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Simon Connolly is a consultant solicitor at Duncan Lewis and specialises in criminal defence and white collar fraud matters.

He has forged a particular niche in the area of confiscation proceedings and his particular specialism is acting for clients where the prosecution seek high value orders in excess of £1 million pounds.

Simon has had conduct of matters dealing with a range of offences including theft, fraudulent trading, money laundering and various conspiracies – the most notable being conspiracy to defraud the public revenue. Simon had day to day conduct of a matter before Birmingham Crown Court in which the Prosecution sought a confiscation order in the sum of £197 million. However, upon the case being determined at a final hearing with various legal arguments being heard an order was eventually made in the sum of just over £106,000.

In 2012, along with his colleague, Simon was responsible for establishing a dedicated Proceeds of Crime and Fraud Unit. The unit represents clients nationwide and particularly focuses on proceedings where the Crown seeks multi-million pound benefit figures.


He qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and joined Duncan Lewis in 2013.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

‘Stand-out partner’ Hardeep Dhaliwal leads Duncan Lewis Solicitors‘ crime department, with offices across Harrow, Luton and Milton Keynes. The team is experienced in handling serious and complex matters, such as gang-related crime, murder and high-value fraud charges, and is especially recommended for its proceeds of crime and fraud unit, which specialises in high-value confiscation proceedings. Further key contacts are ‘go-to lawyer for financial crime’ Simon Connolly, Linda Barker and Olivia Amy Rose. Rubin Italia departed to Stokoe Partnership Solicitors in August 2022, and Nicholas De Freitas joined the Crown Prosecution Service in April 2023.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Duncan Lewis Solicitors‘ crime department, which has a network of offices across London, including in Hackney, City of London, and Croydon, is commended by clients for both their ‘highly regarded‘ fraud practice and ‘excellent‘ confiscation team. Hardeep Dhaliwal and Sunjay Versani lead the team, with the latter being promoted to director in March 2023. Other key team members include the ‘dedicatedNoam Almaz, who is particularly experienced in extradition cases, and associates Laurence Grant, Simon Connolly, Linda Barker, and Olivia Amy Rose.