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Simon joined Birketts in 2004.  He is an employed barrister in our property litigation team.

Simon graduated from the University of East Anglia with first class honours. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised from chambers in London for a number of years appearing as an advocate in most courts including the Court of Appeal. After leaving the Bar, Simon spent over seven years with a large international law firm in its property litigation team where he dealt with a number of high profile cases. He has substantial experience in advising on property disputes and in particular on all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant, real property and residential landlord and tenant. He frequently acts for local authorities, landlords and tenants of retail premises, occupiers, investors and Registered Social Landlords.

Simon is based at our Norwich office.

Other Information

Simon is named as a 'Star Associate' by Chambers [UK 2017]. Sources say: "He is very good - bright and a lateral thinker."

In previous editions Simon is described as "a very gifted, hard-working lawyer who is technically superb." He wins acclaim for his "impressive legal skills and persistence".

"Bright, thorough" Simon is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. The previous edition notes that John Scannell "forms 'a perfect team with brilliant technical lawyer’ Simon Woodhead". In earlier editions clients say Simon has "outstanding technical knowledge" and describe him as a "thorough strategic thinker".

Simon has had articles published in the Estates Gazette and is a member of the Property Litigation Association. Simon is a co-author of the Corporate Occupiers Handbook published by Estates Gazette books in November 2007. Simon regularly presents seminars to clients and has given lectures to the FRICS. 

 legal 500 2016