Set Profile > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England
Chambers of Simon Denison QC Offices
6KBW College Hill
21 COLLEGE HILL
Chambers of Simon Denison QC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Crime Tier 1
6KBW COLLEGE HILL handles some key defence work, but is best known as prosecution set. Chambers handles a range of terrorism cases and, for example, Duncan Atkinson QC prosecuted a British Army lance corporal in a civilian court for membership of National Action; Annabel Darlow QC and Alistair Richardson prosecuted an Islamic State supporter who used a Telegram group to incite, among other offences, the murder of Prince George and a campaign of ice-cream poisoning. Away from terrorism, Tony Badenoch QC successfully prosecuted Carl Beech, who under the pseudonym "Nick" made lurid and false allegations of child sexual abuse against a number of high-profile individuals, triggering the Operation Midland imbroglio. In addition, Duncan Penny QC took over from Mark Heywood QC of 5KBW as First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey. For the defence, Simon Ray represented former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter Chris Tarrant in a drink-drive case.
6KBW COLLEGE HILL's members defend and prosecute across a spectrum of business crime matters, with recent instructions involving international bribery, corruption, and interest-rate rigging cases. Duncan Penny QC defended Andreas Hauschild, a former Deutsche Bank executive, who was accused by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of manipulating the Euribor rate; the defendant was acquitted of all charges. Alison Morgan QC is instructed by the SFO in the trial – which began in January 2019 – of four Barclays senior executives regarding the bank's 2008 fundraising from Qatari investors.
6KBW COLLEGE HILL is widely recognised for its strength in extradition matters. In one example instruction, David Perry QC successfully defended Ilya Yurov, a former co-owner of a Russian bank, against the Russian authority's request for his extradition to face fraud charges. In March 2019 Mark Weekes was appointed to the circuit bench.
Police law (defendant) Tier 2
6KBW COLLEGE HILL's Jonathan Hall QC represented the National Crime Agency (NCA) in a high-profile asset recovery case against Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of a former chairman of a state-owned Azerbaijani bank who was convicted of embezzlement; the case marks the first time that the NCA issued an unexplained wealth order (UWO) after it was discovered that she had spent £16m in Harrods in a decade. Additionally, David Perry QC led William Hays in R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice, a Supreme Court case which considered whether part-payments made against a confiscation order would reduce the term of imprisonment in proportion to the original amount of the order, or the original amount with interest.
Fraud: crime Tier 3
6KBW COLLEGE HILL's Esther Schutzer-Weissmann acted in R v Alan Cartledge and others, a case concerning an MTIC fraud valued at £20m, which arose out of HMRC investigations into companies based in the North East of the UK, while Paul Jarvis represented Darren Goulbourne, who was convicted of conspiring to make false representations in connection with a number of fraudulent mortgage applications.
A ‘go-to’ set for the full spectrum of criminal defence work, 6KBW COLLEGE HILL offers ‘unfluctuating levels of excellent service across the board’. Following cuts to legal aid, solicitors bemoan the ‘the significant loss of high-calibre counsel’ willing to take publicly funded work. However, this chambers continues to accept such work which ‘compliments their predominately privately funded practice, although they do not treat legally aided cases any differently’. ‘The set deserves full recognition for this fact and their commitment to justice for all in what is now a very difficult climate,’ said one solicitor. In recent news, Timothy Cray and Alison Morgan have taken silk; Professor Ian Dennis, Emeritus Professor of Law at UCL, has joined as an associate member; and Mark Weekes has been appointed a circuit judge. The ‘dynamic’ clerks’ room is led by highly regarded senior clerk Andrew Barnes and his deputy, Mark Essex. ‘Ubermaster of the clerking world’, first junior Richard Summerscales ‘always goes above and beyond’ for instructing solicitors; he is ‘extremely personable, dealing with matters professionally while maintaining great good humour’. A ‘true asset to chambers’, Lizzie Miller’s ‘levels of efficiency are formidable’; ‘she is able to head off any problem many days in advance. She is completely unflappable and takes everything in her stride’. Offices in: London
Chambers of Simon Denison QC > Firm Profile
6KBW College Hill has held a pre-eminent position in criminal and public law for over 70 years and has been at the forefront of the expansion of the criminal law into related areas of civil law.
6KBW maintains its reputation as an outstanding criminal set. It is also particularly well known for cases concerning financial crime, public law, extradition, proceeds of crime, asset forfeiture, inquests and public inquires. Members frequently appear in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights in cases involving some of the most important and high profile issues.
Crime: 6KBW College Hill is universally acknowledged as one of the leading sets in the field. In recent years 6KBW’s work has included: The trial of the killers of Stephen Lawrence and the ensuing review which led to the undercover policing inquiry, the 21/7 and airline bomb plots, the Millie Dowler murder trial; the ‘phone hacking’ trials, Marine A, Rolf Harris, advisory work arising from the Hillsborough inquest and the Parsons Green bombing. In the past year alone, members have appeared in 113 cases in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 76 in the Administrative Court and 2 in the Supreme Court..
