Mr Simon Whitfield > Exchange Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

Work Department

Construction; Commercial; Professional Negligence; Insolvency


Simon was called to the Bar in 2009 having previously been a partner at international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. His experience at a leading law firm gives him a unique insight into cases, and he adopts a practical, pragmatic, commercial approach.

His commercial practice includes contractual disputes, interpretation of contractual provisions, sale of goods, injunctive relief and enforcement of judgments.

Highly regarded for his construction practice, he advises on all aspects of the process from procurement through the whole project life-cycle. He has experience of the traditional standard forms of contract, bespoke agreements, PFI and PPP. He is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator.

Allied to his construction work, Simon frequently acts for and against professionals in professional negligence claims. He also undertakes insolvency work covering both corporate and personal insolvency.

Simon is a recognised expert on non-domestic (or business) rating law.  He regularly appears in Magistrates’ Courts on contested liability order applications as well as in the High Court on appeals – either by way of case stated or judicial review.

A keen supporter of ADR, Simon has acted for clients in many mediations, expert determinations and early neutral evaluations. He also accepts appointments as a mediator.

Simon regularly lectures on up to date legal issues to clients and to students on the Bar Professional Training Course. He is also licensed to accept instructions on a direct access basis.


Solicitor 1992; Called to the Bar 2009


  • The Northern Circuit
  • The Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
  • The Chancery Bar Association
  • Technology and Construction Bar Association National Committee Member
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Technology and Construction Court Users Group Committee Member


  • BA (Law), Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, 1989. (MA, 1991)
  • Law Society Finals, Chester College of Law (1990)
  • Hong Kong SAR PRC, Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination (2003)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Whitfield – Exchange Chambers ‘Mr Whitfield has exceptional skills in giving oral and written advice as well as drafting. He is extremely prompt in responding to requests for advice and drafting, even with very short deadlines.’

At Exchange Chambers, the team’s workload includes public and private rights of way, highways and planning cases, disputes concerning registered land and conveyancing, and easements and boundaries issues. Andrew Williams specialises in real estate litigation; David Fearon and Simon Whitfield are key contacts in the group for construction and engineering disputes; and Lawrence McDonald is sought after for his expertise in handling disputes concerning rights to light, adverse possession, boundaries, and restrictive covenants. Brynmor Adams is also a key name and his practice mainly focuses on residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters.