Simon Gurney

Call To The Bar: 2006


Simon is ranked by the leading legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of both professional discipline and criminal law.

The latest editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners feature Simon as a leading junior for professional discipline. He is recognised by the editors of Chambers & Partners 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.” His referees commented on his strengths: “He is an exceptionally good advocate and his legal knowledge is amazing” and “I found him to be very professional and very knowledgeable, with a very clear analytic mind to deal with the matters in hand.”

Simon is also recognised by the editors of the Legal 500 as a leading junior in the field of criminal law. The editors say he is: “intelligent, persuasive and diligent” (2017 Edition); ‘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).

Simon is a versatile practitioner with a well-established practice that combines serious criminal litigation and professional disciplinary / regulatory proceedings. His areas of expertise complement one another, enabling him to offer a comprehensive service to professional clients seeking advice and representation.

In crime, Simon is instructed in cases of the utmost gravity, sensitivity and complexity. He is particularly sought after in cases concerning alleged financial crime, sexual offending and cases involving voluminous and complex material. He has a particular expertise in cases with a technological aspect and cases concerning asset recovery, confiscation, cash forfeiture and restraint.

Simon has extensive experience in representing professionals and public sector employees in relation to allegations of criminal conduct and gross misconduct arising out of their employment. He is well known for his regulatory expertise and has regularly appeared in cases brought by the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other professional regulators, in addition to defending in Police misconduct hearings around the country.

Additionally, he has experience conducting cases before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and Upper Tribunal and pursuing applications for judicial review in the High Court. He has a particular interest in cases that raise issues concerning human rights and civil liberties and advises on civil actions against the police and issues concerning prison law.

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 professional clients who value his accessibility and willingness to take ownership of cases, his client care skills and his reputation for thorough preparation and attention to detail.

Simon prides himself on offering a first-rate service and maintaining a close working relationship with those who instruct him. He is always contactable, at any time of day, by e-mail or mobile telephone to provide advice or guidance. He brings diligence, sound judgment and tenacity to every case to ensure the best possible result for his clients.

Simon is a member of Chambers’ practice teams in: Criminal Law; Business Crime and Financial Regulation; Professional Discipline, Judicial Review and Prison Law.

He is licensed to represent members of the public under the ‘Public Access’ scheme.