“Leading junior who concentrates on defending clients facing allegations of serious criminal conduct. He has experience handling murder and firearms cases, including those relating to organised crime. He also handles significant fraud and confiscation matters.”
Strengths: “Great barrister, great with clients, hard-working and very experienced.” “Clients just love him, brilliant in court and very good on tactical decisions.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017
‘He has a wonderful court presence. He is a charismatic figure and is impressive in that fashion. A real jury advocate.‘ – Chambers & Partners, 2016
‘Mainly undertakes defence work, with particular knowledge of all types of fraud and general crime.’ – Legal 500, 2015
Richard Simons has a predominantly defence based practice. He is instructed in a wide variety of cases concerning serious and organised crime. As can be seen below, he has appeared in a large number of significant cases involving offences of Murder (including alleged gangland executions), Robbery, Terrorism, Blackmail, Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Money Laundering, Firearms, Prison Mutiny and Drug Importations.
He is also instructed in a large number of offences of Fraud, including offences of Theft, Mortgage Fraud, PAYE Fraud, DWP Fraud, VAT Fraud and Corruption. He also has a particular interest in Confiscation Hearings and as a result of his practice has significant experience in conducting them. He is often instructed to conduct such hearings even when not briefed in the substantive trial.