Managing Partner and co-Global CEO, DLA Piper
Simon is the Managing Partner and Global co-CEO of the firm, and the former Global Group Head for the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. He specialises in intellectual property and media law, and has advised leading companies on all aspects of patents, design rights, trademarks, breach of confidence and copyright. His clients have included Motorola, Toshiba, Honda, LG Electronics, The Premier League, Cricket Australia, NBC Universal, Turner/CNN, HSBC, Sony Pictures and UBS. Before taking on the CEO and Managing Partner roles, Simon advised on all aspects of IP, media and sport litigation and arbitration. He has experience in worldwide courts and in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation, and has arbitrated under a number of rules including the ICC. In the UK, he has litigated in the High Court, the Copyright Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords/Supreme Court and the Privy Council, as well as the Trade Mark and Patent Registries in the UK and Europe, and the European Court of Justice. A number of his cases have been reported, set legal precedent in both IP and arbitration law, and have been the subject of media interest. Simon is recognised in the UK and global directories as a leading media and intellectual property practitioner, including Chambers and Legal 500. Intellectual Asset Management Magazine elected Simon to its inaugural “IAM 250 – A Guide to the Worldâ€™s Leading IP Strategists.” He also teaches on IP and Business at Imperial College Business School in London which granted him a professorship in 2015, and has worked with and presented at the Moller Institute in Cambridge, and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership. Simon is currently a Non-Executive Board member for the UK higher education regulator, the Office for Students, and chairs its Quality Assessment Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Lord Mayorâ€™s Appeal, City UK and the International Development Business Exchange, and works with the leadership of the CBI and London First.