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Simon Sinnatt

Call:  1993


Simon Sinnatt is the current Head of One Crown Office Row's Brighton Annex.  Simon is a Property law specialist practising primarily in Sussex, London and the South Coast, acting for developers, local government and private clients.  He is a member of the Property Bar Association.  He has been involved in a number of notable cases. 

Simon gives talks each year to both Local Government and solicitors in The South East.  He is noted for taking an innovative practical approach to clients' problems.   

In his spare time Simon enjoys the cinema, food, tennis and running his farm.


Simon is recommended in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

 ‘His practice includes insolvency and professional negligence cases.’ (Legal 500 2017)

‘He represents developers, private clients and local government in cases.’ (Legal 500 2017)

‘A practical and strategic barrister with a focus on commercial and property matters.’ (Legal 500 2016)

‘He provides strong tactical and strategic advice.’ (Legal 500 2016 Band 1 Real Estate Litigation)

"He has a good technical knowledge of property litigation and he is plain-speaking with a great client manner." (Chambers and Partners 2016 Band 1 Real Estate Litigation)

'His advice is always clear and concise, whether it be in written form or in conference' (Legal 500 2015 Band 1 Commercial Banking and Insolvency)

 “He is technically very good on all aspects of property litigation. He has great drafting skills and a great client manner." "He is creative and incisive." (Chambers and Partner 2015 Band 1 Real Estate Litigation)

 ‘His written opinions are detailed and well prepared.’ (Legal 500 2014 Band 1 Property)

 ‘A very good commercial barrister who is a rising star.’ (Legal 500 2014 Band 1 Commercial Banking and Insolvency)

"He writes clear and concise opinions dealing with complex areas of law in language that can be understood by the lay client. He is skilled in all areas including advocacy and technical ability, and instils confidence in the client." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

Simon Sinnatt is ‘creative in his thinking, and practical in his advice’. The ‘extremely competent and thorough’ (Legal 500 2013)

Simon Sinnatt is a charismatic individual, who is a great orator and "a compelling showman." Commentators say that he is "a heavy hitter" who is both "creative and forthright in his approach." (Chambers and Partners 2013)

Simon Sinnatt’s ‘acumen and knowledge in relation to property matters is second to none’, (UK Legal 500 – 2012)

Property specialist Simon Sinnatt shows ‘creative thinking’ and has ‘polished’ client care skills (UK Legal 500 – 2011)

Simon Sinnatt is ‘just the guy you want on a case which requires an unusual perspective or a practical outcome’ (UK Legal 500 – 2010)


Chairman of the LSC's Southern Panel 2012 - 2013

Vice Chairman of the LSC's Southern Panel 2008 –

Independent Adjudicator to the LSC 2008 - 2013

East Sussex County Councillor 1997 – 2001

Former Member of the Court of Sussex University

Significant cases include the following


Sinclair Gardens (Kensington) Investments Ltd v 2 Medina Villas [2012] PLSCS 132:  (Collective enfranchisement case concerning the valuation of car parking spaces and what amounts to a substantive interference of a right of way)

Henley v Bloom [2010] EWCA Civ 202; [2010] 1 W.L.R. 1770; [2010] H.L.R. 29; [2010] N.P.C. 29; [2010] 2 P. & C.R. DG13 (Case concerning whether a dilapidations claim should be struck out for abuse of process)

Bluestorm –v- Portvale Holdings [2004] 22 E.G. 142 (Case casting doubt on Yorkbrook)

Brighton & Hove City Council –v- Collinson [2004] 28 E.G. 178 (Security of tenure under the '54 Act)


R (Boyejo, Towler, Rush, Sanders and Kemp) v Barnet London Borough Council and R (Ronald Smith) v Portsmouth City Council [2009] EWHC 3261 (Admin)
(Case dealing with the level of consultation and involvement of Disabled people and compliance with Section 49A(1) of the DDA)


Clarke v Meadus [2010] EWHC 3117 (Ch)
(Case dealing with Proprietary Estoppel where there was a Deed of Trust setting out the interests of the parties) 


Clarke v Meadus Chancery Division 02 August 2012 (Unreported) (An application for a third party costs order prior to trial was held to be premature where assessment of the costs would require a hearing on many contentious issues that would have to be explored at the trial on the merits anyway).

Public Access

Simon Sinnatt accepts work from lay clients in accordance with our Public Access Scheme in the following areas -

Contracts and Debt Recovery
Wills, Probate and Inheritance

Please refer to our Public Access section for further information.

Other information

VAT Registration No:  665 2364 26


Phone Clerk
01273 625625

Email Clerk


The Civil Law team gave a Contracts Seminar last week on recent changes to the law of illegality and limitation cases as well as an update on the dynamics of mediation
Charity Fundraising Review 2016 for Crown Office Row Brighton
Unusual Case Of A Possession Order Over A Hospital Bed
New Appointment of Simon Sinnatt as Head of Annex.