Simon Taylor is an expert litigation lawyer focused on disputes and litigation on the Gold Coast.
Conciliatory where necessary, when it comes to dealing with bullies, he is aggressive in pursuing a client’s rights – more of an attack dog than a lapdog. His aim is not to be the loudest in the room but the smartest and most reasonable person. He has learned that this approach is more effective and achieves a better outcome for his clients.
Simon has been practising as a litigation lawyer since 1998, working first for large city firms and later managing his own medium-sized legal practice on the Gold Coast for almost 10 years. His experience covers various areas from complex building and construction contracts and security of payment disputes to company director and shareholder injunctions, and damages proceedings. He is also skilled at resolving family estate disputes that come with decades of history to unravel and resolve.
Benefits of dealing with Simon Taylor
While experience and expertise are valuable if you’re engaging a litigation solicitor, there is a more compelling reason to employ Simon to work on your behalf: speed.
Simon is well-known for his speed of delivery that vastly exceeds that of most other lawyers with whom he’s had dealings. It’s due to this decisiveness and laser focus that his clients, delighted with the ease of dealing with Simon, never leave.
Why speed matters in litigation
If you’ve ever been involved in a dispute or had to go to court, you’ll understand that one of the worst parts is waiting: waiting for documentation, waiting for your lawyer to tell you what’s happening and, should you need to take a matter all the way, waiting for a court date. When the process is sped up, you have less stress and can get your life and business back on track faster.
Local government expertise
Simon has a detailed legal knowledge of the inner workings of local government councils, especially the Gold Coast City Council. While acting as a Local Government Prosecutor for seven years, he worked on a wide variety of prosecutions including complex planning and environment proceedings relating to development and compliance. This inside knowledge can now be used to your advantage should you find the local council requirements unnecessarily oppressive and restrictive.
Tailored dispute and litigation advice for every budget
Simon is acutely aware that he needs to adapt to each client’s needs. When building a case, he is efficient, strategic and focused so clients achieve the best outcome with his litigation services.
We revel in taking on cases that other lawyers reject as too difficult or that they believe can’t be resolved within the available budget. Our cases are usually the toughest and most complex as these are the most rewarding for both us and our clients.
At Simon Taylor Solicitor, we pride ourselves on always trying to offer clients an outcome – no matter what challenges you face financially or personally. No case is too big or too small, from multi-million-dollar cases to residential property disputes of a few thousand dollars.
How we work with you
1. Meeting and instructions
We meet, take preliminary instructions and give you an estimate of fees for the service. When we agree on the fee structure, we proceed to stage 2.
2. Appropriate action
We take more detailed instructions regarding your case and decide on an appropriate response. This could be anything from a letter of demand to progressing straight to Court proceedings.
Throughout the process, you have the opportunity to negotiate, via our experienced lawyers, with the relevant parties in order to make attempts to settle the dispute as quickly and expeditiously as possible.
Should a Court order settlement conference, mediation or final hearing be unavoidable, our dispute legal team provides you with robust representation and support required up to the conclusion of your matter.
5. Enforcement for default
Once the matter is concluded, our team advises you on enforcement should the other party in the dispute default on any agreement or order obtained through the legal process.
Embedded in the Gold Coast community
Simon is the Queensland Chapter President of the Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association and runs annual conferences for like-minded professionals. He is also involved in a number of local institutions and events.
Need fast, efficient litigation on the Gold Coast?
Simon Taylor | Solicitor is here to help with 20-plus years of expertise in commercial, business or personal litigation.
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Which type of litigation?
Simon has been involved in a number of complex and high profile court cases over the years of his Legal practice. For more information the references are below.
