In the media

Providing expertise on a range of sector topics and issues. Building awareness and supporting better consumer outcomes.

In recent years Simon Cox has been a regular contributor to the media. From high profile appearances on BBC breakfast TV, BBC Morning Live, Sky News and BBC radio 4, to frequent requests for national and regional newspaper comment.

As a genuine leader within the industry, Simon provides independent and expert opinion on the rising cost of funerals, quality and standards, funeral poverty, state funeral benefits, bereavement, and FCA regulation of the £2bn funeral plan market. He has also provided comment on issues with simple online wills and as part of CMA investigation into the unregulated wills market in the UK.

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Latest media coverage

BBC1 Morning Live

Discussing issues with simple wills
September 2023

Today's Wills and Probate

FCA pre-paid probate warning, January 2023

Funeral Service Journal

Consumer attitudes to ashes, September 2022

Swiss RE Term & Healthwatch 2022

Commentary on funeral planning
May 2022

Law Society Gazette

FSE warning about simple online wills, October 2021

NAFD | Funeral Director Monthly

FCA compliance support called for by funeral directors [Page 20].
September 2021

Today's Wills & Probate

Cutting out the cowboys from the funeral plan market – positive outcomes of FCA regulation., July 2021


Talking about rising costs of burials.


On BBC breakfast talking about public health funerals and direct cremation and burials.

In Parliament

At the UK parliamentary select committee in Westminster, talking standards and regulation.

Money Saving Expert

Funeral plan guidance
August 2023


FSE consumer research ashes
ICCM Winter 2022 Journal, November 2022

Funeral Service Journal

How consumers judge new body disposal methods, May 2022

This Is Money

Are unregulated pre-paid probate plans the new Wild West?, April 2022

Daily Express

Simple online wills could cost a family their inheritance – findings from FSE research., October 2021

Funeral Service Journal

What independent funeral directors should be asking their funeral plan providers ahead of FCA regulation., August 2021

International Death, Dying and Disposal Conference

Delivering the Keynote speech about the consequences of technology, transparency and regulation and impact on the Funeral Sector.
University of Bath, 2019

In the general press

Quoted in national and regional titles including Daily Mirror, The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Economist.

Latest press releases

Simple Online Wills - 21st October 2021

Rise in simple online wills fuelled by pandemic could lead to significant increase in contested wills finds new research