John Sim

John Sim
Partner, Head of Litigation
John Sim Partner, Head of Litigation

John is a specialist in dispute resolution including construction disputes, property issues, breaches of contract, commercial contract issues and debt recovery. He is a familiar face in the business communities of Cumbria and North Lancashire, often referred to as the ‘go to’ lawyer for diverse types of property dispute including interference with rights of way, disruption to services caused by neighbours and location of boundary problems.

John’s clients include businesses in most sectors of the economy, a major housebuilding developer, numerous agricultural and rural businesses, and many individuals and families. He has acted for several large insurers and other large corporates as part of their ‘panel’ lawyers.

When it comes to disputes relating to lake frontage and ownership, John has also become a noted ‘authority’ in the region on the “Datum Line” and, in particular, to the ownership complexities relating to the shores of Lake Windermere, which has one of the highest levels of property value in the UK. He has acted on over a dozen disputes between significant property owners and the local authority (the ‘official owner’ of the lake bed) as to rights and obligations. John is part of Temple Heelis’s highly ranked Agricultural and Rural sector specialisation group which is recognised for its ‘notable expertise in niche rural litigation matters related to boundary and septic tank disputes, boathouse litigation and lake encroachment matters’ (Chambers and Partners) and ‘well-versed in niche areas of rural law, such as fishing rights, drainage agreements, rights of common and boundary disputes’ (The Legal 500).

John is also one of the leading Personal Injury specialists in Cumbria, advising Claimants and Defendants especially in high value claims involving complex analysis of past and future losses.

A keen golfer and a great lover of the Lake District, John prides himself on a good handicap and enjoys visiting courses across Europe and has had several golfing trips to the USA.

John is a specialist in dispute resolution including construction disputes, property issues, breaches of contract, commercial contract issues and debt recovery. He is a familiar face in the business communities of Cumbria and North Lancashire, often referred to as the ‘go to’ lawyer for diverse types of property dispute including interference with rights of way, disruption to services caused by neighbours and location of boundary problems.

John’s clients include businesses in most sectors of the economy, a major housebuilding developer, numerous agricultural and rural businesses, and many individuals and families. He has acted for several large insurers and other large corporates as part of their ‘panel’ lawyers.

When it comes to disputes relating to lake frontage and ownership, John has also become a noted ‘authority’ in the region on the “Datum Line” and, in particular, to the ownership complexities relating to the shores of Lake Windermere, which has one of the highest levels of property value in the UK. He has acted on over a dozen disputes between significant property owners and the local authority (the ‘official owner’ of the lake bed) as to rights and obligations. John is part of Temple Heelis’s highly ranked Agricultural and Rural sector specialisation group which is recognised for its ‘notable expertise in niche rural litigation matters related to boundary and septic tank disputes, boathouse litigation and lake encroachment matters’ (Chambers and Partners) and ‘well-versed in niche areas of rural law, such as fishing rights, drainage agreements, rights of common and boundary disputes’ (The Legal 500).

John is also one of the leading Personal Injury specialists in Cumbria, advising Claimants and Defendants especially in high value claims involving complex analysis of past and future losses.

A keen golfer and a great lover of the Lake District, John prides himself on a good handicap and enjoys visiting courses across Europe and has had several golfing trips to the USA.