claim was time-barred: Matthew Carroll v AXA Sun Life Services Pl [2010]EWHC 2233.
  • Advising a telecoms business facing a claim for damages of £7 million and the threat of injunctive relief. He successfully turned the situation around into a positive commercial settlement for the client by which it obtained further licence fees of £2 million and the smooth transition to an orderly termination of the contract involving many end users.
  • Regularly defending IFAs, appointed representatives and their principal firms in complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service and in court proceedings, including on behalf of insurers.

James Atkin (General Counsel – Europe, Equifax) said “We’ve been unfailingly impressed with your proactivity, solution-focus and 24/7 availability to resolve whatever we throw at you. There are hundreds of firms out there, but your dedication sets you apart. I don’t need you on speed dial – because I know you’re already in the room.”

James McClelland (Fountain Court) said I would single out Simon Thomas. He is an extremely talented and perceptive litigator with strong tactical judgment and a good client manner. He is calm, creative and client focussed and identifies pragmatic solutions when others might get lost in legal detail.”

Expertise

 

Other Lawyers by Expertise View All

Our Lawyers - Andrew Allan-Jones

Andrew Allan-Jones

Partner Bristol

Andrew Allan-Jones is a specialist intellectual property lawyer with a…

Our Lawyers - Guillermo Amunátegui Errázuriz

Guillermo Amunátegui Errázuriz

Partner Santiago de Chile

Guillermo leads the Corporate team in our Chile office…

Our Lawyers - Christopher Air

Christopher Air

Senior Associate Manchester

Chris specialises in non-contentious technology projects, commercial…

Our Lawyers - Geetika Bansal

Geetika Bansal

Senior Associate London - Walbrook

Geetika Bansal advises both public and private sector clients on all…

Our Lawyers - John Bramhall

John Bramhall

Partner London - Walbrook

John Bramhall has been involved in a wide range of international…

Our Lawyers - Jonathan Brogden

Jonathan Brogden

Partner London - Walbrook

Jonathan Brogden is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group.

Our Lawyers - Charlotte Burnett

Charlotte Burnett

Partner Leeds

Charlotte Burnett advises health sector organisations on a wide range of…

Our Lawyers - Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns

Associate Newcastle

Catherine acts for both private and public sector clients on a wide range…

Our Lawyers - Adam Burrell

Adam Burrell

Partner - Head of Costs Birmingham

Adam is a partner and head of the Costs product with overall…

Our Lawyers - Hannah Chapelhow

Hannah Chapelhow

Senior Associate Newcastle

Hannah Chapelhow is an associate commercial lawyer and specialises in…

Our Lawyers - Kay Chand

Kay Chand

Legal Director Leeds

Kay specialises in major and/or complex change and business transformation…

Our Lawyers - Shehana Cameron-Perera

Shehana Cameron-Perera

Solicitor London - Walbrook

Shehana is an associate specialising in advising clients across the…

Our Lawyers - Ioan Davies

Ioan Davies

Legal Director Leeds

Ioan Davies has been advising public and private sector clients since 2002…

Our Lawyers - Camila de la Torre

Camila de la Torre

Consultant Bogotá D.C

Camila de la Torre has extensive experience and knowledge in civil law, in…

Our Lawyers - Tim Dennis

Tim Dennis

Legal Director Newcastle

Tim Dennis is an Associate specialising in commercial disputes,…

Our Lawyers - Campbell Dye

Campbell Dye

Partner London - Walbrook

Campbell Dye acts for a wide range of commercial clients including…

Our Lawyers - John Darmody

John Darmody

Senior Associate Dublin

John specialises in corporate and commercial law…

Our Lawyers - Ceri Eaton

Ceri Eaton

Legal Director Bristol

Ceri Eaton is a financial services regulatory lawyer in our Bristol…

Our Lawyers - Ken Forsyth

Ken Forsyth

Partner London - Walbrook

Ken Forsyth is a partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution department

