Simon Spence KC > Red Lion Chambers > Chelmsford, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers
THORNWOOD HOUSE, 102 NEW LONDON ROAD
CHELMSFORD
CM2 0RG
England

Position

Simon Spence KC undertakes an even mix of prosecuting and defending Crime work across East Anglia and London.

Before taking silk, he worked regularly as a leading junior and often led in high-profile cases. In 2008 he was the prosecution junior in the successful prosecution of Steve Wright, the man accused of murdering five Ipswich women.

Career

Year of call: 1985

Inn: Inner Temple

Silk: 2009

Professional Appointments:

Chairman of the Essex Bar Mess (2021–present)

Chairman of the East Anglian Bar Mess (2010–2021)

Legal Assessor for the Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2014–present)

Languages

French

Memberships

CBA

South Eastern Circuit

Northern Circuit

Howard League for Penal Reform

Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts

Current directorships:

Chairman of Trustees, Co-Opera Co.

Education

Pocklington School, East Yorkshire (1974-1981)
De Montfort University LLB (1981-1984)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Spence KCRed Lion Chambers ‘Simon has an exceptional jury manner and an excellent eye for detail. He is able to break very complex issues down to easily understandable segments for a jury. He adapts well to changing or challenging circumstances in presenting a case.’

Red Lion Chambers is ‘a well-respected criminal set with a strong stable of well-regarded advocates’ that defends and prosecutes all crime and financial crime-related matters. Christopher Paxton KC, who is ‘extremely hard-working, determined and single-minded in the pursuit of whatever case is presenting’, successfully prosecuted a woman who murdered her husband in the presence of their two children. Simon Spence KC has expertise in handling serious violence, drugs, sexual offences, fraud, and regulatory offence cases. Junior Dan Taylor is known for his ‘sound tactical judgment and strong strategic oversight of cases.’