Simon grew up in Toowoomba before studying literature and law at the University of
Queensland in Brisbane.
His first job was in Sydney at the Redfern Legal Centre working for disadvantaged
and vulnerable clients with financial problems.
He worked for Legal Aid, then as Australian Deputy Telecommunications
Ombudsman, and now as a Brisbane barrister primarily practicising in commercial
Simon was a founding member of the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing
House (now LawRight), and has served on numerous boards and committees of
organizations in the legal and community sectors over the years. He is currently a
member of the Law Council of Australia’s Consumer Law Committee.
In his spare time Simon writes novels His three published novels are The War
Artist (2019), Closer to Stone (2012) and The Comfort of Figs (2008).
Simon talks about:
Growing up in Toowoomba and how his father and the school he attended
helped foster his interest in social justice;
Why a trip to West Affica was instrumental in changing his career from an
environmental agriculturalist to a lawyer;
His introduction to Justice Michael Kirby as a callow youth;
The benefits of working for organisations that aim to help ordinary people
pursue legal careers;
How he found the time to write three books whilst pursuing a busy legal
Juggling a personal and professional life; and
so much more.
Joining me to interview Simon is Alisa Cleary a trained teacher,educator and Simon’s
My thanks to Simon and Alisa.
You can contact Simon at his website