Simon Jones > BLM > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile
42 KING STREET WEST
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Simon Jones specialises in large traumatic injury claims, large traumatic employers and public liability claims and industrial disease, including upper-limb disorder, occupational asthma and dermatitis. In addition he has considerable experience of handling chronic pain cases. He is a member of a number of special interest groups, including occupational disease, transport and retail. In addition Simon is a member of a number of external organisations. Simon took the case of Booth v Britannia Hotels to the Court of Appeal in 2002 and the case of Guntripp v Cheney Coaches in 2012, an authority which confirmed the possibility of adverse costs consequences for claimants exaggerating their claim for financial gain. Simon manages a team of 30 in the firm’s Manchester office. Simon has handled two cases which are Court of Appeal authorities. Booth v Brittania Hotels, Court of Appeal 2002, underlined the concept that exaggeration can, in certain circumstances, be implied by reference to a settlement figure as compared to the stated value of a case. The claimant has been awarded a percentage of her costs after settling for a vastly reduced sum because of recently disclosed surveillance evidence. The Appeal Court held that the judge conducting the assessment of costs should have considered the matter in the round to determine whether the costs were reasonable having regard to the amount for which the claim properly should have been made.
Articled James Chapman & Co 1988-90; partner 1993; Berrymans Lace Mawer since 1998; partner 2002. He writes regularly for internal and external publications and has presented seminars on occupational disease and issues affecting the transport and retail sectors. He is one of the editors of ‘Retail Review’.
Council member of Manchester and District Medico Legal Society; member of Manchester Law Society.
North Staffordshire Polytechnic (LLB Hons Law 2.1); College of Law, Chester.
Private pilot’s licence, MG classic cars, skiing, walking, aviation, Lancashire Aero Club and LAC Flying Club.
BLM‘s defendant clinical negligence practice is known for its expertise in delay of diagnosis of cancer claims, surgical claims (particularly neurosurgery), wrongful birth, brain injury claims, dental negligence and ophthalmic treatments. Sarah Woodwark heads the practice. Chris Dexter is particularly recommended for claims in a prison healthcare context. The firm’s personal injury department handles occupational disease claims, catastrophic injury, abuse claims, and employers’ liability claims. The department has a dedicated motor practice. Jonathan Clay, Joanne Francis, Simon Jones and Stuart Furniss head the team, which also includes Ruth Graham, Andrew Kerr, David Spencer and Lauren Gosnell, as well as ‘thorough and clever‘ associate Nicola Overmire.
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