Queensland Uniform Civil Procedure Rules interpretation court proceedings:
Meredith v Palmcam Pty Ltd & Anor  QCA 113  1 Qd R 645 (00/1255)
Queensland Real Property & Put & Call Option Contract court proceedings:
Rice v Ray  QDC 275 (09/0149) Wall QC DCJ 11 August 2009
Collis v Currumbin Investments Pty Ltd  QSC 297 (09/8189) de Jersey CJ 18 September 2009
Queensland Estate Family Provision court proceedings:
Queensland District: 3130/13 TRUSTEE OF THE PROPERTY OF PAUL JASON UHRHANE & another -v- GUNN & another
Queensland Supreme: Anderson v Anderson  QSC 8 (10/4984) Dalton J 22 February 2013
Queensland Supreme: 644/15 GRANT LARTER AND ASHLEIGH SLATER AS PERSONAL REPS OF THE ESTATE OF THE LATE LINA SHIRLEY LARTER & others -v- LARTER & another
New Court Wales Real Property Contract Option proceedings:
van Haandel v Byron Bay Beach Hotel Properties Pty Limited  NSWSC 1484
New South Wales Estate Family Provision court proceedings:
Dight -v- Dight
Queensland Facebook, Instagram and Social media Public Figure & Corporate proceedings:
Platinum Investment Group Pty Ltd v Anderson  QSC 2  3 QLR (17/10745) Burns J 8 January 2018 (10745/17 PLATINUM INVESTMENT GROUP PTY LTD -v- ANDERSON & others)
459/18 PLATINUM INVESTMENT GROUP PTY LTD -v- ANDERSON & others
517/16 EMILY SKYE FIT PTY LTD -v- EVANS
6843/15 EMILY SKYE FIT PTY LTD -v- EVANS
2736/15 EMILY SKYE 30 DAY 2 SHRED PTY LTD & another -v- ANDERSON & another
2149/16 PLATINUM INVESTMENT GROUP PTY LTD -v- ANDERSON & others
Queensland Building and Construction proceedings:
136/17 USHER & SON COATINGS PTY LTD ACN 156 165 801 -v- WUNDA PROJECTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD ACN 093 353 425 & others
7949/18 LTS MINING AND CIVIL PTY LTD -v- PRONTO PROJECTS PTY LTD
1050/18 LTS MINING AND CIVIL PTY LTD -v- PRONTO PROJECTS PTY LTD & others
783/18 PRONTO PROJECTS PTY LTD & another -v- ST HILLIERS PROPERTY PTY LTD & another
341/18 ST HILLIERS PROPERTY PTY LIMITED -v- PRONTO PROJECTS PTY LTD
4938/17 LTS MINING AND CIVIL PTY LTD -v- PRONTO PROJECTS PTY LTD & another
Victorian Real Property Option Contract proceedings:
No. S CI 2018 01427 BROOKLYN LANDFILL & WASTE RECYCLING PTY LTD v. COMMONWEALTH GOLF CLUB INC
Federal Court of Australia - Bankruptcy, Corporations, Intellectual Property, Franchising:
BRG617/2014 Heather Nyssen & Denise Lawrence T/A Trim N Healthy v Slim N Healthy Pty Ltd & Anor (Intellectual Property)
BRG1073/2014 Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Barry John Pickering (Bankruptcy)
BRG998/2016 Andrew Aravanis and Ronil Prakash Roy as Joint and Several Trustees of the Bankrupt Estate of Craig Francis Carroll v Craig Francis Carroll & Ors (Bankruptcy)
BRG1044/2017 USHER & SON COATINGS PTY LTD ACN 156 165 801 v TONY BASILE, GEORGE CHARALABIDIS & BRUNO MARVEGGIO (Bankruptcy)
QUD283/2011 James Milloy v Bovilla 2005 Pty Ltd (Intellectual Property)
QUD561/2016 Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Kanaman Management Pty Ltd ACN 113 734 357 (Corporations)
QUD936/2016 Samuel Eden Hannant & Stephanie Michele Campi v Open Plumbing Pty Ltd ACN 130 887 820 & Nepo Distributions Pty Ltd ACN 160 767 724 & Down The Drain Investments Pty Ltd ACN 142 170 545 (Corporations)
QUD64/2017 IN THE MATTER OF MANTHEY REDMOND (AUST) PTY LTD (IN LIQUIDATION) ACN 130 202 845 (Corporations)
VID514/2015 In the matter of Avestra Asset Management Ltd (in liquidation) (ACN 119 227 440) (Corporations)
Gold Coast City Council Prosecution proceedings:
Dangerous Dogs, Tree Clearing, Parking Offences, Building Offences and Environmental Offences