Simon Geall

Partner

Education:

Elizabeth College, Guernsey
Nottingham University - LLB  (2004)
Nottingham Law School - BVC  (2005)
Awarded the Campbell Foster Prize by Middle Temple following completion of BVC (2005)
Caën University, France - Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes (2006)

Professional Qualifications:

Barrister: 2005
Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey: 2007

Memberships:

Middle Temple   
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
Employment Lawyers Association

Career:

Post qualification, Simon trained with a Guernsey law firm and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2007.  In April 2007 he joined AFR Advocates and became a partner in January 2010. 

 

Cases of interest include:

Civil litigation

Soulbury v RBSI
Acting for a Bank in connection with a claim for in excess of $7 million, considering issues concerning the application of the PATRIOT Act, a WTO dispute and bank mandates.

Ladbrokes v Galaxy
Acting for a company in litigation concerning statutory demands and the recoverability of costs before the Royal Court.

Mitco Realty Limited v Develica Deutschland Limited
Acting for the Plaintiff in a commercial contract dispute concerning a German property portfolio worth circa £50 million.

In the matter of the X Trust
Acting for the Trustee in an application considering the construction and variation of a trust deed of a settlement of substantial value.

L v O
Acting for the Defendant in a successful strike out of proceedings considering Guernsey customary law in relation to claims brought against the heirs of an estate.
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Anonymous
Acting for a bank in high-value professional negligence claims against legal advisers and surveyors.

Anonymous
Acting for the Defendant in a high-value partnership dispute and in related appeal proceedings.


Employment Litigation

Good v Credit Suisse
Successfully acting for the plaintiff in claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal (including claims for a bonus and stigma damages).
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Yoli v States of Guernsey
Successfully acting for an employee in a claim for unfair dismissal considering inter alia the issue of frustration of a contract on an employee being imprisoned.
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Troalic & Son v Kinsey
Successfully resisting an appeal in the Royal Court against a decision of the Employment Tribunal.
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Campbell v Augentius Fund Administration (Guernsey) Limited
Successfully acting for an employee on claims for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination before the Employment Tribunal arising from a dismissal on the grounds of pregnancy.
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Dunbar and Others v NSPCC
Acting for four employees in an 8 day trial of conjoined claims for unfair dismissal arising from the closure of the NSPCC branch in Guernsey.

Anonymous
Acting for employers seeking injunctive relief against former employees.

 

What the Legal Directories say:

Legal 500

"... proactive ... able to provide all the options".  Legal 500 2014
"... able to highlight the consequences that could unfold".  Legal 500 2014
"... commercial property - 'down to earth' and 'function well as a team'".  Legal 500 2014
"... recommended".  Legal 500 2014
"... first class practitioner".  Legal 500 2013
"... approachable".  Legal 500 2013
"... identifies and capitalises upon opposition weaknesses to bring matters to speedy conclusions".  Legal 500 2012
"... represents clients at the Tribunal and in the Royal Court".  Legal 500 2011
"... also strong in non-contentious employment advice". Legal 500 2011

Chambers & Partners

"... Leading individual - Employment". Chambers UK 2015
"... demonstrates a pragmatic approach and clearly understands the business environment".  Chambers UK 2015
"... puts things in concise English and then puts things into the legal language, which means we understand them".  Chambers UK 2015
"... a very balanced, sharp and enthusiastic attorney with a photographic memory". Chambers Europe 2014
"... in employment matters he was always in command even when on the defensive; he was capable of finding the gaps in the opposition's stance".   Chambers Europe 2014
"... is very clear-minded in court".  Chambers UK 2014
"... he is clear, precise and deliberate.  He is very logical and finds things we had not noticed ourselves".  Chambers Europe 2012
"... has wide ranging commercial disputes practice".  Chambers UK 2012
"... best known for his banking expertise".  Chambers UK 2012
“... Leading Individual”.  Chambers UK 2011
“... calm, unflappable and good on his feet”.  Chambers UK 2011
“... an associate to watch”.  Chambers UK 2011
“... incredibly good. He has detailed knowledge and the ability to recall the relevant points at the right time”.  Chambers Europe 2011
“... a rising star of the Bar”.  Chambers Global 2011

Which Lawyer?

Endorsed for labour and employee benefits. Which Lawyer? 2011

 

 

Simon Geall:

E: sgeall@afradvocates.com
T: +44 (0)1481 743999
F: +44 (0)1481 700171

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Simon Geall

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