Simon is consistently recognised as a leading Junior in both the leading legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He is acknowledged for his expertise in three categories: crime; professional discipline; and financial and regulatory crime (including health and safety law).
Chambers & Partners (2020) described him as ‘a rising star of the Northern Circuit. He just has that magical something. He’s very switched-on, very clever, very proactive and hard-working.’ The 2021 Edition identifies him as ‘exceptionally bright and very measured in his approach. He is a quality barrister who is really hard-working and very responsive… His attention to detail is brilliant.”
The Legal 500 (2021) assesses him as ‘a hugely impressive advocate, whether he is arguing a complex issue of law before the Court of Appeal or arguing a case before a jury
He is an experienced direct access practitioner, having been authorised by the Bar Standards Board since 2008 to accept instructions directly from members of the public.
All enquiries from the Direct Access Portal will come directly to him by e-mail and he aims to respond to any enquiry on the same day that it is received.
Cost is often a primary factor for anyone seeking legal advice and representation. Instructing a barrister directly is certainly a cost-effective way to obtain advice about your legal problems. Simon can offer a service tailored to your needs and your budget. He is happy to act on a fixed fee basis to ensure that you have certainty about the cost of his service.
Simon is a versatile barrister with expertise in number of jurisdictions. He has an extensive practice specialising in serious criminal litigation, with particular expertise in fraud and regulatory crime, and defending professionals facing disciplinary proceedings.
In the criminal jurisdiction Simon is instructed across the spectrum of serious criminal offending. He is involved in cases of the utmost gravity, sensitivity and complexity.
Simon represents clients accused of breaches of regulations relating to health and safety at work, fire safety, environmental law and trading standards legislation. He is instructed to advise companies and individuals under investigation and to provide representation.
In the field of professional discipline, he has extensive experience representing medical practitioners, dentists, nurses and midwives, pharmacists, healthcare and social workers, solicitors, police officers and other professionals facing investigations into their fitness to practise by their respective regulators.
His areas of expertise complement one another, enabling him to offer a comprehensive service to professional clients seeking advice and representation. He has been described as a ‘legend when it comes to professional disciplinary work’ with a ‘fantastic success rate’ (Chambers & Partners 2019).
He has built a strong reputation with a wide range of clients who value his intellectual ability, tactical acumen and outstanding attention to detail. His client care skills are much praised. He brings diligence, sound judgment and tenacity to every case to ensure the best possible result for his clients.
Simon prides himself on offering a first-rate service and maintaining a close working relationship with those who instruct him.
For more detail about his practice and the areas in which he specialises, please see his entry on Chambers’ website:
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