Dervla Simm#4155

Dervla Simm

Dervla typically acts for companies operating in heavily-regulated industries where the private and public law worlds interact. Her clients include transport providers, tobacco manufacturers and oil and gas companies. Dervla recognises that her clients have to find a way to operate profitably in the face of increasingly burdensome regulation and works with them in their engagement with government and regulators to shape policy and regulation to assist their businesses. As a starting point, Dervla provides her clients with pragmatic legal advice on issues such as UK and EU legislation, commercial human rights, and information rights. But this is just one part of her role. Dervla knows that getting the best for her clients often means combining quality legal advice with smart, timely discussions with governmental and regulatory bodies. By engaging early in this way, her clients are often able to head off issues before they become problems, avoiding the time and costs associated with litigation. Dervla also guides her clients on how to use their interactions with public bodies to tee-up legal arguments when it looks like litigation is likely to be the best or only option. Where litigation is part of a client's strategy, Dervla has experience in acting on a range of contentious matters, including in commercial judicial reviews and information rights appeals.
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Evidence and disclosure in judicial review proceedings―checklist
Evidence and disclosure in judicial review proceedings―checklist

This Checklist considers some of the key issues around evidence and disclosure that parties should consider before and during judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2014


  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association (Executive Committee Member)


  • BA Jurisprudence (Oxford)
  • Legal Practice Course (BPP)

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