Simon receives instructions on Family Law Act and Children Act matters from FHDRAs and DRAs up to Final Hearings.
He also undertakes care work on behalf of all parties involved including Local Authorities, parents and children.
Areas covered by Simon include:
- Care and adoption
- Child arrangements including residence, contact and child abduction
- Domestic abuse
- Matrimonial finance
Simon is Public Access qualified and is happy to provide advice and representation direct to Family Law clients.
Simon is a dedicated barrister with over 20 years experience, and is recognised as a leading (senior) junior in the 2019 edition of the ‘Legal 500’, which highlights his ‘expertise in sexual offences, drugs, fraud and serious violence cases.’ He defends at all levels throughout East Anglia and London, specialising in crime, quasi-crime and prison law.
He prosecutes for CPS (Grade 3), and has experience prosecuting for Local Authorities.
Simon has vast experience in all aspects of general crime, sexual offences, drug offences, violent offences, fraud and corporate crime, proceeds of crime & money laundering, regulatory law, and road traffic law.
Simon represents clients at all levels of being prosecuted, in all courts, including in Courts Martial. He can also advise clients before they have even been interviewed by a Prosecuting Authority in relation to a suspected offence.
He also has a particular interest in appeal cases, whether crime or prison law based. Simon is dedicated to his cases and has an attention to detail. He has a friendly and approachable manner, and is regularly requested by clients he has represented before.
Below is a brief summary of the main areas of Simon’s expertise:
- Public Order Offences
- Offences involving Public Justice
Simon has represented clients accused of the following allegations:
- Historical sexual abuse
- Sexual assaults & Indecent Assault
- Possession & Making of Indecent Photographs
- Breaches of SHPOs and Notification Requirements.
- Conspiracy to supply drugs
- Possession of drugs with intent to supply
- Being concerned in the supply of drugs
Fraud & Corporate Crime
Simon has vast experience in prosecuting such cases and has also had many successes defending people accused of fraud, whether benefit fraud, revenue fraud or other types of fraud. Examples include:
- Carousel Fraud
- VAT Fraud
- Benefit Fraud
Simon is able to provide advice and representation to clients in the military services who face allegations of criminal offences. Recently he successfully argued that a soldier who had stolen from the army was able to remain in the army.
Proceeds of Crime & Money Laundering
Simon has prosecuted and defended many such cases and when defending has often negotiated results favourable to his client.
Whatever the nature or extent of the violence alleged, and however serious, Simon is able to present the best possible case whether to trial or in mitigation for the purposes of sentence. Recently he represented a man at trial at Birmingham Crown Court who was accused of conspiracy to rob a rival motorcycle gang.
- Attempted Murder
- GBH with intent
- Minor Assaults
- Violent Disorder
Simon has experience prosecuting and defending various types of regulatory offences, brought by different prosecuting authorities. He has defended in animal welfare cases, involving allegations of cruelty to animals. In a recent case (2018) he defended a man who was alleged to have breached on many occasions a Disqualification Order made in relation to horses and ponies. He has also experience in relation to defending all manner of trading standards offences.
Motoring & Road Traffic Law
Simon represents all drivers, whether driving for private or for business use. He helps new drivers to stay on the road and drivers at risk of losing their livelihoods to keep their licence. He has vast experience dealing with the full range of road traffic offences whether in the magistrates court or in the Crown Court, from relatively minor traffic offences such as using a mobile phone, to more
Simon represents prisoners at adjudications, at Parole Board hearings in relation to Lifers and other serving prisoners, He has also been involved in a number of cases involving Judicial Review of MAPPA decisions and also of Probation licence conditions
Examples of appeal cases Simon has been involved in:
- Advising on and making a claim about a MAPPA decision
- Advising on and making a claim about Probation Licence Conditions
- Advising on and making a claim about a Parole Board decision.
Appeals Against Conviction & Sentence:
- R v Willliams (2018) : successful appeal against Sentence, reducing the sentence by 1 year.
- Advising in relation to appeal against conviction for murder, following the recent JOGGE, and on CCRC.
- Advising and appealing against conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal in high profile herpes case (causing GBH): R v Golding
PABA Public Access Bar Association
CALA Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association
South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess