Simon Allison > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers
180 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4A 2HG
England

Position

Simon is a specialist property practitioner. Described in The Legal 500 guide as an ‘excellent advocate’ and ‘one of the best barristers in the property field’, Simon relishes all forms of advocacy and is an experienced trial advocate. He is widely recognised as a specialist in leasehold management, forfeiture and service charge cases.

Simon is frequently instructed across the full range of real property disputes, including landlord and tenant, issues of adverse possession, restrictive covenants, land registration and easements. He regularly advises on a range of issues arising out of development agreements, including joint venture agreements, options and overage, as well as on issues at the intersection of property and insolvency law. Simon has advised and appeared in professional negligence claims connected to property transactions.

His clients include developers, land owners, financial institutions, leasehold management companies, ground rent investment companies, local authorities, Right to Manage companies, LPA receivers and surveyors.

Simon is favoured by solicitors for his practical common sense commercial advice; he is regularly instructed to represent clients at mediations and other forms of ADR.

Before coming to the Bar, Simon worked for 10 years providing (through his company) technical, design and production services to clients in the entertainment, film, corporate hospitality and motor industries, both in the UK and abroad. He has considerable commercial experience.

Memberships

  • Property Bar Association (Secretary)
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Dilapidations Association

Education

  • LLB Hons (University of London, Queen Mary College) – First Class
  • Bar Vocational Course (BPP, London) – Outstanding
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn) (2005)
  • Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn) (2004)
  • Dechert Company Law Prize (2004)
  • Drapers’ Company Prize for academic excellence (2003)

Leisure

Simon spends his spare time entertaining his children, ideally combining this with his interests in cycling, cars, collecting photography books and working on his house (a thatched former cow shed).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Simon AllisonLandmark ChambersSimon is an oracle when it comes to residential property. He is incredibly competent and never shies away from giving bold advice without sitting on the fence.

Landmark Chambers had another outstanding year and solidified themselves as a leading set for property litigation; boasting a wealth of experience from the more general landlord-tenant and real property issues, to the more specialist insolvency-related litigation, right to mange cases and Covid-19 rent arrears matters. The senior ranks were strengthened by Toby Watkin KC and Galina Ward KC taking silk, the only new property litigation silks in 2022. Tom Weekes KC acted for the appellants before the  Supreme Court in the high-profile Fearn v Trustees of the Tate Gallery case concerning the Tate Modern’s viewing gallery. Toby Watkin KC has acted for the real estate company in Annington Property Ltd v Ministry of Defence, one of the largest and most complex series of rent review arbitrations ever conducted. The sets strength in depth was illustrated in Firstport Property Services v Settlers Court RTM; where juniors Simon Allison, Kimberley Ziya and Rupert Cohen successfully represented the appellant in a landmark Supreme Court decision, shifting the law surrounding the right to manage with significant consequences for the government’s legislative proposals to the existing scheme. Justin Bates has developed an impressive specialism in leasehold disputes and the addition of Andy Creer from Gatehouse Chambers adds further telecoms expertise.