Simon Walters

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Simon is an experienced advocate who practises mainly in crime, regulatory and professional discipline. He is frequently instructed to deal with complicated and sensitive matters and both prosecutes and defends. Simon is thorough, pragmatic and calm in his approach to each case. He is also qualified to act on public access matters.

CRIME

Simon receives instructions in a variety of criminal matters to both prosecute and defend in the Crown Court. Simon was appointed to the Crown Prosecution Service’s Grade 3 Panel but is also frequently instructed to defend both publicly and privately funded defendants.

Simon has acted in cases that cover the full range of criminal offences including serious offences involving dishonesty, violence, sexual offences and drugs. He has acted as led junior for multiple cases arising from organised crime operations, advising on all aspects of those cases including complex disclosure exercises and associated confiscation proceedings. Simon has experience of handling vulnerable complainants and witnesses.

REGULATORY LAW

Simon has developed an extensive practice in regulatory law and accepts instructions on behalf of regulatory authorities and professionals. He has appeared before fitness to practise tribunals of different regulators in every conceivable type of hearing and is able to advise on all relevant issues both pre- and post- hearing.

Simon has appeared at the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, amongst other regulators. The cases in which he has appeared include patients deaths, allegations of sexual harassment and assault and dishonesty, as well as those raising lack of competence and health issues.

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Qualifications

  • Called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 2010
  • BVC at the College of Law – Very Competent
  • LLB at Cardiff University – 2:1
  • Public Access and vulnerable witness qualified

Associations and memberships

  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Notable Cases

CRIMINAL LAW

R v L – December 2019

Simon represented a defendant charged with armed robbery following a knifepoint carjacking. The client was acquitted following successful legal argument.

Operation Shirin – August 2018-July 2019

Simon was instructed as junior counsel, led by Barnaby Shaw. This case involved four trials arising from an investigation into people smuggling and money laundering in the South East of England. Simon dealt with one of the trials alone.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49099719

R v F – August 2019

Instructed to represent a client in a multi-handed affray in a train carriage.

R v L – May 2019

Instructed to prosecute the knife point robbery of two taxi drivers.

R v K – May 2019

Instructed to represent a client facing an allegation of s. 20 GBH following a glassing incident. Acquitted.

R v L and G – May 2019

Instructed to prosecute a robbery of an elderly man in his home involving an imitation firearm.

R v B – April 2019

Represented a young client with mental health difficulties facing charges of wounding with intent following a stabbing. Acquitted.

R v A – March 2019

Instructed to represent a client facing multiple counts of travel insurance fraud.

R v H – August 2018

Prosecuted a registered firearms dealer for offences including the possession of prohibited weapons.

R v O – May 2018

Instructed to defence in a case concerning possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Acquitted.

R v B – February 2018

Instructed to represent a young defendant with mental health difficulties facing a count of s. 20 GBH. Acquitted.

R v M – January 2018

Instructed to represent a man facing counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 14, who was acquitted.

R v Baqir and others – May 2017

Simon acted as junior counsel in the successful prosecution of a drug related murder in Norwich. Led by Andrew Shaw.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-39975913

Operation Forge – April 2016 and November 2017

Acted as junior counsel in the prosecution of an organized crime group that was importing and supplying millions of pounds worth of Class A drugs. In total, nine defendants were convicted. Led by Andrew Shaw. Simon dealt with the second trial alone following Andrew’s appointment to the Circuit Bench.

R v M and others – June 2017

Successful prosecution of three defendants from Ireland for conspiracy to burgle dwellings.

R v A – November 2016

Simon acted for a man accused of sexual activity with a child.

R v A – August 2016

Successful prosecution of a conspiracy to commit theft of high end cycles from train stations in the Home Counties.

REGULATORY LAW

NMC v F – November 2019

Instructed by the Royal College of Nursing to represent the manager of a care home who had contributed to the death of patient as a result of inadequate moving and handling procedures. The case also involved multiple failings relating to CQC inspections. The nurse involved avoided being struck off.

GMC v AS – July 2019

Simon successfully represented a GP at the General Medical Council, who was alleged to have sexually assaulted a colleague.

HCPC v M – June 2019

Instructed to prosecute a Social Worker regarding a Special Guardianship Order that was approved, where the guardian went on to murder the child protected by the Order.

NMC v P – June 2018

Instructed by the Royal College of Nursing to represent a senior nurse who was alleged to have contributed to the decline in health of an elderly patient.

NMC v B and R – March 2018

Instructed to prosecute two mental health nurses who had been involved in circumstances surrounding the death of a patient.

NMC v Mid Kent and Medway Trust – January 2017

Simon was instructed to prosecute eight nurses involved in the death of a vulnerable patient in their care. This case involved expert from four disciplines giving evidence regarding complex causation issues.

NMC v H – October 2016

Simon prosecuted a midwife who was struck off for her role in the death of a baby hours after its birth.

HCPC v H – February 2017

Simon was instructed to prosecute a Social Worker who had neglected to fulfil her duties in respect of her caseload of vulnerable children.

NMC v W – August 2016

Simon represented a nurse who faced multiple allegations stemming from inside and outside of the UK. The registrant was allowed to continue to practise unrestricted following this hearing.

HCPC v D – January 2016

Simon prosecuted an educational psychologist in a complex case involving the inappropriate use of psychometric tools during an autism assessment. This was a complex case involving contested expert evidence. 

HCPC v B – November 2015

Simon represented the HCPC in a case against a physiotherapist regarding the use of ill-chosen treatment techniques. 

HCPC v R – December 2015

Simon successfully prosecuted a case involving a music therapist who was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable service user. 

HCPC v R – July 2015

Simon successfully prosecuted a paramedic who made sexual comments to patients and other individuals.