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Simon Goacher

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Weightmans LLP

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Local government and police.


Head of the local government practice. Simon has worked in-house for local government for 16 years. He has extensive experience advising on social care and housing issues. He has led on significant projects including an innovative housing stock transfer at Wirral Council and on the promotion of a private Act of Parliament. He was awarded the title of Local Government Young Solicitor of the Year in 2006. As Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer at Wirral Council, Simon was the lead legal adviser for key projects including regeneration schemes in New Brighton and Birkenhead. In 2009, he was appointed Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer of the newly created Cheshire West and Chester Council. This involved the creation of a single authority from four councils. The council’s legal service was shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and highly commended in the Municipal Journal Awards in 2011. The council was short listed for the Local Government Chronicle Award for Corporate Governance in 2013. Simon led on the innovative programme of corporate governance training which formed the basis of the submission. Simon has been a member of the projects boards for a number of major projects including the creation of Council owned companies, as well as significant outsourcing and regeneration projects.


Trained Wirral Borough Council, qualified 1996. Bath and North East Somerset Council (1996-2002); senior legal adviser Wirral Council (2002-09); solicitor, deputy monitoring officer, acting monitoring officer, head of legal and member services. Cheshire West and Chester Council (2009-13) head of legal and democratic services.


ACSeS (Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors).


Preston Comprehensive School, Yeovil, Somerset; University of the West of England (LLB Hons 1992); University of Chester (MBA 2011).


Football, cricket, rugby (all now watching rather than playing), reading, theatre, cinema, music.

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Weightmans LLP  has a number of excellent practitioners including Simon Goacher  and Richard Jolly, who are both based in Liverpool, and Birmingham-based Tony Yeaman . The team advises on a broad range of welfare, health and property issues for a significant number of local authorities, NHS trusts and private health and social providers. The team acted for a North West based NHS Foundation trust in an application for an urgent declaration for serious medical treatment in relation to a patient who was detained under the Mental Health Act. The patient was pregnant and was no longer cooperating with her antenatal care. The trust determined that it would be in her best interest to undertake a caesarean section at 37 weeks. The court granted this order declaring that it was lawful for the trust to provide delivery by caesarean section.

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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Simon Goacher, who is based in Liverpool, heads a team at Weightmans LLP that 'always provides that extra touch without charging for every minute that they spend assisting a client.' Some of the other key members of the team include Clive Bleasdale in Liverpool and Mark Leach in Manchester. Senior associate Morris Hill, who heads up the social care team in the North West, is noted for being 'very pragmatic, sensible and effective.' The team handles matters ranging from regeneration projects, large-scale employment work and the restructuring of service provision to devolution matters. It is acting for Liverpool City Council on a £1bn redevelopment project and on the contentious side is represented Rochdale Borough Council as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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