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Simon Allen

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Slater & Gordon

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Personal injury.


Simon is national paractice group leader, personal injury, Slater & Gordon Lawyers; this is the largest department in the firm, with over 200 staff; Simon has continued to perform the role of regional equity partner for the North East of England, the managing partner of the Sheffield office and is a member of the firm’s national executive. Additionally, he runs the occupational disease group and is the personal injury department’s leading employers’ liability lawyer; externally, Simon has lectured regularly on the CPIL course – maximising damages – and on asbestos issues and fatal accidents, as well as to local universities and trade unions; Simon provided the substantial employers’ liability and disease chapter for the APIL ‘Practice and Procedure Manual’, published in November 2005 and subsequent annual updates; he is also a contributing editor to Kemp & Kemp’s ‘Practice and Procedure’, launched in October 2005, providing four chapters, including the Occupational Disease chapter, and annual updates; he maintains his position as a PI panel assessor. Recently he has recommenced providing the regular ‘PI update’ for the ‘Law Society Gazette’.


Articled Favell & Smith Sheffield; qualified 1985; Brian Thompson & Partners, Sheffield 1985-89 (partner from 1987); Russell Jones & Walker 1989; partner 1990; publications: regular contributor to legal press inter alia; PMILL; New Law Journal; Solicitors Journal; Personal Injury Law Journal; author, The Personal Injury update for Law Society Gazette 1996 to 2008 and 2010 to date; Journal of Personal Injury Law; Sweet & Maxwell Guide to PTSD Claims; frequent lecturer on aspects of PI litigation; appointed as Personal Injury Panel Assessor 2000; co-author of APIL’s book on Damages in PI claims, published 2004 and updated 2008 and 2013. Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Sheffield Law Society, ATLA.


PI Panel assessor; APIL; Sheffield Law Society.


De la Salle College, Sheffield; Leicester Polytechnic.


Family, photography (, studying Italian, Manchester United supporter.

Practice Areas

Health and safety; Personal injury - claimant

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