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Simon Blakebrough

Year of call 2011  

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"Simon is a brilliant barrister to work with: pro-active, clever, extremely thorough and with a lovely manner in court that gets results. He is also the opposite of stuffy, so clients tend to feel comfortable with him. From a solicitor's point of view he is great because he is very responsive."

Alex Preston, Olliers Solicitors.

"Simon is a lovely barrister to work with and a pleasure to instruct. Clients feel very at ease with him and find him extremely easy to get on with due to his friendly nature. From my experience, he also achieves excellent results in Court. Simon is very helpful when it comes to assisting in preparing cases, to always being on the other side of a telephone/email to discuss any queries I as a Litigator may have. I find him extremely helpful and goes above and beyond to assist when needed."

Siobhan McGuiness, VHS Fletchers.

"Simon is an excellent barrister and is one of my top choices for difficult cases. His case preparation is always proactive and meticulous. His manner puts our clients at ease from the first meeting and we always receive fantastic feedback from our clients who speak very highly of him."

Stacey Mabrouk, Olliers Solicitors.

"Extremely conscientious, professional and hardworking, good rapport with clients and had some very good results! Would definitely recommend him to clients and other professionals."

John Black, John Black Solicitors.


With over 26 years experience in Criminal Law Simon is a highly experienced advocate instructed in both prosecution and defence work.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1997 Simon began his career as a criminal defence specialist in London before moving to Manchester in 2001 when he worked for Platt Halpern Solicitors as an assistant and then partner from 2005.  After qualifying as a solicitor advocate in 2003,  Simon has practised in the higher criminal courts, transferring to the bar in 2011. He has undertaken jury trials, and other work in the Crown Court for over 20 years, both prosecuting and defending serious crime.

Simon’s experience consists of serious and complex criminal offences including rape, historical sexual abuse, murder, fraud and major drug conspiracies. He is instructed as a led junior in cases of murder and complex Encrochat Operations.

Simon is recognised for his meticulous and thorough preparation , but also a calm and approachable manner, which immediately puts both professional and lay clients at ease, often in challenging circumstances.

He is a highly effective jury advocate with an excellent track record of results from either side of the court. His ability to navigate highly sensitive cases, often with young and vulnerable witnesses or defendants with mental health issues or other specialist needs is a distinguishing ability, sought by those that instruct him.





Whilst mainly appearing in the higher criminal courts Simon also specialises in defending clients for motoring offences in the Magistrates Court. Simon also now sits as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court).

Simon is registered under the Direct Access Scheme and can take instructions directly from members of the public.

Simon has been an advocacy assessor for the BPP Law School since 2012 and taught advanced criminal litigation at the Manchester Metropolitan University for five years.

Simon also regularly trains detectives in police forces around the country, including for the Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, North Wales, Cheshire, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, Humberside Police forces. Subjects include police interview techniques/procedure, the role of the defence and prosecution within the criminal justice system, bad character, hearsay, and court room skills.

Simon also has significant regulatory experience, including appearing before the General Medical Council (GMC) in Fitness to Practice proceedings, the Health and Care Professions Tribunal (HCPT) and before the Traffic Commissioner in Public Enquiries concerning HGV/PSV licences. He is also expanding his experience in police misconduct hearings.


  • R v Townson 2023 (and others - Operation Goodfella). Defending in multi-defendant conspiracy to defraud and money laundering trial.
  • R v Ankers (2023). Successful prosecution of defendant charged with serious sexual assaults recorded on mobile phone.
  • Health and Care Professions Council v DL. Represented psychologist in  7 day fitness to practice hearing.
  • Operation Malange. Prosecution. Led in multi-defendant Encrochat drugs conspiracy.
  • R V Anthony George 2022. Murder. Led by Kings Counsel. Leader contracted COVID during the case, so prosecuted several days of trial as sole advocate. Defendant convicted.
  • R v Alothman 2022. Successful prosecution of defendant charged with rape of young student in Bolton.
  • R v De-bruin. Prosecution of cyclist charged after fatal collision with a pedestrian.
  • R v John Owen. 2022 Death by dangerous driving. Defence
  • R v Ogun dare and Emmanuel  2020 - Successfully prosecuted two defendants in a 13 day trial, charged with serious physical and sexual abuse of two young children.
  • R v C 2019 - Successfully prosecuted defendant charged with multiple serious robberies of vulnerable victims.
  • R v K 2019 - Secured acquittal of defendant at trial charged with multiple knife assaults
  • R v DC 2018 - Led by KC. Represented lead defendant in 3 month trial for historical physical abuse in 1970s and 1980s at a residential school in Cumbria.
  • R v S 2017 - Prosecuted man charged with multiple serious sexual offences against young children in 2 separate, 2 week trials; some allegations historical and some recent. Multiple complainants, one 7 years old at trial. Defendant sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
  • R v MT 2018 - Defended boy charged with serious sexual offences against a 10 year old child
  • R v SJ 2018 - Solely represented defendant in 3 week trial charged with Conspiracy to Rob. Co-accused charged with murder. Both prosecution and co-accused represented by KC and Junior.
  • R v KB 2018 - Defended at trial/re-trial defendant charged with multiple rape counts against 7 year old child – defendant ultimately acquitted.
  • R v BMcG 2018 - Represented defendant (OCG Leader) in Conspiracy to Supply Drugs and separate s.18 GBH trial. Sentenced to 19 years imprisonment.
  • R v NB 2018 - Defended at trial man charged with rape. Prosecuted by leading counsel.
  • R v McG and others 2017 - Prosecuted multiple defendants charged with kidnap, s.18, and false imprisonment in 2 week trial.
  • R v AB 2019 - Prosecuted at trial man charged with historical serious sexual offences against 3 separate children.
  • R v QN 2017 - Defended at trial man accused of firearms offences.
  • R v SH 2018 - Prosecuted at trial and subsequent re-trial defendant accused of multiple rape counts against complainant who alleged she was drugged and assaulted.
  • R v LC 2017 - Represented vulnerable young defendant (ADHD/Autism) at trial for allegations of kidnap, false imprisonment and s.18 GHB by gang. Intermediary allowed for the defendant throughout the trial.
  • R v OA 2018 - Represented young defendant at trial charged with grooming/sexual activity with a child/child abduction.
  • R v PK 2017 - Represented former board director of Asda in fraud/theft case. Nearly £200k taken.
  • R v KF 2018 - Prosecuted at trial defendant charged with serious assault and false imprisonment against former partner.
  • R v GK 2019 - Represented lead defendant in multiple defendant conspiracy to import/supply/manufacture spice.  Defendant was alleged to have conducted this operation partly from his prison cell.
  • R v DR 2019 - Represented defendant charged with rape and the serious sexual offences against a 12 year old child.
  • R v VC 2018/9 - Represented man charged with attempted rape and other serious sexual offences. Defendant has a brain injury due to road traffic accident. s.37/s.41 Hospital Order/Restriction made.


Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court) Jan 2022
Prosecuting Panel Level 4
CPS Rape and Child Sexual Abuse Panel
CPS Serious Crime Panel Level 3
CPS Fraud Panel Level 3
Solicitors Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Courts) 2003

Scholarships and Prizes

Prosecuting Panel Level 4
CPS Rape and Child Sexual Abuse Panel
Solicitors Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Courts) 2003


Criminal Bar Association
Northern Circuit
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


Manchester University - BA (Econ) Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Government and Politics
Manchester Metropolitan University - Legal Practice Course - pass with distinction
Manchester Metropolitan University - Common Professional Examination - pass with commendation

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