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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

'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




All aspects of the criminal law: murder, manslaughter (including a current Corporate Manslaughter and Gross Negligence Manslaughter case,) rape, fraud and other serious offences. Nominated by the Attorney General for HM Customs & Excise and the Health & Safety Executive.

Experience of prosecutions based on complex scientific, medical and telecommunications evidence. Special interest in issues relating to disclosure and Public Interest Immunity and in new methods of identification (ear prints and facial mapping).


As above. In particular cases involving corporate manslaughter and "medical manslaughter" and assisting with intravenous drug abuse. Defending Regulatory/HSE prosecutions (re: construction/roofing/scaffolding/cranes/plant hire and local authorities).

Defending in murder cases, including 'contract/honour' killing, attempted murder cases and complex fraud cases. POCA hearings in complex cases.


Health and Safety Cases [See accompanying Health & Safety CV]

GMC Prosecution work in misconduct and deficient professional practice Fitness to Practice Hearings involving complex medical issues, sexual offences and fraud.


Specialising in cases involving death in custody, in hospitals and outdoor (adventure) activities where issues of gross negligence, neglect and 'Article 2' breaches may arise. (Currently instructed in relation Inquests concerning a death overseas and to one in a care home.)  Also related Administrative Review work, [see Christopher Alder Case below]

Acted as a Legal Assessor on behalf of one of HM Coroner in connection with an Article 2 compliant alleged negligent medical treatment Inquest and on behalf of another HM Coroner as 'Counsel to the Inquest' in an Article 2 compliant 'Death in Custody' Inquest.


Considerable experience in handling such claims and appeals as a junior. [Re: Beattie CICB (1989) Kemp & Kemp C4-021]


  • R v Lion Steel Equipment [2012] (Corporate Manslaughter Trial, Crown Court in Manchester)
  • R v Stringer & Stringer [2011] 3 WLR 1243 (CA) (Re: Murder, joint enterprise and 'secondary parties')
  • R v Berry and Crisp [2010] EWCA Crim 355 (CA) (Re: the issues of  'double recovery' and 'abuse of process', in the context of forfeiture of seized monies.)
  • R v Sam Whitehead [2009] CA (Unreported) (Re: the ‘requirement’ for an R v Turnbull direction, where there is unchallenged identification evidence.)
  • R v Shah Nawaz Pola [2009] EWCA Crim 655 (Re: the definition of an 'employee' re: 'migrant workers' under s53 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974)
  • R v Stephen Christopher Makin [2004] EWCA Crim 1607 CA (Re: Prosecution’s Ongoing Duty of Disclosure re: Witnesses)
  • R v Carl Wesley Mason [2004] EWCA Crim 2848 (Application to Withdraw a Plea to Manslaughter)
  • R v Dallagher [2002] EWCA Crim 1903 CA (Admissibility of Developing Expert Evidence: Identification of Ear Prints)
  • R v Hull Coroner for East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston-upon-Hull, ex parte Dawson & Others [2001] ACD 365 (Death in Custody re: Christopher Alder, Administrative Review)
  • R v Hayward [1999] Crim LR 71 CA (Conflict of Laws UK/EU legislation re: Duty Evasion)

Prescribed Information

Simon Jackson KC is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Simon Jackson KC can be found here

Simon Jackson KC’s clerks will provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he offers. Simon Jackson KC accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here. For other work, Simon Jackson KC usually charges a brief fee plus refresher fees for court hearings, with advisory, conference and other preparation work charged at an hourly rate. Simon Jackson KC aims to return paperwork within 14-21 working days, however his professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.


King's Counsel (2003)
Recorder (2005)


Health & Safety Lawyers Association,
Criminal Bar Association,
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


LLB (Hons), University of Leeds

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