Simon GurneyCall To The Bar: 2006
‘Extremely bright and a master of strategy… A sagacious tactician.’ – The Legal 500, 2018
Simon is ranked as a leading Junior in both the leading legal directories: The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
The Legal 500 (2017 Edition) identifies Simon as a leading Junior, recommended in the fields of criminal law and professional discipline. The editors say that he is “intelligent, persuasive and diligent.” Previous editions have commented that “he shows excellent analysis of the evidence, and delivers relevant, well-presented closing speeches” (2016); “he is confident on his feet and a strong cross-examiner” (2015) and that “his grasp of the detail is outstanding” (2014).
Chambers & Partners (2018 Edition) includes Simon as a ranked Junior in the field of professional discipline. The editors describe him as “an advocate with strong expertise in representing police officers and healthcare professionals before their regulatory bodies… experienced in everything from FTP hearings to High Court and Court of Appeal advocacy.” Referees commented on his strengths: “That he is an exceptionally good advocate” whose “legal knowledge is amazing.” He is described as “very professional and very knowledgeable, with a very clear analytic mind to deal with the matters in hand.”
Simon is a versatile practitioner with an extensive practice that combines serious criminal litigation and professional disciplinary / regulatory proceedings. He has substantial expertise in defending professionals and public sector employees accused of criminal offences in the course of their employment or profession, and in misconduct 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 is sought after in cases of the utmost gravity, sensitivity and complexity.
In the criminal jurisdiction he is instructed across the spectrum of serious criminal offending, principally to defend but also on behalf of the prosecution. He has appeared in recent high-profile cases, including R v Archer (murder by arson) and R v Dale Cregan and others (murder of two police officers). He is particularly sought after in cases involving voluminous material and cases with a financial/business or technological aspect. He has particular expertise in defending allegations of historic sexual abuse, health and safety and other regulatory cases (including fatalities) and substantial drugs conspiracies. Simon also has experience in cases concerning forfeiture and asset restraint.
Simon is currently instructed to defend in a VHCC prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office at Liverpool Crown Court, in which the trial has been ongoing for four months.
In the field of professional discipline, Simon’s extensive experience encompasses proceedings instigated by regulators including the GMC, NMC, GPhC, HCPC and the SRA and police misconduct hearings, not only at first instance but also in appellate proceedings, whether before the Police Appeals Tribunal, the High Court or the Court of Appeal.
Simon was recently instructed to defend a Consultant plastic surgeon before the High Court and Court of Appeal in what is now the leading case in healthcare regulation concerning the exercise of the discretion to proceed in the absence of a practitioner (GMC v Adeogba  1 WLR 2867).
He also has experience of pursuing applications for judicial review, in relation to the issue and execution of search warrants and decisions of inferior tribunals and public authorities.
Simon has also appeared in a number of significant cases in relation to allegedly fraudulent reclaims of input tax, before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
He has a particular interest in cases that raise issues concerning human rights and civil liberties and regularly advises on civil actions against the police.
The success of Simon’s practice is founded upon his ability to build a good rapport with clients and tribunals alike. 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, whether a professional client or lay client instructing him directly. He is always contactable, at any time of day, to provide advice or guidance.
Simon is a member of Chambers’ practice teams in: Criminal Law; Business Crime and Financial Regulation; Professional Discipline; Judicial Review; Tax Appeals; Civil Police Actions; and Prison Law.
He is licensed to provide advice and representation under the ‘Public Access’ scheme directly to members of the public.
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