Simon Lofthouse QC is an esteemed construction specialist who respondents describe as “a very pragmatic advocate with an exceptional commercial approach”.
Simon Lofthouse QC is widely recognised as a leading domestic and international lawyer with particular expertise in construction and infrastructure.
As a “ferociously clever, forensic and incisive cross-examiner; a highly effective advocate” (The Legal 500) Simon is sought after across a range of different forums: international and domestic arbitration, commercial court litigation, mediation, adjudication and expert determination. Highlighted as “excellent legally, technically and commercially” (Chambers and Partners), he acts for governments, corporations and professionals in a range of disputes that frequently involve engineering or construction projects across energy and natural resources, transport and social infrastructure, and information technology and telecoms systems. He is particularly experienced in the presentation and conduct of complex cases (he is said to possess “an impressive grasp of all the technical and legal issues on complex disputes”), especially those involving delay analysis; contractual interpretation; allegations of professional negligence issues such as defective design; expert determinations; final accounts; or disputed technical issues (including fraud).
Much of his work is international in nature and throughout his career he has advised on, and appeared as advocate in disputes in, matters across Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East (he is qualified to practise in the DIFC in Dubai) and Asia. He has been appointed by the ICC and other domestic and international bodies as both arbitrator and legal expert.
Simon is approved to sit as a judge in the Technology and Construction Court division of the High Court in England and Wales.