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
It was reported in the Guardian last month that Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL, held provisional List X status, until 2013. According to the government’s own website this means it was a company “operating in the UK who are working on UK government contracts...read more
JUDICIAL APPROVAL OF WARRANTS, AUTHORISATIONS AND NOTICES UNDER THE INVESTIGATORY POWERS ACT 2016: a review of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office first Advisory Note.
The Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO) has taken a further step in building confidence as the independent oversight body for surveillance activities by publishing its first Advisory Notice (AN) No. 1/2018 on “Approval of Warrants, Authorisations and...read more