Simon CollinghamYear of Call: 2011
Areas of Expertise
- Road Traffic & Motoring Offences
- Law LLB
County Court Hourly Rate: £350.00 +VAT High Court Hourly Rate: £450.00 +VAT VAT Registered: Yes Direct Access & Litigation Accredited: Yes
Barrister, previously a Police Officer in Road Policing
Simon is a Road Traffic Barrister. He was called to the Bar in 2011 and is a Member of Inner Temple. Simon was a mature entrant to the Bar, having completed over 30 years’ operational experience as a Police Officer in various disciplines, predominantly in Roads Policing and further complemented by working as a Litigation Executive for DAC Beachcroft solicitors, defending motor prosecutions associated with serious road traffic collisions. He brings vast experience and expertise in investigations, forensics, disclosure and PACE within criminal law.
Simon has built a reputation for his well prepared, realistic and persuasive advocacy in this challenging area. His personable and very approachable manner means he is a popular barrister with both the clients he represents and the firms that instruct him. With a depth of life experience, Simon is able to provide exceptional client care in pressured situations.
Simon is accredited under the Bar Standards Board Public Access Scheme for direct public access instructions and to conduct litigation.
Over the past few days I have been inundated by enquiries in respect of whether or not the current pandemic and its impact on valuations may be a reason to revisit an agreed order entered into before the lockdown. Clearly the value of many businesses and assets will have been negatively impacted by the pandemic20th April 2020
The case involved allegations of substantial property and business assets both in the U.K. and held abroad by the otherside who maintained that they had very little in the way of assets and in the course of the proceedings even went as far as to claim bankruptcy. The client had tried her best as a2nd May 2019
The client’s only significant asset was a business which employed over 20 people. The business was struggling but notwithstanding the reality of the situation the otherside believed that the business was far more successful than it appeared from the accounts. The otherside had subjected the client to numerous requests for information relating to the business2nd May 2019
The client had lost confidence in his solicitor who had represented him at an FDA and FDR. The matter had been listed for trial and the client required direct access Counsel to represent him at trial. The matter was successfully compromised on the day of the final hearing. The work involved representing the client at2nd May 2019
The magnetic features of the case was the length of the marriage and the needs of the client and the parties children. The case was complicated over issues concerning the value of the former family home which had suffered from subsidence. The client sought the lion’s share of the matrimonial assets in order to meet2nd May 2019
The significant asset in the case was substantial pension assets. The parties had been married a long time and the client sought equality of pension income upon retirement. An actuary was required to carry out certain calculations. The client achieved her desired result at an FDR. The work involved consisted of representing the client at2nd May 2019
This case involved over 2 million pounds of assets however it was not complicated. The assets consisted of the former matrimonial home and several investment properties. Notwithstanding the lack of complication the parties had each spent the best part of £100,000 in legal costs prior to the issue of proceedings. The client had lost confidence2nd May 2019