Kane Simons

Year of Call: 2007


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  • "He is thorough, meticulous and personable. He has a good relationship with lay clients."

    The Legal 500 (2022)
  • ‘A personal injury junior who is on his way up.'

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • 'Establishes a good rapport with clients. Down to earth. Explains issues and thought processes clearly.’

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • 'Particularly experienced in accidents involving cyclists and motorcyclists.'

    Ranked: tier 2

    The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘He has an excellent manner with clients.’

    The Legal 500 (2018-19) - Northern Circuit - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • "He has a broad range of expertise in personal injury law."

    The Legal 500 (2017) - Northern Circuit - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Education

University of Leeds BA (Hons)
University of Leeds LLM


Professional Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association
Northern Circuit


  • "He is thorough, meticulous and personable. He has a good relationship with lay clients."

    The Legal 500 (2022)
  • ‘A personal injury junior who is on his way up.'

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • 'Establishes a good rapport with clients. Down to earth. Explains issues and thought processes clearly.’

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • 'Particularly experienced in accidents involving cyclists and motorcyclists.'

    Ranked: tier 2

    The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘He has an excellent manner with clients.’

    The Legal 500 (2018-19) - Northern Circuit - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • "He has a broad range of expertise in personal injury law."

    The Legal 500 (2017) - Northern Circuit - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Kane has a broad personal injury practice, acting for both claimants and defendants in cases involving serious and catastrophic injuries.

Described in the Legal 500 (2021) as a ‘personal injury junior who is on his way up’, Kane acts in road traffic, employers’ liability and public liability claims. He has particular experience in matters involving injured cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. His cases tend to involve brain injuries, chronic pain or complex orthopaedic injuries.

He has built a successful practice by providing practical and clear advice. He is described as ‘down to earth’ and as having ‘an excellent manner with clients’.

Kane is happy to advise on a CFA basis. He is also available to deliver CPD-accredited seminars to solicitors on request. Recent seminar titles include ‘Dealing with Allegations of Fundamental Dishonesty’, ‘Introduction to the Intermediate Track’, ‘E-Bikes and E-Scooters’ and ‘Introduction to Pension Loss Claims’.

Kane graduated with a first-class degree before completing a master’s degree in law. He has always practised at 18 St John Street and completed pupillage in 2009 under the supervision of Mark Laprell and Simon Kilvington QC.

He is head of the Civil and Personal Injury Department at 18 St John Street Chambers.

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B v S (2021): Acted for a defendant in a claim brought for £1.7million, largely for future loss of earnings and pension loss. The claim ultimately settled for £250,000.

B v R (2021): Acted for a claimant who sustained a fractured femur. The claim settled for approximately £310,000.

F v H (2021): Acted for a motorcyclist with a minor traumatic brain injury. The claimant’s previous barrister had refused to act on a CFA due to liability concerns. Two months after Kane became involved, advising on both liability and quantum, the matter settled for a gross sum equivalent of more than £500,000.

M v S (2021): Acted for a claimant in her late sixties who suffered an ankle injury and nerve damage in a road traffic accident. The matter settled for £250,000.

Re B (deceased) (2021): This was a fatal accident claim involving a man in his late 70s who was sadly killed in a cycling accident. Kane advised the deceased’s widow, who brought a claim for pension dependency. The matter settled for £160,000.

ABC (BY OS) v XYZ (2020): Led by Stephen Killalea QC: Acted for a claimant in a brain injury case for a man in his mid-fifties which settled for a lump sum of £2.65 million and an annual periodical payment of £275,000 – an assumed capitalised value in excess of £6 million.

K v H (2020): Acted for a claimant who developed complex regional pain syndrome (‘CRPS’) in her arm after sustaining a soft tissue injury in an industrial accident. Causation remained in dispute, with the defendant maintaining that the CRPS was unrelated to the index accident. The claim settled at a joint settlement meeting for a figure in excess of £525,000. The Defendant had initially offered the claimant only £55,000.

S v H (2020): Acted for a claimant who sustained an injury at his foot after a motorcycle accident. He required extensive treatment and orthotics. His claim settled for £175,000 excluding the cost of treatment.

N v L (2019): Acted for a defendant in an injury claim brought for nearly £300,000. Causation and quantum remained very much in dispute. Following Kane’s involvement, the claim settled at just £16,500.

C v H (2018): Acted for a defendant insurer at hearings and a joint settlement meeting in an injury claim involving a significant pension loss. Pleaded at well over £400,000, the claim settled at £200,000.

D v M (2018): Acted for a claimant who sustained a pelvic fracture in a road traffic accident. The claim settled for £150,000. 

S v M (2018): Acted for a claimant who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident. The claim settled for £140,000.

Homebase Ltd v Rengasamy [2015] EWHC 68 (QB): Acted for the respondent in the appeal of a case management decision.

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‘Moving with the times: Is the law on e-scooters keeping up with reality?’ APIL PI Focus, September 2020 (also on 18sjs website as: ‘E-bikes, E-Scooters and the Law: What you need to know’. June 2020 ) 

A PIBA Guide to Pension Loss Calculation, (Contributor) September 2020

 

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