The commercial litigation department at Madison Branson Lawyers is testament to the superior service provided to Madison Branson Lawyers’ clients, and the firm’s high calibre of the lawyers that it demands.
A dynamic commercial and criminal litigator in Australia’s State and Federal jurisdictions, as well as a skilled and tactful negotiator, Simon is credited for his commercially sensible and intelligent approach to his clients’ matters.
Through his work acting for, and providing complex legal advice to, major banks, manufacturers, individuals, SMEs and a broad range of corporations including ASX listed companies, Simon has developed his practice, and the department of the firm, extensively in a number of legal disciplines including, but not limited to:
proceeds of crime litigation under the Commonwealth regime, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth), and the State regime in Victoria, the Confiscation Act 1997 (Vic);
personal and corporate insolvency and reconstruction;
enforcement of securities, mortgages and charges;
shareholders’ disputes and oppression actions under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
representing clients examined before the Australian Securities & Investments Commissions, in civil penalty proceedings, and advising in relation to compliance with notices served under the Australian Securities & Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth);
domestic and commercial building and construction disputes involving matters concerning the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 and the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002;
trust disputes including obtaining access to trust documents;
international trade disputes including international arbitration;
criminal matters involving summary and indictable offences, particularly white-collar crime involving insider trading and conspiracies to defraud the Commonwealth.
Simon is also a member of the Confiscation and Proceeds of Crime List Users’ Group of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Notable cases include:
AFP v Surinder Kaur  VSC 423;
Guo v Commissioner of Australian Federal Police  VSC 269;
Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police v Wen & Ors  VSC 391;
Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police v Wen & Ors (No 2)  VSC 502.