Having been a solicitor for ten years before coming to the bar, Simon brings to his practice rich experience of both sides of the legal profession and an understanding of what solicitors seek from counsel. He both prosecutes and defends, advising and representing clients in the whole range of offences in the criminal calendar and a wide range of regulatory cases.
Simon understands that every case is important to the person facing it, whether it be in the Court of Appeal or the local Magistrates’ Court.
He has a particular interest and acclaimed expertise in cases where those accused of crime have mental health or intellectual difficulties. He represented the successful appellant in the reported case of R v C , in which the Court of Appeal considered the law of insanity, automatism, voluntary intoxication and the mens rea of aggravated arson.
He is turned to in sensitive cases, such as that of a severely autistic man charged with a serious assault arising out of “road rage” or that of a troubled thirteen-year-old boy accused of sexual offences against an even younger girl.
His collaborative approach, rapport and sympathy, coupled with cogent advice and effective advocacy, are appreciated by clients and solicitors alike.
Scholarships and Memberships
- Grays Inn
- Western Circuit
- Criminal Bar Association
BA (Hons), Bristol; ARCO; LTCL