Partner, Head of Litigation
Simon is one of London’s top property litigators. He established Wallace’s pioneering and much-admired dedicated Leasehold Enfranchisement team in 1996, and has built a team with a formidable reputation and a proven track record of precedent-setting work.
Simon specialises in all types of property litigation and dispute resolution including landlord and tenant disputes, breaches of covenant and leasehold enfranchisement.
He also undertakes a wide variety of general commercial litigation work including shareholder claims, professional negligence claims and asset recovery and protection.
The Legal 500 says “Serota is an out of the box thinker and a true expert”.
Simon has been a part-time Deputy Cost Judge for 20 years.
Acting on behalf of Lexgorge Limited in the Supreme Court appeal on a landmark case on the definition of ‘a house’.
Being a key member of the legal team acting on behalf of US private equity group Westbrook Partners in its claim to acquire the freehold of Dolphin Square from Friends Provident; this is the largest enfranchisement claim to date.
Acting for Dadourian Group International in a significant, widely-reported trial which laid down the ‘Dadourian Guidelines’ – guidelines for permitting enforcement of freezing orders in foreign jurisdictions.
Acting for the claimant in the landmark House of Lords decision in Twinsectra Ltd. v Yardley relating to Quistclose trusts and dishonest assistance.
Accolades: Recommended by the Legal 500