Welcome to the Chambers of Simon McKay
Barrister Simon McKay is a civil liberties and human rights law practitioner whose key area of specialism is national security law including terrorism and covert policing law, police powers, information, media and technology law — particularly where they intersect with public law, serious crime, regulatory and disciplinary cases.
Barrister Simon McKay
Simon has vast experience of dealing with the most serious criminal cases at trial and on appeal including appearing in the Court Martial and the Court Martial Appeal Court, He has also conducted numerous complex inquests and has advised and appeared in public inquiries.
His civil work encompasses judicial review and actions against and, in some cases for, the state, police and other public authorities as well as media and technology law matters, usually where there is some cross over with the exercise of state powers.
He has appeared extensively in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, in particular sports disciplinary matters, having prosecuted serious sexual misconduct cases for a range of national sports bodies.
Frequently appearing against some of the country’s leading QCs, Simon has also acted for solicitors, barristers, accountants and members of the medical profession in disciplinary proceedings.
Recent Posts From Simon’s Blog on Covert Policing
During a six-month period this year, an estimated 15 million people were caught by CCTV images at Manchester’s iconic shopping precinct, the Trafford Centre. Anyone who has visited the centre will readily see the obligatory notices warning that the use of CCTV was in...read more
In Defence of Juvenile Covert Human Intelligence Sources: demythologising recent reports on the use of “child spies”
On 12 July 2018, the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Select Committee (the Select Committee) published a report on proposed Investigatory Powers Orders laid under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000). One of the proposed Orders included the...read more