Simon Browne KC > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers


Simon is an experienced counsel, be it in the fields of commercial costs and litigation funding, catastrophic brain and spinal injury, and related areas of sports law, clinical negligence, insurance, and professional negligence and professional regulation.

In addition to dealing with costs in commercial litigation and advising on litigation funding, Simon has a formidable reputation regarding costs in Group Litigation, be it for the claimant group or defendants. He has advised and conducted advocacy in the Civil Phone Hacking litigation concerning News of the World and the Mirror Group, the Construction Industry Vetting Litigation, The Truck Cartel Claims in the Competition Tribunal, the Sub-Postmaster claims against the Post Office, the Iraqi Civilian Claims against the MoD, the Grenfell Inquiry, and the Hillsborough Misfeasance Claims.

Simon also has extensive experience of catastrophic injury and clinical negligence claims. In 2020 he was shortlisted for personal injury / clinical negligence barrister of the year. He is much sought after by both Claimants and Defendants which is due to his expertise in brain and spinal injury claims. He has been instructed in a number of high-profile cases for both claimants and insurance clients regarding both domestic and international incidents, each often valued in excess of £10 million.

He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator.


Call: 1982, Silk: 2011


Barrister Assessor in the High Court
(2007 to date)
Appointed by the Lord Chancellor to sit as a Barrister Assessor in the High Court on Appeals

Chairman of Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service
(2013 to 2018)
Appointed to sit as chairman of the barrister disciplinary tribunals

Costs Committee of the Civil Justice Council
(2013 to date)
Appointed by the Master of the Rolls to sit as a member of the Civil Justice Council

Joint Tribunal of the Bar Council and the Law Society
(2013 to date)
Appointed by the General Council of the Bar to sit as a barrister representative on the Joint Tribunal

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Browne KC39 Essex ChambersHas the confidence of judges and his air of authority is persuasive.

39 Essex Chambers strengthened its position as one of the leading sets for costs law with its recruitment of renowned costs litigation silk Simon Browne KC in December 2021. His is a name associated with the most high-profile contentious cost cases of the past ten years and his addition bolsters a set that already had a notable forte in cost aspects of group litigation, an area of increasing popularity in the legal market. Vikram Sachdeva KC is another costs silk at chambers and has expertise in commercial costs, disciplinary costs, and costs in public law. He acted for the claimant in R (Raqeeb) v Barts Health NHS Trust, a follow-on from the high-profile litigation concerning the continued provision of care to a brain-damaged child, dealing with the question as to whether common costs can be recovered for a judicial review (for which there is a costs order) where a best interests case was being run concurrently. Shaman Kapoor recently acted for the claimant in in Patel v Karmakar, a dispute between solicitors concerning repayment of an outstanding loan which was advanced against work in progress. The case represents an important development of principle in the law on solicitors acting in their own cases and the rate of recovery for their work. Nicola Greaney focuses her costs work within her areas of strength: professional discipline and court of protection, clinical negligence and personal injury.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Browne KC39 Essex ChambersSimon is a go-to silk for serious personal injury work.’

39 Essex Chambers is described as being ‘one of the top personal injury sets’ and the team frequently acts on complex, maximum severity matters. Its strength was bolstered significantly in 2021 by the addition of four barristers, including Simon Browne KC, who carries consistently impressive work acting on severe brain and spinal injury cases of high-value and complexity, a recent example of which being his leading for the defendant public house in Kinder v The Cricketers Arms, a case concerning an allegedly inebriated pub customer who, after walking through the door the cellar, fell down steps and resultantly became tetraplegic and is claiming multi-millions in damages; the case involves novel areas of licensing law. Another recent addition to the team, Nina Goolamali KC is described as ‘impeccable’ in this practice area and has particular expertise in personal injury cases in a sports context, whilst the ‘formidable’ Charles Cory-Wright KC is noteworthy for his high-value and frequently cross-jurisdictional catastrophic work. At the junior end, Michael Standing is developing a strong traumatic brain injury practice.