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Simon Whitbourn


Simon Whitbourn is a solicitor with over 25 years’ experience of advising central and local government.

After 10 years working for the Government Legal Department, Simon established Knightwood Legal to advise on areas of law including disaster, public international and international maritime law in which he has specialised during his time advising UK central government departments, including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. In addition to his advisory role with these departments, Simon obtained considerable experience of working on public bills and drafting statutory instruments.

Setting up his own practice has enabled him to develop his interest in the laws relating to disaster and disaster management- including disaster risk reduction and disaster or emergency response- as well as the law’s role in preparing for and mitigating climate related disasters.  

Simon also has experience of implementing international conventions and is currently working on a two-year project to review the incorporation of international maritime conventions into national law and draft implementing legislation.

Simon has published texts on human rights law, information law, education law and disaster law.


He retains an interest in education and school governance and continues to research and publish on education law and, in particular, special education, as well as being a school governor.


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