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Simon Harding

With over 25 years of experience, Simon has advised large organisations, SMEs and claimants on redundancies, Covid rules, return from lockdown, and restructuring. He has particular experience in the IT and Art markets, and is direct access qualified and licensed to litigate.

He has maintained an Employment Law practice for his entire professional career and indeed before, as he took on FRU cases before coming to the Bar. 

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Simon Harding

Simon's Experience

Called in 1998

Specialist sectors

  • Local Authority Services
  • SME
  • Professional Services

Barristers in England and Wales are regulated by the Bar Standards Board

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Employment Law

Simon deals with cases such as share holder disputes, termination of directors, employees and shareholders, breach of covenants, data theft, unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims.

He represents respondents and claimants, and advises and represents small and large businesses alike. Simon has a particular expertise in larger scale claims for local authorities and large companies; particularly in dealing with complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

Over the last two years, he has has advised large organisations, SMEs, and claimants on redundancies, Covid rules, return from lockdown, and restructuring, and has given many webinars on such subjects.

Union Cases

Simon has represented two local authorities and a London institution defending against claims that alleged disciplinary action had been taken because of Union activities. He has also defended a claim which was withdrawn where there was an application for interim relief.

Simon has also represented many teachers on behalf of the NASUWT, including a 10-day sexual orientation discrimination case in Wales that was successful for the claimant. Additionally, he has represented two teachers before the TRA, currently on appeal to the High Court.

Professional Discipline

Demonstrating a specific expertise, Simon specialises in providing representation for solicitors involved in employment tribunal claims. He also adeptly represents them in proceedings before the SRA/SDT.

Simon's recent accomplishments include skillfully negotiating the departure agreements for two senior solicitors, effectively resolving their situations within their respective workplaces.

Furthermore, Simon has been actively engaged in the representation of numerous educators in front of their respective regulatory bodies. In a significant triumph, he managed to secure the exoneration of a teacher who had been accused of serious assault and misconduct.

Commercial Law

Simon has advised businesses of all sizes on a number of matters, including:

  • Mergers & acquisitions

  • Drafting shareholder agreements & articles

  • Business investments

  • Business turnaround

He has particular experience advising on contracts and systems, and can offer support with:

  • Staff handbooks & contracts

  • AML & GDPR

  • Director and other SLAs

  • Sale & purchase agreements

  • JV agreements

Case Profile
  • Frewer v Google (a 10-day unfair dismissal and discrimination claim, representing the claimant)
  • Flanagan v London Borough if Islington (6 days union discrimination case)
  • SC v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (7 days) - This was a complex potential fraud case which raised tricky procedural issues wherein Simon led another member of chambers on behalf of the local authority.
  • M v Gen 2 (3 days) - Although short, this was a difficult case against a litigant in person who made allegations of bias against the judge, reported the solicitors to the regulators.
  • MSJ v LBHF - (5 days) - Here, Simon represented LBHF in defeating an unmeritorious claim for discrimination and succeeded in a large costs award against the claimant.
  • MC v Ministry of Defence - (7 days) - Simon represented a claimant successfully over 7 days with lengthy remedy issues to be resolved.
  • R v LBHF (10 days) - This was a long and complex case involving intertwined issues of discrimination, disability discrimination, protected disclosures, reasonable adjustments, victimisation and harassment. There were over 60 allegations and so the case required very thorough preparation and a firm hand to keep it from becoming unmanageable (as far as an advocate can do, of course).
  • A v A London Borough - The case compromised before trial but involved allegations of corruption and whistleblowing in a disability/sickness dismissal case.
  • C v Stirling Bank (3 days) - A current live case with a silk on the other side.
  • O v Westminster CC (5 days) - A very sensitive case involving allegations of race discrimination. Against a litigant in person, the case had to be handled with some care.
  • W v Islington CC (6 days) - A legally complex disability discrimination raising intertwined issues of reasonable adjustments, section 15, section 19 and section 21 claims.
  • B v Bukkovar Foods (8 days) - This was a lengthy claim against a Litigant in person alleging disability discrimination. Simon also represented successfully before the EAT when the claimant appealed.
  • A spin-off case in which Simon appeared recently concerned the implications of a settlement agreement on an ability to take a pension. This was reported in the case of Downe v Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) [2019] 2403 EWHC (ChD).
Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Simon Harding, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:



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