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Simon GurneyCall To The Bar: 2006
‘Simon is a hugely impressive advocate, whether he is arguing a complex issue of law before the Court of Appeal or arguing a case before a jury.’ Legal 500 (2021)
“He is exceptionally bright and very measured in his approach. He is a quality barrister who is really hard-working and very responsive… His attention to detail is brilliant.” – Chambers & Partners (2021)
‘A rising star of the Northern Circuit. He just has that magical something. He’s very switched-on, very clever, very proactive and hard-working’ – Chambers & Partners (2020)
Simon is consistently recognised as a leading Junior in both the leading legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He is acknowledged for his expertise in three categories: crime; professional discipline; and financial and regulatory crime (including health and safety law).
Simon has an extensive practice specialising in serious criminal litigation and regulatory proceedings, with a particular focus on professional discipline.
He has substantial expertise in defending professionals accused of offences before the criminal courts and of misconduct in proceedings brought by professional regulators. His areas of expertise complement one another, enabling him to offer a comprehensive service to professional clients seeking advice and representation.
He has built a strong reputation with a wide range of clients who value his intellectual ability, tactical acumen and outstanding attention to detail. His client care skills are much praised. He brings diligence, sound judgment and tenacity to every case to ensure the best possible result for his clients.
Simon prides himself on offering a first-rate service and maintaining a close working relationship with those who instruct him.
He is licensed to provide advice and representation under the ‘Public Access’ scheme directly to members of the public.
In the criminal jurisdiction Simon is instructed across the spectrum of serious criminal offending. He is involved in cases of the utmost gravity, sensitivity and complexity. He has particular expertise in defending allegations of fraud and financial crime and conducting cases arising from alleged organised crime, involving murder, firearms, controlled drugs and violence. He has an exceptional track record defending allegations of historic sexual abuse. He is particularly sought after in cases involving voluminous material and cases with a technological aspect.
Simon is often instructed pre-charge in substantial cases to advise upon challenges to search warrants by way of application for judicial review; applications to discharge restraint orders and resisting applications for forfeiture of assets.
For more details about Simon’s criminal expertise and experience, please click on the link to his Criminal Law CV.
Simon also specialises in regulatory law, with a particular focus on professional discipline.
In the field of professional discipline, he has extensive experience representing medical practitioners, police officers, dentists, nurses and midwives, pharmacists, healthcare and social workers, solicitors, chartered surveyors and other professionals facing allegations of professional misconduct or other investigations into their fitness to practise.
Simon is retained to advise practitioners at the early stages of such investigations and, if unable to bring the investigation to a swift end, he provides representation throughout the proceedings, not only before the tribunal but also in appellate proceedings.
He advises practitioners on regulatory matters relating to licensing and registration and regulatory requirements imposed by the regulator, the NHS and the Care Quality Commission.
In the wider regulatory sphere, Simon represents clients accused of breaches of regulations relating to health and safety at work, fire safety, environmental law and trading standards legislation. He is instructed to advise companies and individuals under investigation and to provide representation to those charged with regulatory offences in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court.
Simon is a Category 4 Prosecutor and appointed to the specialist Serious Crime and Proceeds of Crime Panels. Simon is also appointed to List B of the Specialist List of Regulatory Advocates. He is regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Health & Safety Executive to prosecute serious criminal and regulatory offences.
He has also appeared in a number of significant cases before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal arising from allegations of fraud made by HMRC in relation to VAT and excise duty. His extensive experience of fraud in the criminal jurisdiction provides a firm foundation on which to advise individuals and companies challenging decisions of HMRC.
For further details about Simon’s regulatory expertise, please click on the link to his Regulatory / Professional Discipline CV.
In the Legal Directions, Simon is described as follows:
Chambers & Partners 2021
“An esteemed junior with a broad practice spanning regulatory and criminal defence work. His expertise encompasses cross-border investigations and cases concerning allegations of fraud and money laundering.”
“A talented junior, noted for his expert handling of a range of serious criminal matters.”
“Has a sharp mind and is a tactical performer… His legal arguments are brilliant.”
“An advocate with strong expertise in representing police officers and healthcare professionals before their regulatory bodies.”
“He is very straightforward and direct, produces excellent written work and impresses clients.”
Legal 500 2021
“Simon is a quality barrister with a huge intellect. Very good on his feet, great knowledge of the law.”
Previous editions have included the following descriptions:
“A quick thinker and a persuasive advocate. He is sought out due to his encyclopaedic legal knowledge and his ability to apply that to defences and legal arguments. In complicated cases he has an unrivalled mastery of detail.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)
“Gives clear advice and makes clients aware of the weaknesses in their cases and how to improve them. A top-notch barrister.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)
“An outstanding lawyer and formidable advocate.” (Legal 500 2020)
“a legend when it comes to professional disciplinary work” who “has a fantastic success rate” … “calm, considered and methodical in his approach” (Chambers & Partners, 2019)
“that he is an exceptionally good advocate” whose “legal knowledge is amazing” …”‘very professional and very knowledgeable, with a very clear analytic mind to deal with the matters in hand” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
“extremely bright and a master of strategy… a sagacious tactician” (Legal 500, 2019)
“intelligent, persuasive and diligent” (Legal 500, 2018)
“he shows excellent analysis of the evidence, and delivers relevant, well-presented closing speeches” (Legal 500, 2017)
“he is confident on his feet and a strong cross-examiner” (Legal 500, 2016)
“his grasp of the detail is outstanding” (Legal 500, 2015).
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