Simon Walsh

Simon Walsh

An experienced commercial disputes lawyer with extensive international experience
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EXPERTISE

Specialising in commercial litigation, international arbitration and mediation, I advise a wide range of English and US public and private companies, partnerships, directors, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. I have broad sector and industry expertise, and have successfully resolved contract disputes ranging from the quality of bread rolls to the implementation of complex IT systems as well as sensitive shareholder and partnership disputes.

I take clients from challenge to resolution, including undertaking pre and post-dispute contract reviews, dispute resolution clauses and arbitration agreements. I also help clients to implement systems that proactively minimise the risk of disputes, which can save a vast amount of time and money.

KEY EXPERIENCE

  • High Court and County Court litigation
  • Arbitration, including cross-border and multi-jurisdictional case
  • Shareholder and boardroom disputes
  • IT and engineering disputes
  • Defending a leading compressor manufacturer in a £9 million claim for breach of contract that included an eight-week High Court trial
  • Acted for three African banks claiming $40 million in an ICC arbitration arising out of a failed major software project. Defended claims for fees and damages
  • Defending a significant Scandinavian company in an Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration arising out of a failed joint venture in Pakistan
  • Represented the claimant in a £1 million breach of warranty claim arising out of an agreement for the acquisition of an airflow measurement device business
  • Advised various shareholders and directors on deadlocked companies, breaches of shareholders’ agreements, unfair prejudice claims and directors’ duties.
  • Sole counsel for the European master franchisor is a sports retailer, we advised it on the negotiation of new franchises and disputes with franchisees as well as the licensing of rights when it changed its business model away from franchising

IN GENERAL

  • Governor, and member of the Academy Trust, at The Marlborough Science Academy
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 15 October 1999
  • BA (Hons) from Exeter University
  • Common Professional Examination at the University of Westminster
  • Legal Practice Course at the College of Law

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Legal 500 - Rising Star 2021
One interviewee reports that he is an excellent litigator: tenacious and indefatigable in pursuing his client’s interests.
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30 day challenge in aid of Refuge

SA Law is delighted to be taking part in the Junior Lawyer Divisions' 30 day team challenge to walk or run 500 miles to raise funds for Refuge.

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Legal 500 - Top Tier 2021
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SA Law thank clients for exceptional feedback in Chambers & Partners

SA Law achieves recognition for four of its teams, as well as for six individual lawyers in the 2021 Chambers & Partners research.

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SA Law celebrates outstanding Legal 500 result

SA Law continue to be applauded for commitment, technical abilities and excellence in client care in the 2021 Legal 500.

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Congratulations to SA Law’s newly promoted team members

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Simon Walsh to Partner, Clare Mackay to Senior Associate and Victoria Thomson to Associate.

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COVID19 and the new outlook for insolvency legislation

A look at the temporary and permanent measures under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill 2019-2021 that aims to reduce the Covid-19 pandemic’s…

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Rectification: The view from the boundary

What anyone who provides their services through a corporate entity or who is entering into follow on agreements based on previous terms can learn from…

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Covid Law in Action

Insolvency: What lengths the government will go to protect businesses from the economic impact of the pandemic.

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If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be a travel photographer
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An update on the FCA’s intervention in disputes over business interruption insurance coverage

The FCA’s proposed court action for a declaration on the meaning of certain policy wordings to achieve clarity and certainty for SMEs and others involved…

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He is very conscientious, hardworking and always responds promptly. 
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What is responsible contractual behaviour?

Simon takes a look at what constitues as "Responsible contractual behaviour" in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19…

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Covid-19 and insurance disputes

As news of insurers rejecting claims continue to spread, Simon Walsh shares guidance about look at if you think you have insurance cover that should respond…

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I chose law because as a history graduate I enjoyed gathering evidence and arguing my case
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Litigation during and after Covid-19: Do we need more breathing space?

Simon Walsh comments on the call for ‘breathing space’ in litigation and the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts.

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Simon Walsh, who is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile’, was promoted to senior associate in 2015.
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Tips for Avoiding CCJs During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Litigator Simon Walsh shares tips for avoiding county court judgements during COVID-19 and a reminder on the time limits.

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The impact of Coronavirus on commercial contracts and force majeure clauses

Can we rely on COVID-19 being a force majeure event, in order to avoid our contractual obligations?

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My greatest life lesson so far is work hard and always think things through!
Simon Walsh has strong experience of supporting the team in local and cross-border commercial disputes. Sources describe him as “very thorough and very…
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Simon Walsh is a talented litigator, absolutely committed to his clients interests.
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Simon Walsh is praised by sources for his expertise in commercial and corporate litigation, with experience in cases involving shareholder disputes, breach of directors' duties and joint venture agreements. 
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