Simon O'Dwyer > Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC
Crown Office Chambers


Simon is a specialist personal injury barrister who practises exclusively in multi-track personal injury work acting for both claimants and defendants; undertaking the full spectrum of personal injury claims. He has developed an extensive, nationwide practice and accepted an invitation to join Crown Office Chambers in 2019. Simon appeared in one of the first cases where a finding of fundamental dishonesty was made and has successfully achieved such findings on numerous occasions at trial since.

In addition to his personal injury practice, Simon also undertakes costs work. Frequently appearing in both the County Court and the Senior Courts Costs Office often acting in cases concerning new arguments in respect of the application of Qualified One Way Costs Shifting both in terms of exceptions to QOCS (strike out/fundamental dishonesty) and enforceability of standard orders against damages. He has wide ranging experience of arguments surrounding the application of fixed costs in cases pre-allocation and in circumstances where the claimant has unreasonably valued a claim in excess of £25,000 so as to avoid entering the Protocol for Low Value Claims.


Call 2010




LLB (Hons) University of Bristol; BVC (Outstanding) 1st in Order of Merit; Harmsworth Scholarship Middle Temple, Kalisher Scholarship

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With ‘a great spread of senior and junior counsel’, Crown Office Chambers is a ‘go-to set for health and safety work and inquests due to its impressive showing and availability of truly specialist counsel’. Chambers is also well-known for its ‘excellence in construction and engineering cases’, has strength in depth for insurance work, and ‘a formidable reputation in the professional negligence arena’. Isabel Hitching and Daniel Shapiro took silk in 2019 and chambers has been further strengthened by the arrival of Paul Higgins from Deans Court Chambers and Simon O’Dwyer from Old Square Chambers. Under the leadership of ‘standout’ and ‘extremely responsive’ senior managing clerk Andy Flanagan, the ‘top notch’ clerks’ room is ‘business savvy and knows how to manage instructing solicitors’ expectations’. Senior insurance and professional liability clerk Steve Purse has ‘changed the professional indemnity market’s perception of the set’; Purse ‘runs a tight ship’ and solicitors ‘can be confident of receiving a responsive service no matter whether the case is being handled by a QC or a pupil’. Solicitors also praise the ‘excellent‘ senior commercial, construction, and energy clerk Chris Sunderland.  ‘Pragmatic’ senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow is ‘is simply fantastic’, ‘going out of his way to make things run smoothly’; ‘he builds genuine relationships with solicitors which makes it really easy to pick up the phone and discuss the best counsel for particular cases’. Senior clinical negligence and personal injury clerk James Wilkinson ‘has been a very good acquisition’ to the team. Meanwhile, Greg Frewin and Matt Solari are ‘extremely efficient and offer a Grade A service at all times’, and Sam Barrett is ‘very reliable and an asset to chambers’. Offices in: London

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Simon O’DwyerCrown Office ChambersGreat at explaining complex legal issues to lay clients.