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25 Bedford Row (Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC), Melanie Simpson, London, ENGLAND

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Melanie Simpson

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25 Bedford Row (Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC)


Melanie is an extremely successful criminal defence barrister who is sought after by professional and lay clients. She is renowned for her exceptional cross-examination and her exceptional acquittal rate. Melanie’s practice is increasingly taking on an international element; she has advised Defendant’s charged with governmental fraud, corruption and money laundering offences.

Melanie is typically engaged defending in cases involving multiple defendants, her work encompasses the full range of complicated criminal law matters.  Melanie’s high-profile cases attract extensive media interest and she has been invited to give her legal expertise to media organisations including the BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and YouTube (with whom she has established a consultant role) . Some of Melanie’s’ recent media reported cases include ( R v NP) leading counsel in a multi-handed conspiracy to carry out an acid attack on a child. (R v IS) leading counsel in human trafficking case with dozens of complainants, linked to premises owned by a major political party donor. (R v MK) leading counsel in historical sexual grooming and rape of 11-year old girl in care who was plied with heroin and prostituted; one of the most serious “grooming” cases that has come to light in the UK.  (R v JS) Multi-handed cut-throat murder case involving gang rivalry played out in “drill” music videos, this case was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary.


Called 1998, Gray’s Inn.


Criminal Bar Association

Female Fraud Lawyers Association


University College London (LLB Hons).

London Bar


Within: Leading Juniors

Melanie Simpson - 25 Bedford Row ‘ A go-to advocate to deal with a difficult client facing a seemingly overwhelming case. ’

Within: Crime

'An excellent set with high-calibre barristers', 25 Bedford Row is a defence-only set that handles, alongside privately funded work, some of the most difficult publicly funded work, often including multi-defendant violent crime cases. Tyrone Smith QC represented a teenage drug dealer who, having been arrested and found with a 30cm knife four days before, stabbed a youth worker who asked him to stop selling drugs outside his home; the defendant was found not guilty of murder and convicted of wounding with intent. Turning to criminal appeals, Jeremy Dein QC represented far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon in a successful appeal against his initial committal to prison for contempt of court in May 2018 for interfering with sexual offence trials subject to reporting restrictions in Canterbury and Leeds. Among the juniors, Melanie Simpson represented a Hungarian woman who, along with her special constable husband, was convicted of trafficking women to a brothel they ran in an apartment block in Chelsea.

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