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Simon Jackson KC

Year of call 1982, Gray's Inn

Year of Silk 2003  

Areas of Expertise
Criminal, Regulatory and Professional Discipline Group, Inquests & Public Inquiries

'Strongly recommended in Health & Safety/Regulatory'

Legal 500 2011-2012

"Recommended; has particular expertise in medically complex cases"

Legal 500, 2010-2011

"Recommended; is outstanding in HSE cases, and is noted for instructions of technical complexity."

Legal 500 2008-2009

Professional Discipline

Simon Jackson KC appears before Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Fitness to Practice Hearings, instructed on behalf of the General Medical Council.

He was recently instructed in fitness to practice proceedings concerning the prescribing of ‘puberty blockers’ and ‘gender affirming hormones’ to young adolescent trans patients by a general practitioner, and by a retired consultant gastroenterologist, (who also separately prescribed testosterone to body builders, in combination with so called ‘stacking’ drugs, routinely used/abused in order to mitigate the effects of excess levels of testosterone).

Simon conducted professional disciplinary proceedings involving the obtaining, by a national/international cycling team doctor [Dr F], of testosterone, with a view to administering it to an athlete, in order to improve that athlete’s performance.

Recently conducted professional disciplinary proceedings involving a middle grade psychiatrist prescribing significant quantities of medication to unseen ‘medical tourists’, in relation to medical disorders outside his area of competence.

Also extensive experience, both as junior and ‘in silk’, of representing police officers in relation disciplinary and criminal proceedings.

Featured Professional Discipline cases 

General Medical Council v Dr HW [2021/2022]

General Medical Council v Dr MW [2022]

General Medical Council v Dr F [2020/2021]

Johnson-Ogbuneke v General Medical Council [2016] 1471 (Admin)

Dowson v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 3379 (Admin)
Case involving conduct of a UK based multi-centre industry sponsored medical device clinical trial.

Beddi v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 2213 (Admin) 

Makki v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 769 (Admin)

GMC v Dr. P [August 2012]
Prosecution of pathologist. Dr P was struck off the Medical Register for misconduct and deficient professional performance by a Fitness to Practise Panel arising out his conduct of a number of autopsies, including that of Ian Tomlinson, who was fatally injured during the G20 demonstration in London in April 2009, and Ms. Sally White, one of the murder victims of the so called ‘Camdem Ripper’, Anthony Hardy.


Simon has been regularly instructed on behalf of police officers both in disciplinary and criminal proceedings, both as a junior and in ‘silk’.


Both as a junior, and in ‘silk’, Simon Jackson has been instructed in serious regulatory and criminal cases.

The Health and Safety work has involved representing both individuals and corporate clients.

For example, acting for a self-builder/care home proprietor in criminal proceedings in relation to a fatal fall involving a vulnerable elderly resident, whose fall arose from alleged historic structural defects in terms of the design and construction of the home’s wooden staircase, and the more recent management failures of inspection re: the historic defects. All this against the background of allegations of cost cutting by the contractor, when the design specification was agreed.

Simon co-presented, with Mr Justice Mark Turner, the Capita Symonds Annual H&S Lecture in London, in May 2013, arising out of the R v Lion Steel Equipment Limited [2012] case.

Expert Witness Institute Online Conference: ‘Lessons from Court’ Panellist [May 2022]

Featured Health & Safety cases

R v Dinesh Gokani [2015] Crown Court at Leicester
Defending a Local Authority prosecution under s3(1) Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, relating to a fatality in a residential care home, where issues of defective design and inspection arose.

R v Lion Steel Equipment Limited [2012] Manchester Crown Court
Corporate Manslaughter prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. The Company pleaded guilty at the close of the Prosecution case and it was fined £480,000 and ordered to pay substantial costs, in respect of fatal accident at factory premises where an employee fell through a roof light on a fragile roof.

R v Shah Nawaz Pola [2009] EWCA Crim 655
Re: the definition of an ’employer’ re: ‘migrant workers’, under s53 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

R v HTM [Hatton Traffic Management] & Colas [2008] Teesside Crown Court


Simon has also been involved in a number of high profile inquests, involving deaths in hospitals and police stations, (one of which was the longest running single death inquest). This inquest, in which counsel acted for a Health Authority (see below) resulted in Administrative Review Proceedings, and manslaughter charges being brought against some of the police officers involved in the alleged unlawful killing of the deceased. [R v Hull Coroner for East Riding of Yorkshire & Kingston-upon-Hull, (ex parte Dawson & Others [2001] EWHC 352 (Admin) & ACD 365

Simon was recently involved in advisory work pre-inquest concerning the Shoreham Air Show fatal accidents, and separately, in relation to sudden unexpected death following ‘failure’ of an elective ‘minimal access’ mitral valve repair, and left atrial appendage occlusion, which failures lead to the patient’s cardiac arrest and death, resulting in a verdict of ‘misadventure.

Simon acted for a client operating a privately run detention facility where a detainee died [of natural causes] whilst in custody, and for a local authority where a teenage youth committed suicide after an initial assessment by social services, giving rise to issues as to the nature and extent of the duty of care owed to the deceased.

Featured Inquests cases

Re: TM (Death in Custody Inquest) [2015]
Deceased a detainee in a detention centre.

Re: SB (Overseas Adventure Activity Inquest) [2014] 

R v Hull Coroner for East Riding of Yorkshire & Kingston-upon-Hull, (ex-parte Dawson & Others [2001] EWHC 352 (Admin) & ACD 365
Death in Custody re: Christopher Alder: Admin Review.


King's Counsel (2003)
Recorder (2005)


Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


LLB (Hons), University of Leeds

Prescribed Information

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