Simon is a Senior Counsel in the Digital & Data practice based in Riyadh.  He has experience in outsourcing, software and cloud procurement, data privacy, FinTech, eCommerce, IP and technology law as well as telecommunications, media law, commercial law, competition law and procurement. Simon also advises clients in the art market on commercial. IP and technology-related matters.

Simon also has in-house experience with a global e-commerce technology provider.  Before joining Al Tamimi he was a partner in a major UK law firm and prior to that was a Senior Associate with a Magic Circle law firm in London.

He has written and published widely in technology and IP law and is also a visiting lecturer at the University of London.  He is the author of several established legal texts including Digital Copyright Law and Practice (Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing fifth edition 2019) and Art & Copyright (Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing third edition 2021).

Simon has a background in science and technology and was a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before training as a lawyer.

Simon was recently ranked in Who’s Who Legal for ‘Thought Leaders – Data 2021’ for IT and Data Privacy and Protection.

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Recent Experience

  • Acting for a global financial services business on financial data procurement and business process outsourcing
  • Acting for a global eCommerce business on eCommerce and data privacy advice
  • Advising a financial technology supplier on a cryptoasset registry project
  • Advising a leading supplier of smartcard payment software on technology licensing
  • Procurement advice on a number of cloud technology projects
  • International data transfers and data privacy
  • Open source and software IP policies
  • IP protection of banking technology
  • Advising on a telematics project
  • Competition law advice in the technology sector
  • Advising on an art-related non-fungible token (NFT) platform


  • English


1986 – BA, Oxford University

1988 – MSc, MIT

1992 – Diploma in EC Law, King’s College London

1997 – LLM, University of Wales


1992 – Solicitor, England & Wales