Biography

Simon is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition + Regulation group.

He leads the Melbourne competition practice, covering complex merger clearance work, as well as litigation and regulatory investigations. He specialises in competition law and regulated industries, with particular expertise across the energy, telecommunications, resources and transport sectors.

Simon has been directly involved in several of the largest and most complex merger processes of recent years. In addition to merger and investigation work, Simon is one of Australia’s leading advisers on third party access, pricing and economic regulatory issues in infrastructure markets, including telecommunications, energy, ports, rail, and water.   He regularly acts for clients in competition litigation, as well as merger and judicial review processes in regulated industries.  He has extensive experience advising clients on merger clearances, ACCC investigations and enforcement matters as well as the design and, where necessary, of a range of collaborative arrangements as well as engagement with sectoral regulators.

Simon regularly speaks and writes on competition and regulatory issues.  He is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council and the Energy and Resources Law Association (AMPLA) and is a member and former officer of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association

Simon’s has been listed for a number of years in Best Lawyers for his work in Competition Law and Regulatory Practice. Simon is listed in Legal 500, which noted that he is "the reason why some clients start instructing the firm" (2015), Who’s Who Legal (2018) described Simon as "an excellent competition lawyer" who boasts "unparalleled experience in matters involving access to essential pieces of infrastructure" and in 2019 Who’s Who Legal: Competition Future Leaders, noted that he is an “excellent” and “a very intelligent, creative thinker who quickly understands clients' risk appetite and targets advice at the right level".

Simon is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council and the Energy and Resources Law Association (AMPLA) and he is an officer of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association.

Simon was in the Competition Law, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications Law categories.

Best Lawyers Australia 2020

Simon recognised as a "Global Leader" for Data - Telecommunications & Media and "National Leader" for Data.

Who's Who Legal 2019

Simon is a "Future Leader" in Competition.  

Who's Who Legal 2017 - 2019