Simon Gurney

Call To The Bar: 2006


Simon is ranked as a leading Junior in the field of criminal law in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500. The editors say that ‘he shows excellent analysis of the evidence, and delivers relevant, well-presented closing speeches’ (2016); ‘he is confident on his feet and a strong cross-examiner’ (2015) and that ‘his grasp of the detail is outstanding’ (2014).

Simon is a versatile practitioner with a well-established practice that combines serious criminal litigation and professional disciplinary / regulatory proceedings. His areas of expertise complement one another, enabling him to offer a comprehensive service to professional clients seeking advice and representation.

In crime, Simon is instructed in cases of the utmost gravity, sensitivity and complexity. He is particularly sought after in cases concerning alleged business crime, sexual offending and cases involving voluminous and complex material. He has a particular expertise in cases with a technological aspect and cases concerning asset recovery, confiscation, cash forfeiture and restraint.

Simon has extensive experience in representing professionals and public sector employees in relation to allegations of criminal conduct and gross misconduct arising out of their employment. He is well known for his regulatory expertise and has regularly appeared before Police misconduct hearings around the country, and in cases brought by the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other professional regulators.

Additionally, he has experience conducting cases before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and Upper Tribunal and pursuing applications for judicial review in the High Court. He has a particular interest in cases that raise issues concerning human rights and civil liberties and regularly advises on civil actions against the police and issues concerning prison law.

The success of Simon’s practice is founded upon his ability to build a good rapport with clients and tribunals alike. He has built a strong reputation with a wide range of professional clients who value his accessibility and willingness to take ownership of cases, his client care skills and his reputation for thorough preparation and attention to detail.

Simon prides himself on offering a first-rate service and maintaining a close working relationship with those who instruct him. He is always contactable, at any time of day, by e-mail or mobile telephone to provide advice or guidance. He brings diligence, sound judgment and tenacity to every case to ensure the best possible result for his clients.

Simon is a member of Chambers’ practice teams in: Criminal Law; Business Crime and Financial Regulation; Professional Discipline, Judicial Review and Prison Law.

He is licensed to represent members of the public under the ‘Public Access’ scheme.