Global Head of Insurance
Simon Laird is an expert advising on onshore and offshore commercial disputes, supporting clients in the financial services sector.
In addition to commercial litigation, he advises on Financial Ombudsman Service jurisdiction and regulatory issues (including s166 skilled person reports, enforcement action and past business reviews).
Simon is a regular speaker at industry events and sits on a working group of PI insurers who liaise with FOS and the FCA on various financial services sector issues.
Simon leads the Insurance Group and sits on the firm's board.
Simon is also a member of the instech advisory board and a BILA (British Insurance Lawyers Association) Committee member.
A "good, practical and commercial lawyer." - Chambers UK 2019
Simon Laird "delivers sensible, commercial, pragmatic advice to insurers and has a good way about him." - Chambers UK 2018
Sources praise his pragmatic approach, saying: "He cuts to the chase in trying to resolve any issues." - Chambers UK 2017
Simon Laird gains considerable praise from interviewees, one of whom notes: "He's an incredibly bright lawyer and has got a very good commercial mind, which really does assist us." He is widely commended for his knowledge of the financial services sector and is reportedly "very specialised, but very much on top of his subject." - Chambers UK 2017
also recommended are the ‘brilliant’ Simon Greenley and Simon Laird. - Legal 500 UK 2016
Recommended - Legal 500 UK 2015
"Peers regard him as "commercial, with good relationships with his clients." Clients say: "He would be my preferred solicitor to defend IFA matters" - Chambers UK 2015
"Recommended" - Legal 500 UK 2014
"Very strong on financial services" and someone they are "happy to use on high-value claims" - Chambers UK 2014
Defending offshore trustee in respect of large breach of trust claim. Deploying global strategy to recover funds from a rogue beneficiary
Advising firm on multi million pound claim relating to complex structured products
Judicially reviewing FOS in respect of jurisdiction for determining tax avoidance complaints
Assisting numerous firms in respect of skilled person reports and PBRs in relation to ETV matters
Advising individual in relation to ACCA disciplinary proceedings