Simao Paxi-Cato (2010)

Barrister & Mediator

Simao is a civil dispute resolution specialist with a particular expertise in property and construction law, employment & discrimination and regulatory law.

Simao has appeared before most courts, specialist tribunals and bodies up to and including the Court of Appeal. He is both a mediation advocate and an accredited civil and commercial mediator.

Simao accepts instructions through the direct public access scheme as well as through licensed access in appropriate cases.


Property; Construction; Housing; Employment & Discrimination; Chancery, Commercial & Civil Litigation.

Property & Construction

Simao has a particular expertise in commercial and residential landlord and tenant litigation and undertakes a substantial amount of both contentious and non-contentious property work.

His work in this area covers joint venture agreements, the renewal and determination of business leases; building disputes; construction contracts; service charges; trusts of land and beneficial interests; possession proceedings (including mortgages); unlawful eviction; Town and Country Planning Act Injunctions; public and private nuisance.

Notable cases include:

Kazadi v Faparusi v Another September 2015 Legal Action 51

Employment & Discrimination

Simao acts for and advises employers and employees on a broad range of employment law related disputes before the Employment Tribunals and civil courts.

Although his more recent work has focused on discrimination and whistleblowing disputes, his work in this area includes claims for:

  • breach of contract (including restrictive covenants);
  • discrimination, victimisation and harassment;
  • protected disclosures (whistleblowing);  
  • unfair dismissal;
  •  disputes over “worker” status; and
  • claims concerning negligent misstatement.

Simao can also be instructed in respect of non-contentious matters, such as the drafting of contracts of employment and policy documents.

His notable cases include:

Hutchison 3G UK Ltd v Edwards [2014] Eq. L.R. 525

Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti [2016] I.R.L.R. 854

Jhuti v (1) Royal Mail Group (2) The Law Society (3) Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2017] UKEAT 0062_17_3107

Simao is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Discrimination Law Association and is a volunteer for the Free Representation Unit and the ELIPS scheme.

His publications and appearances include:

  • “Time Off for Dependents”, Westlaw UK Insight

Chancery, Commercial & Civil Litigation

Simao undertakes a broad range of chancery, commercial and civil work ranging from professional negligence disputes; claims for breach of contract; company law (with a particular focus on director’s duties) and contentious and non-contentious probate.

His work also covers:

Personal Injury

Simao is often asked instructed in personal injury actions related to claims of stress at work, negligence and/or breach of statutory duty arising out of the parties’ employment relationship.

Simao also undertakes more general personal injury work and in particular, has an interest in international personal injury and holiday claims.

Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law

Simao advises and represents members of the legal and healthcare professions before specialist regulatory bodies and on statutory appeals to the High Court.

Notable cases include:

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Uddin [2014] EWHC 4553 (Admin)

Public & Administrative Law

Simao is experienced in bringing administrative challenges against decisions of local government and public bodies, as well as representing claimants in actions for judicial review.

Notable cases include:

  • R (Hossacks) v The Legal Services Commission [2012] EWCA Civ 1203

About Simao

Interests & Commitments

Simao is a strong proponent of social mobility within the legal profession and is also a regular contributor to the Invictus Chambers Blog.


Qualifications & Awards

  • BA Jurisprudence, Oxford University
  • M.A. (Oxon)
  • Southdown Trust Bursary
  • Bar Vocational Course
  • Public Access
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator



Professional Memberships

  • Civil Mediation Council
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Western Circuit
  • Birmingham Law Society
  • Gray’s Inn
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Free Representation Unit