Melanie Simpson QC > Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Living Wage


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).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Melanie Simpson QC25 Bedford RowA tenacious defender who fights her client’s corner passionately. Excellent jury and court operator.

25 Bedford Row is ‘unrivalled as a criminal defence set‘, housing ‘counsel with vast talent‘ and a track record of handling prominent publicly-funded cases, alongside a range of privately funded matters. In a recent highlight for the set, Diana Ellis QC, Adrian Eissa QC and Lisa Wilson defended a family charged with manslaughter, false imprisonment, and causing the death of a vulnerable adult, who died after being restrained and undergoing an exorcism; the family was acquitted of all charges. In recent chambers news, Melanie Simpson QC was elevated to silk in March 2020.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

25 Bedford Row is a leading crime and regulatory set with a stellar reputation. In recent news, Melanie Simpson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Warwick Aleeson has joined chambers from 187 Fleet Street. Also of note, Jo Sidhu QC has been elected vice-chair of the Criminal Bar Association, effective from 1 September 2020; Dermot Keating has been appointed senior chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal.