Simon Woodhead

Senior Associate (Employed Barrister)

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Kingfisher House, 1 Gilders Way, Off Barrack Street, Norwich, NR3 1UB

"[Simon is] a very gifted, hard-working lawyer who is technically superb." He wins acclaim for his "impressive legal skills and persistence".

Chambers [UK 2016]


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 and commercial premises, occupiers and investors.

Simon also has extensive experience advising in connection with surplus property portfolios and is the sole property litigation advisor to the marking leading provider.

Simon is based at our Norwich office.

Other Information

Simon is named as a 'Star Associate' by Chambers [UK 2018]. Clients add "his knowledge is extensive; he understands the law and applies it, but then also looks for the commercial solution. Previously sources have commented: "He is very good - bright and a lateral thinker."

Simon is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2017] and described as "dogged, persuasive and thoughtful". Clients say he "can go toe-to-toe with any QC".

Earlier editions note that John Scannell "forms 'a perfect team with brilliant technical lawyer’ Simon Woodhead" and that Simon has "outstanding technical knowledge". Clients 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. Simon regularly presents seminars to clients and has given lectures to the RICS.


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