Paul (Shmuli) Simon is Director of Legal Services at Integrity, the only law firm in England and Wales with a property management department that is regulated by ARMA.
Shmuli’s niche is leasehold law in relation to blocks of flats. He represents leaseholders but also, he acts for developers, freeholders, RMCs and Section 24 managers. Currently, he is working with managing agents to provide them with in-house legal services and he does so on the strict understanding that Integrity will never manage a building from the managing agent’s portfolio. Shmuli is also able to provide solicitors with nominees for Section 24 management and on those occasions, he happily leaves the legal work to those instructing him. Shmuli is a regular contributor to NOTB’s Q&A column and he lectures on various aspects of leasehold law, including RMC directors’ fiduciary duties.
Shmuli trained and qualified into the London office of an American law firm and spent four years working in the Middle East on corporate transactions and litigation. His first foray into the world of leasehold law came in February 2012, when he advised a RMC on a matter of company law but his passion for this area of the law was ignited when he was asked to advise on a Section 24 application to appoint a manager, in proceedings that culminated with the freeholder being committed to prison for 12 months, for breach of the management order he successfully obtained!
Away from the office, Shmuli enjoys spending time with his family and sampling new single malts.