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After reading Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford, Simon Care returned to his native Port Talbot where he worked for Neath Port Talbot Council whilst studying law at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales).
Simon joined Berry Smith in November 2004 and, since then, he has handled a wide range of commercial disputes, developing a particular specialization for property-related matters. Simon became a partner in 2013.
A member of the Property Litigation Association and a regular speaking on property-related matters for both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and various firms of surveyors across the region, Simon’s expertise in Real Estate Litigation is recognized by both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 independent guides to the legal profession.
- Real Estate Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Contentious Wills & Probate
- Simon has acted in a wide range of property-related disputes, including those relating to restrictive covenants, adverse possession and boundary disputes.
- He has acted in cases before the High Court, the County Court, the Residential Property Tribunal and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
- Simon has a particular interest in cases relating to rights of way and has acted in a number of major disputes in this area. He acted successfully in the reported case of Loveluck-Edwards -v- Ideal Developments Ltd & Dyke  EWHC 716 (Ch.) and he succeeded in a claim against the Vale of Glamorgan Council to establish a private vehicular right of way across part of the Porthkerry Park.
- All aspects of landlord and tenant matters, both commercial and residential. Simon acted for a group of 12 private leaseholders in a dispute with their landlord, a housing association, concerning a £280k project of works. The case has generated considerable media interest and Simon was interviewed for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.
- Simon has also acted in a number of high profile commercial disputes, including a competition law claim against the manufacturer of Titleist golf clubs, which was believed to have been the first case of its kind in Europe.
- Simon’s specialization in property disputes lends itself very well to disputes relating to Wills and the administration of Estates, where a knowledge of property matters is often highly relevant. He has experience of a wide range of cases including challenging wills on the ground of capacity / want of knowledge and approval, removal of executors, estoppel claims and claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975.
What people say about Simon - quotes from the current Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 legal directories
'Ferociously bright' and 'very effective' property litigator Simon Care is also regularly engaged in claimant work against property-related professionals. A growing area of Care's work is in relation to bringing claims against solicitors for negligent advice delivered in the context of property transactions
Simon Care 'gets to the essentials of a case very quickly and never misses a trick'. Care is also praised for his 'solutions-oriented approach and realism about what can be achieved within the confines of a case'.
Simon Care has 'rapidly acquired a deserving reputation as on the most effective operators in property litigation in Wales'. Care is also praised for his 'ability to quickly get to the essentials of a case', as well as 'his real presence in the courtroom or conference room'. His recent highlights include representing the owner of a substantial rural property in a significant right of way claim.
Simon Care is renowned in the region for his work in landlord and tenant and dilapidations disputes. Sources say he is "very approachable" and gives "excellent and detailed advice."