“A highly respected figure in the Criminal Defence Bar, who handles a range of complex and high-value fraud cases. Areas of strength include cases involving allegations of missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud.
Strengths: “Very good on issues such as disclosure and dismissal. He is very active pre-trial, looking for anything which can bring an end to the case before it gets anywhere near a jury.” “Great, extremely intelligent. A very good approach to matters.”
Recent work: Acted in R v Anthony O’Neill, regarding long-running allegations of missing trader fraud and income tax fraud in relation to the construction industry.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017
“A leader in his field with a national reputation; he is a formidable opponent.” – Legal 500 2016
Ranked Band 1 Chambers and Partners 2015: “He is an incredibly good advocate.”
Legal 500 2015 Band 1: “Devastating in cross-examination.”
Ranked Band 1 Chambers and Partners 2016: “He looks into the detail thoroughly and he’s an extremely good cross-examiner.”
Legal 500 2016, Band 1: “An exceptional advocate in the most complex of cases.”
Simon specialises in all aspects of criminal law, in particular organised crime, drugs and fraud. He has defended many high profile cases such as Dale Cregan, Kieron Stapleton, Arran Coghlan, Rebecca Leighton and Operation Elveden.
He exclusively defends in serious and complex crime. His practice encompasses substantial gang related turf war conspiracies, murder, complex multi-handed drugs cases, gun running, corruption, evasion of duty, MTIC and serious fraud.
He has appeared in many high profile cases. He recently defended John Hardy, a former sergeant major, in Operation Elveden who was accused of selling stories about Prince William and Prince Harry to The Sun. He is the only source to be acquitted by a jury in those trials. As well as his skills as a jury advocate, he is well known for his ability to develop complex legal arguments. He is known for his mastery of detail even in cases with voluminous quantities of evidence. He has an advanced knowledge of computing which can assist with the management of large amounts of evidence.
He led for the defence in the first case in which an application for independent special counsel for disclosure was granted [R v Greaves].
He has defended a number of solicitors in recent years who have found themselves charged with criminal offences.
He will provide an extremely comprehensive and involved service together with a robust defence to those charged with more minor offences who wish to pay privately.
He also appears in Sport Regulatory work and has appeared before the FA Appeal Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. In 2012 he succeeded in restoring Bradford City FC to the FA cup after they were disqualified.