Simon Ball has all the right litigation instincts and immense experience in this niche area.’
Simon Ball regularly acts for insurers on personal injury claims, with a particular focus on cases originating in France. He is particularly adept at assisting with the defence of claims involving road traffic accidents.
“Due to his experience, he can cut to the chase and determine what the key points in the case are without having to spend a lot of time investigating the issues.” “He is efficient, sensible and doesn’t take points unnecessarily.”
The ‘extremely experienced‘ Simon Ball leads the practice’s work for defendants and is particularly skilled in cases involving incidents which occurred in France.
‘Simon Ball is one of the best, if not the best, lawyers dealing with jurisdictional issues. He is also very good at understanding clients’ needs and doing what he can to seek the best outcome.’
Simon is a leading practitioner in the field of European and cross border insurance and personal injury law, with particular expertise in French accident law.
He is responsible for the management of defendant insurance litigation in the UK on behalf of 30+ European insurers in France, Spain, Belgium, Greece and Bulgaria.
He has acted for insurers in many of the leading cases on applicable law and the Rome II Regulation including before the European Court in the case which decided the date of application of the Regulation: Homawoo v GMF.
Simon is highly regarded for his sensible and commercial approach to defending claims, while always striving to ensure that claims are settled for a reasonable amount when conceded but equally prepared to fight cases on liability where there is a good defence.
With excellent communication skills (in four European languages) and having a detailed understanding of his client’s own systems of law, Simon can explain how a matter will be handled by a UK court by reference to the insurance company’s expectations of the litigation process.
Simon has worked in the field since 1992 when he joined the firm, and he became a partner in 2000, and he has carried out roles of Practice Director and Managing Partner since 2015.
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Simon is a keen cricketer, UKCC Level 2 coach, Stage 2 ACO umpire and Chairman of Highgate Cricket Club.
Other interests include golf, driving his sports car around race tracks, theatre, music and Manchester City FC which he has supported since the age of five, growing up in Manchester.