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Simon McCann

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Simon McCann - Deans Court Chambers

Specialisms

Education

  • Newman College, Preston
  • The University of Leeds - International History and Politics BA Hons (1st Class)
  • The University of Central Lancashire, Common Professional Examination
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)

Appointments

  • ACIArb

Professional Associations

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • British Association for Sport and Law

Profile

Simon McCann specialises in personal injury cases with an emphasis on cases of catastrophic injury and those with significant issues of liability. He is a fraud specialist, and has advised motor insurers, employers’ insurers and local authorities on all aspects of fraudulent claims. Simon also deals with industrial disease and employers liability cases.


Simon also has a growing practice in Sports Law, representing clubs, associations and players at all levels, including Championship and Super League.


FRAUD

Simon’s fraud practice is insurance-based. He is a specialist in this area, with over 15 years of experience of fraud trials and the investigation of fraud, in which time has taken well over 100 fraud cases to trial. He has advised motor insurers, employers’ insurers and local authorities on all aspects of fraudulent claims, and has assisted in the development of a number of specialist fraud units. Simon has developed a significant reputation defending fraudulent claims in both the motor and casualty fields. He is able to offer advice on all aspects of fraud up to an including contempt proceedings. Simon has spoken regularly at national events and at a local level on the subject of fraudulent claims.


Simon has a particular interest in cases in which surveillance or social media evidence are deployed.  He is also able to advise on the use of developing technologies such as analytics and telematics.  Issues over data protection in insurance and fraud work are also within his expertise.


Areas of special interest:

• Fraud rings • Staged accidents • Fraudulent claims in the workplace • Fraudulent claims against local authorities • Contempt proceedings


CATASTROPHIC PERSONAL INJURY

Simon has represented many insurers in catastrophic personal injury cases both with Leading Counsel and alone. Experienced in joint settlement meetings and negotiations. Simon has an interest in complex issues of damages.



SPORTS LAW

Simon has represented football clubs and players from the Championship and other leagues below this level. He has represented local Football Associations and numerous clubs. Simon has also represented a Super League team.  The areas covered include personal injury, disciplinary hearings and club law.  He is developing an arbitration practice.  He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Simon has a keen interest in football, and is an FA qualified coach.  He is experienced in issues involved with scuba diving, and is PADI trained.  He is an avid follower of professional cycling, and is fully conversant with the anti-doping issues in the sport.

He is a member of the British Association for Sport and Law.


Notable Cases

  • Personal Injury

    Lovell -v- Leeds City Council (2009)

    Duty of care in the design and planning of highways

  • Court of Appeal

    Afzali -v- McLaw Roofing (2008)

    Court of Appeal motor fraud case

  • Personal Injury

    White -v- Eastman (2006)

    Periodical payments in multi-million pound personal injury claim

What the directories say

Primarily represents defendants, including insurers, corporate clients and local authorities, particularly those who are facing potentially fraudulent claims. He also has significant experience in catastrophic accident, industrial disease and noise-induced hearing cases. "Very well established and very much favoured by the insurance industry. His pleadings are good and very accurate. He's good on his feet in court." "Very well prepared and good fun to deal with."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

An experienced junior specialising in motor insurance fraud claims. He has advised on all aspects of fraud, including contempt proceedings, and is also deeply involved in assisting insurers and local authorities on how best to investigate and uncover fraud rings. He has notable trial experience. "One of the best when it comes to cross-examination, he always cuts straight to the important issues in the case."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘He gets to the heart of issues quickly.’

Legal 500, 2017

An experienced junior specialising in motor insurance fraud claims. He has advised on all aspects of fraud, including contempt proceedings, and is also deeply involved in assisting insurers and local authorities on how best to investigate and uncover fraud rings. "He's very good and has a reassuring, natural manner before the judge."

Chambers UK, 2017

Primarily represents defendants, including insurers, corporate clients and local authorities, particularly those who are facing potentially fraudulent claims. He also has significant experience in catastrophic accident and industrial disease cases. "He has a very good manner in court, he is a very reassuring and natural presence in front of the judge."

Chambers UK, 2017

He primarily acts for insurers and local authorities in high-value claims, with notable experience in disputes involving potentially fraudulent claims. His wide-ranging practice also includes employers' liability and industrial disease cases. "He is a very tenacious street fighter who will get stuck in and scrap it out."

Chambers UK, 2016

'Knowledgeable and approachable, and deals with papers speedily'

Legal 500, 2015

Acts and advises on all aspects of motor insurance fraud. He has a particular interest in fraud rings, staged accidents and contempt proceedings. "He's the kind of person you'd want on your side in a courtroom fight: he's quick on his feet and not afraid to ask the difficult questions." "He is a details man who will pick out things that pass me by."

Chambers UK, 2015

Well regarded for his expertise in road traffic accidents. He handles matters for claimants and defendants. "He's the kind of person you would want on your side in a courtroom fight - quick on his feet and not afraid to ask the difficult questions." "He is straightforward and candid in his views. That is appreciated by clients, who want to be told how it is."

Chambers UK, 2015

‘A specialist in personal injury and insurance fraud.’ (Personal injury and clinical negligence)

Legal 500, 2014

‘a natural trial advocate’

Legal 500, 2014

Commentators note his particular expertise in cases of industrial disease.

Chambers UK, 2013

'Offers expertise in industrial disease cases'

Chambers UK, 2012

'Punchy but measured' approach to personal injury litigation

Chambers and Partners 2011

'Recommended.'

Legal 500, 2010

‘Recommended’

Legal 500, 2009

‘Strong, effective Counsel, kept very busy’

Legal 500, 2006

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