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,
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 leading practice is recognised by the major legal directories. He has been listed for a number of years in Best Lawyers for his work across Competition Law, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications. Who’s Who Legal: Competition Future Leaders 2019 recognised Simon as “excellent” and “a very intelligent, creative thinker” who “quickly understands clients’ risk appetite and targets advice at the right level.” Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020 refers to clients singling him out as an “exceptionally bright guy” in this space who is “extremely proficient in this area and I would happily use him in the future.” 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".
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.
Awards and Recognition
Simon was in the Competition Law, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications Law categories.
Simon is recognised in the “Energy (Transactions + Regulatory)” category.
Simon is ranked as Band 4 for Competition/Antitrust.
Simon recognised as a "Global Leader" for Data - Telecommunications & Media and "National Leader" for Data.
Simon is a "Future Leader" in Competition.