Our Lawyers - Phillip Fry

Phillip Fry

Consultant London - Walbrook

Phillip Fry specialises in contentious construction…

Our Lawyers - Clive Garston

Clive Garston

Consultant London - Walbrook

Clive Garston is a transactional lawyer with particular expertise in…

Our Lawyers - Lucy Grivvell

Lucy Grivvell

Senior Associate London - Walbrook

Lucy Grivvell acts for a wide range of commercial clients including FTSE…

Our Lawyers - Anne Harrison

Anne Harrison

Legal Director (Barrister) Bristol

Anne Harrison is a Legal Director (Barrister) in the Real Estate…

Our Lawyers - Aidan Healy

Aidan Healy

Legal Director Dublin

Aidan Healy joined DAC Beachcroft Dublin in 2014, after having trained and…

Our Lawyers - Charlotte Halford

Charlotte Halford

Senior Associate London - Walbrook

Charlotte is a Senior Associate sitting across DAC Beachcroft's Commercial…

Our Lawyers - Sarah Hopton

Sarah Hopton

Senior Associate Bristol

Sarah is a senior associate in the commercial and technology team, working…

Our Lawyers - Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Legal Director London - Walbrook

Andrew Johnston provides advice on a wide range of commercial and…

Our Lawyers - Prakash Kerai

Prakash Kerai

Partner London - Walbrook

Prakash Kerai supports organisations on their technology and commercial…

Our Lawyers - Anthony Lee

Anthony Lee

Consultant London - Walbrook

Anthony specialises in corporate law…

Our Lawyers - Jan Levinson

Jan Levinson

Partner Manchester

Jan specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular emphasis…

Our Lawyers - Harald Loeffler

Harald Loeffler

Partner Manchester

Harald deals with a variety of commercial disputes with particular…

Our Lawyers - David Manifould

David Manifould

Partner London - Walbrook

David specialises in company/commercial law including M&A and…

Our Lawyers - Alison Martin

Alison Martin

Legal Director Bristol

Alison specialises in advising the public and private sectors on all…

Our Lawyers - Rowena McCormack

Rowena McCormack

Partner Dublin

Rowena is a litigation specialist with considerable experience in dealing…

Our Lawyers - Mary Mundy

Mary Mundy

Senior Associate Leeds

Mary specialises in commercial law with a particular focus on public…

Our Lawyers - Sarah Meehan

Sarah Meehan

Associate Dublin

Sarah is an associate with the Corporate and Commercial team in Dublin…

Our Lawyers - Michael Peeters

Michael Peeters

Partner Leeds

Michael has experience in a wide variety of technology law areas including…

Our Lawyers - Alan Pratt

Alan Pratt

Partner Bristol

Alan is a partner advising on commercial, technology & data matters…

Our Lawyers - Chloe Postlethwaite

Chloe Postlethwaite

Associate Glasgow

Chloe specialises in real estate litigation and leads our real estate…

Our Lawyers - Gary Rice

Gary Rice

Partner Dublin

Gary is an experienced regulatory, information and commercial law…

Our Lawyers - Mathew Rutter

Mathew Rutter

Partner London - Walbrook

Mathew has experience of a wide range of regulatory issues as they affect…

Our Lawyers - Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Partner London - Walbrook

Tim Ryan is a Partner and Head of our national TMT team…

Our Lawyers - Bridget Salaman

Bridget Salaman

LLP Group Secretary Manchester

Bridget is the LLP Group Secretary of DAC Beachcroft LLP and supports the…

Our Lawyers - Christopher Stoate

Christopher Stoate

Senior Associate Bristol

Christopher advises insolvency practitioners, lenders and creditors on all…

Our Lawyers - Carol Sumner

Carol Sumner

Consultant London - Walbrook

Carol specialises in commercial contract and procurement advice on IT,…

Our Lawyers - Giles Taylor

Giles Taylor

Consultant Bristol

Giles has more than 20 years' experience advising the public and private…

Our Lawyers - Dr Alexandra von Westernhagen

Dr Alexandra von Westernhagen

Consultant London - Walbrook

Alexandra has been advising on competition and state aid law questions for…

Our Lawyers - Richard Watkinson

Richard Watkinson

Partner Leeds

Richard specialises in technology and commercial matters and transactions…

Our Lawyers - Louise Watson-Jones

Louise Watson-Jones

Legal Director Newcastle

Louise specialises in commercial law and governance matters…