Simon Lucas is a senior associate in our Leeds office having trained with the firm and qualified into the Litigation team in 2008. Simon’s practice primarily focuses on a range of commercial litigation and dispute resolution work for several national and multinational companies.

    Simon is also a member of the export control team and has experience in advising clients on economic sanctions and controlled exports, preparing clients for compliance visits by the UK government and working closely with clients to implement tailored export compliance programmes to suit their business operations. In addition, Simon has experience of presenting to industry organisations and providing training to businesses on export compliance topics.

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    Commercial Litigation

    • Acting on behalf of a print and packaging company in a multimillion-pound dispute culminating in a seven-day trial concerning the liability of an insurance company to provide an indemnity for losses arising from damage to a printing press – Contact (Print And Packaging) Ltd v Travelers Insurance Co Ltd [2018] EWHC 83 (TCC).
    • Representing an international manufacturer of steel products in an £8 million claim relating to the recovery of goods unlawfully detained by a third party.
    • Acting on behalf of a sovereign wealth fund in ICC arbitration proceedings in respect of a $37 million dispute regarding an investment in an agricultural project in Ukraine.
    • Securing an interim injunction for a UK-based finance company against two former employees in respect of breaches of restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information.
    • Acting on behalf of the UK subsidiary of a global workforce management company in defending and securing a negotiated settlement of a breach of contract claim brought by the UK subsidiary of a global telecommunications company in the High Court.
    • Representing one of the world’s largest consultancy firms in successfully defending over 40 negligence and Data Protection Act claims brought by individual claimants.
    • Representing a major UK utility company and a telecommunications company in prosecuting portfolios of claims to recover substantial sums in relation to damage caused to networks of underground services by third parties on the grounds of negligence and pursuant to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.
    • Representing a major UK utility company in prosecuting various claims to recover substantial sums in relation to damage caused to its network of underground services by third parties on the grounds of negligence and pursuant to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.
    • Acting, as a member of a team of lawyers, for an international law firm in a multimillion-pound partnership dispute with a number of its former partners.
    • Representing an international engine manufacturer in defending a €1.5 million claim for damages in respect of a contract to provide engines for use in a high-speed ferry.

    Banking, Finance and Professional Negligence Claims

    • Conducting a focused professional negligence action for a major mortgage lender against various solicitor firms in relation to in excess of 40 fraudulent property transactions.
    • Representing a data consultancy firm in recovering substantial damages against its former legal advisers in relation to advice provided in respect of a High Court claim against former employees of the business.
    • Advising a UK bank on the settlement of a multimillion-pound portfolio of professional negligence claims against various firms of conveyancing solicitors.

    Export Control

    • Performing onsite process verification and audit for an international transport and logistics provider on its exporting function and producing a detailed report of observations and recommendations.
    • Assisting the European, Middle East and Asian operations of a global paint and coating manufacturing business in planning and implementing a tailored export compliance programme for its operations in these locations.
    • Advising the UK subsidiary of a global paint and coating manufacturing business in relation to controlled exports and an audit by the UK government’s Export Control Organisation.
    • Advising the UK subsidiary of a NASDAQ-listed electrical equipment manufacturer in relation to controlled exports and an audit by the UK government’s Export Control Organisation.
    • Advising a leading UK supplier of specialist foodstuffs on the implications of restrictive measures including financial restrictions relating to transactions involving trade partners in Iran.
    • Advising a variety of businesses in relation to appropriate export control and sanctions warranties and indemnities in share purchase agreements and loan documents.

    Education

    • University of Sheffield, L.P.C., 2006
    • University of Sheffield, LL.B., 2005

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2008

    Languages

    • English
    • Recommended as a Next Generation Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2018 for Commercial litigation
    • Recommended as a Next Generation Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Commercial litigation

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