Simon is presently instructed in a range of serious criminal and civil cases



Recent examples of his work include

R v A (appeal against sentence where defendant subsequently provided intelligence to police about serious offending) 

M and four others v UK (application to European Court of Human Rights on Article 2 grounds: failure of duty to investigate multiple murders)

B v Trinity Mirror (image of wrong person published alongside article related to convicted drug-dealer; affected person successfully recovered damages for defamation) 

R (on the application of R) v A Local Authority (permission for judicial review granted on issue of access to a court)

Re: X (advising on scope of serious criminal investigation arising out of use of undercover police officer)

R v NN (led by former senior treasury counsel, Orlando Pownall QC in successful defence of father of international football players and netball coach)

R v H (appeal against conviction based on violations of rule against self-incrimination)

R v P (appeal against conviction based on failure to authorise informant as a CHIS)

B v National Sports Regulatory Body (advised on allegations of impropriety and threat of injunction against regulator).

Re A Child (resisted application by third party for disclosure of sensitive police intelligence relating to a double murder inquiry)

National Sports Regulatory Body v R (prosecuted a senior sports coach for allegations of sexual misconduct in relation to minors)

R (on application of P) v A Police Force (judicial review of police seizure and search of lawyer’s laptop, which settled after permission granted)

A local authority v A (instructed by a local authority to resist a defence application to exclude covert surveillance evidence and stay proceedings in a significant trading standards prosecution)

R (on the application of T) v Judge Advocate General (judicial review of refusal by JAG to refer a case back to the Court Martial, which settled after permission was granted)

Re: A (deceased) (inquest proceedings during which Simon successfully resisted an attempt by an insurer to allow a verdict of suicide to be left to the jury)

WYP v A and others (successfully resisted applications for Sexual Harm Protection Orders against a number of suspects under investigation for child sexual exploitation, including obtaining a rare defence costs order)



He has also appeared in the following reported or otherwise significant cases:




R v (on the application of A and others) Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and Central Criminal Court [2017] [WLR(D) 339] (application to quash search warrants obtained against a barrister and solicitors during a conspiracy to murder investigation)


R (on the application of BSkyB) v Central Criminal Court [2014] UKSC 17 (represented SAS officer as an interested party in an appeal relating to a secret hearing to obtain production order, later held to be unlawful)


R v Nightingale [2012] EWCA Crim 2734 (SAS soldier’s conviction quashed following improper judicial pressure to plead guilty)


R (on the application of Bamber) v CCRC [2012] EWHC 3768 (Admin) (application for permission to judicially review Criminal Cases Review Commission following refusal to refer application back to Court of Appeal in respect of multiple murder convictions)


R v C [2011] EWCA Crim 1845 (represented a special forces support group NCO in Court Martial Appeal case reversing judge advocate’s decisions on what constituted a PACE interview and admission of hearsay evidence; he was later cleared)


Corporate Officer of the House of Commons v Information Commissioner [2008] EWHC 1084 (Admin); [2009] 3 All E.R. 403; [2008] A.C.D. 71; (2008) 105(23) L.S.G. 24; (2008) 158 N.L.J. 751; Times, May 22, 2008 (MP’s expenses)


R (on the application of the Ministry of Defence) v Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner, Queen’s Bench Division (Administrative Court), 19 April 2005, [2005] EWHC 889 (Admin); [2006] 1 W.L.R. 134; [2005] 4 All E.R. 40; [2005] Inquest L.R. 48; Times, May 5, 2005 (renewed inquest into the death of a serviceman in 1953 at Porton Down, the MOD’s human experimentation facility)


R v Mark Dallagher [2002] EWCA Crim 1903 (murder conviction based on ear print evidence quashed – handed over to Bindman & Partners on Simon’s appointment as government adviser in 2000)


R v Clegg (1995) 1 All ER 334 (paratrooper accused of murder whilst on duty in Northern Ireland)