Simon is a Partner with over 30 years’ experience at Kennedys. Based in our London office, he specialises in professional indemnity insurance defence and coverage work in the UK and overseas.

His expertise includes advising solicitors, architects, engineers, surveyors, accountants, financial advisors and brokers. He handles complex disputes and coverage issues for some of the market’s leading insurers. He is currently best known for his work in the solicitors’ indemnity market although his expertise is far broader.

Simon led the team that defended over 300 firms of solicitors in The Accident Group litigation and he has represented many substantial and well known professional practices in High Court litigation, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution.

He regularly speaks on professional indemnity issues and has a very significant market reputation.

Simon is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1984 

Sources report: "He's got a fantastic intellect and is really down to earth. He can work at a very high level and communicate complex issues well."

Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Leading Individual and recommended lawyer for 'Professional negligence (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Financial (London)'
    Sources report: "He's got a fantastic intellect and is really down to earth. He can work at a very high level and communicate complex issues well."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Insurance (London)'
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Legal (London)'
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction (London)'
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Financial (London)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Insurance (London)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Legal (London)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction (London)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • A Leading Individual for ‘Professional negligence (London)’
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Included in the The Best Lawyersin the United Kingdom 2019 for Professional Malpractice Law (London)
  • A Notable Practitioner (Band 1) for ‘Professional negligence: financial, insurance, legal and technology & construction (London)’
    “The ‘brilliant’ Simon Gibson has long-standing experience advising clients on negligence claims relating to a broad range of professions.”
    Chambers UK 2018

Work highlights

  • Virgin Management Ltd v De Morgan Group plc and another. Acted for defendant property consultants in a complex claim, which reached the Court of Appeal, relating to the sale and leaseback of a substantial office block.
  • J Jarvis & Sons Ltd v Castle Wharf Developments Ltd and others. Represented project managers and quantity surveyors in a multi-party construction dispute arising from planning issues with a major development in Nottingham. The case was resolved in the Court of Appeal.
  • Graham Arthur Ridgeway Ball and others v Ian Banner and others. Represented a substantial and well-known firm of property consultants in a series of claims relating to investments in Enterprise Zone Trusts.
  • The Accident Group litigation. Acted for approximately 300 firms of solicitors in relation to claims arising from the collapse of The Accident Group.
  • IBM v RMJM and others. Defended a multi-disciplinary practice against claims arising from the design and construction of a major manufacturing facility in Scotland for an international computer company.
  • Confidential coverage advice and arbitrations across a range of professional indemnity policies, including issues around non-disclosure, blanket notification, year of account, aggregation, dishonesty and the application of exclusions.
Market recognition
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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019