Simon Gladwell

Barrister (Call Date: 1996) email
Simon Gladwell

'Legally knowledgeable with excellent advocacy skills, and able to converse appropriately with lay clients.’”

Legal 500 (2021)

Simon is a seasoned barrister with over 20 years experience, 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. He spceialises in all aspects of Family Law and Criminal Law.

Simon is Public Access qualified and is happy to provide advice and representation direct to both Family Law and also Criminal Law clients.

Family Law

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
  • Injunctions

Criminal Law

As a criminal barrister Simon 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’ and in the 2021 edition he is described as ‘Legally knowledgeable with excellent advocacy skills, and able to converse appropriately with lay clients.’  He defends at all levels throughout East Anglia and London, specialising in crime, quasi-crime and prison law. He also 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.

Below is a brief summary of the main areas of Simon’s expertise:

General Crime

  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Public Order Offences
  • Offences involving Public Justice

Sexual Offences

Simon has represented clients accused of the following allegations:

  • Historical sexual abuse
  • Sexual assaults & Indecent Assault
  • Stalking
  • Possession & Making of Indecent Photographs
  • Breaches of SHPOs and Notification Requirements.

Drugs Offences

  • 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

Courts Martial

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.

Violent Offences

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.

  • Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • GBH with intent
  • Wounding
  • ABH
  • Minor Assaults
  • Violent Disorder
  • Affray

Regulatory Law

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

Prison Law

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

Appeal Cases

Examples of appeal cases Simon has been involved in:

Judicial Review:

  • 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

Simon is also a Door Tenant at 4 Breams Buildings, London.


BA Hons


PABA Public Access Bar Association
CALA Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association
Inner Temple
South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess