A wealth of experience covering all areas of criminal defence work. From complex missing-trader frauds through to gang related murder. Hitmen to poisoners, professional fraudsters to election rigging. His practice is wide-reaching and involves complex evidence.
Simon has been instructed in numerous sensitive rape, and sexual assault trials involving vulnerable witnesses both complainants and defendants. He has also developed a specialist knowledge of human trafficking cases, involving all forms, from refugees in lorries to young women brought to the UK for the sex industry and then traded as assets by the gang masters. He has an unparalleled breadth of experience in the field.
His experience also extends to countless drug conspiracies, importations, kidnap, and blackmail cases both as leading and junior counsel.
Notable Crime cases
R v Shiek  Birmingham Crown Court
Firearms. Kidnap of opposing gang member. Torture and blackmail.
R v Musa  Woolwich Crown Court
Attempted murder. Gangland shooting. Possession of firearms. OCG.
R v Roberts  Wood Green Crown Court
Tube train stalker. Attacked and assaulted multiple women having followed them home. Acquitted.
R v Cripps [2017/8] 3 re-trials Maidstone Crown Court
Finally acquitted of attempted murder, robbery, possession of firearms. Forensic attack on the work of the forensic material and on going disclosure leading to the Crown finally offering no evidence.
R v Ward  Shrewsbury Crown Court
Historic allegations of rape and abuse of extended family going back over 30 years. Acquitted.
R v Brown  Central Criminal Court
Leading counsel in double attempted murder. Gang shooting.
R v Mehmet [2016/2018] Blackfriars Crown Court
Unique case where in the first trial of forced arranged marriage, rape and torture the Judge ordered the indictment to “lie on the file not to be proceeded without leave of the Crown Court or Court of Appeal”. Prosecution re-opened the trial after the complainant was discharged form mental health hospital and leave was granted to proceed with second trial. Acquitted of all counts.