Simon Csoka Q.C.
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“never gives up” and is “extremely creative in coming up with new ideas” – Notable Practitioners section of Chambers UK 2010: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession.
Simon Csoka joined Lincoln House in 2010. He specialises in all aspects of criminal law, in particular organised crime, drugs and fraud. Prior to taking silk in 2011, he frequently appeared as a leading junior.
He exclusively defends in serious and complex crime. His practice encompasses substantial gang related turf war conspiracies, murder, complex multi-handed drugs cases, gun running, corruption, evasion of duty, MTIC and serious fraud.
Although based in Manchester, he receives instructions nationally. He has appeared in many high profile cases. As well as his skills as a jury advocate, he is well known for his ability to develop complex legal arguments. He is known for his mastery of detail even in cases with voluminous quantities of evidence. He has an advanced knowledge of computing which can assist with the management of large amounts of evidence.
He has commented on a number of issues on national radio.
Since taking silk he has been instructed to lead for the defence in a number of high profile cases in his first year:
(i) R v Arran Coghlan – A substantial drugs prosecution by QC and two juniors, together with two QC special counsel, of the businessman labelled the “Teflon Don” by the media. The case collapsed during a disclosure application. http://tinyurl.com/6pjhwej
(ii) R v Rebecca Leighton – the Stepping Hill Hospital (Stockport) nurse arrested for the insulin deaths. http://tinyurl.com/8574vyc
(iii) R v Ishaq Hussain , the Pakistani gang grooming murder in which his client, the alleged orchestrator, was acquitted: http://tinyurl.com/7qtgrvw
(iv) R v Kieron Stapleton, the defendant accused of the murder of the Indian student, Anuj Bidve, in Salford who was shot in the head on Boxing Day. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-16437658