Corporate & Financial Crime: 6KBW’s strength in handling serious and complex financial crime is longstanding. Members of Chambers have acted in all the landmark financial crime cases of the last 20 years: Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Mabey & Johnson, Polly Peck, British Airways price fixing, Tchenguiz, Adoboli, Blue Arrow, Olympus and Hewlett Packard. 6KBW’s members have been instructed to defend and prosecute corporates and individuals in the SFO’s largest and most high-profile ‘blockbuster’ investigations including: Rolls-Royce, Barclays, GSK, Tesco, Alstom, Libor / Euribor, Soma Oil, Unaoil, ENRC, McKenzie v SFO, Tata Steel, Quindell Plc, G4S and Serco investigations.
Administrative & Public Law: 6KBW has a strong public law presence and leads the field in cases concerning national security; policing; prisons and prosecutorial decisions. Recent cases include: Ibrahim, Mohammed, Omar & Abdurahman v UK (ECtHR: Article 6 challenge by the 21/7 bombers), Beghal v DPP (Supreme Court: challenge to police terrorism powers), S1 and Ors v Home Secretary (Court of Appeal: leading case on ECtHR extraterritoriality in nationality deprivation decisions) and R (Soma Oil) v SFO (High Court: challenging prosecutorial decision making).
Extradition: Members are regularly instructed in leading extradition cases in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, including in the most-often cited authority: HH v Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic, Genoa. 6KBW has been instructed in high-profile extradition litigation including the Rwandan genocide request regarding Dr Celestin Mutabaruka. 6KBW continues to be the first choice for advisory work in extradition cases involving financial crime. Members’ first-class knowledge of both extradition and broader European criminal law is an asset to its clients.
International: Members regularly provide advice and representation to governments, corporates and individuals in numerous jurisdictions around the world. Chambers’ work has included: The trial of Donald Tsang, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the trial of the Kwok Brothers (Hong Kong) and the trial of McKeeva Bush, former President of the Cayman Islands. Members are also frequently instructed in appeals to the Privy Council.
Inquests & Public Inquiries: Members have had a long association with high-profile inquests, including the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana, Jean Charles de Menezes and Alexander Litvinenko. Members have also acted in the Tunisia and Deepcut inquests. Chambers has a strong presence in public inquiry work, assisting in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Al-Sweady, Leveson, Grenfell Tower, London Bridge, Westminster Bridge and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
POCA & Asset Forfeiture: In this area, Chambers has acted in most of the Supreme Court cases of the last decade. Recent work includes: Ahmad (2014), Eastenders (2014), GH (2015), Guraj (2016), and McCormick (2016). Members currently act in multi-million pound restraint and forfeiture applications, including requests from many foreign jurisdictions. Where judicial review involves a POCA element, Chambers is the obvious choice (recently involved in Krager, Necip, Takkar v MoJ, E v HMP Hatfield; Emu). Chambers’ involvement in civil recovery in-cludes: Azam, O’Docherty, Hymans, Agidi, Surin and Abacha.
|Members of Chambers||DENISON QC, Simon|
|Members of Chambers||CURTIS QC, James|
|Members of Chambers||LOVELL-PANK QC, Dorian|
|Members of Chambers||RYDER QC, John|
|Members of Chambers||WASS QC, Sasha|
|Members of Chambers||PERRY QC, David|
|Members of Chambers||JAFFERJEE QC, Aftab|
|Members of Chambers||PENNY QC, Duncan|
|Members of Chambers||WHITEHOUSE QC, Sarah|
|Members of Chambers||HALL QC, Jonathan|
|Members of Chambers||BADENOCH QC, Tony|
|Members of Chambers||DARLOW QC, Annabel|
|Members of Chambers||ATKINSON QC, Duncan|
|Members of Chambers||PATTERSON QC, Gareth|
|Members of Chambers||HALLAM QC, Jacob|
|Members of Chambers||MABLY QC, Louis|
|Members of Chambers||BOWYER, Martyn|
|Members of Chambers||CRAY, Timothy|
|Members of Chambers||EZEKIEL, Adina|
|Members of Chambers||HILL, Miranda|
|Members of Chambers||WEEKES, Mark|
|Members of Chambers||WILKINSON, Kate|
|Members of Chambers||SCHUTZER-WEISSMANN, Esther|
|Members of Chambers||MORGAN, Alison|
|Members of Chambers||RAY, Simon|
|Members of Chambers||CUMBERLAND, Melanie|
|Members of Chambers||CHALK, Alex|
|Members of Chambers||JARVIS, Paul|
|Members of Chambers||WEAVER, Brett|
|Members of Chambers||RATLIFF, Peter|
|Members of Chambers||LLOYD, Ben|
|Members of Chambers||DAVIDSON, Rosemary|
|Members of Chambers||AILES, Victoria|
|Members of Chambers||HAYS, William|
|Members of Chambers||BISGROVE, Michael|
|Members of Chambers||RICHARDSON, Alistair|
|Members of Chambers||PAWSON-POUNDS, Dan|
|Members of Chambers||ORGAN, Lucy|
|Members of Chambers||PAYTER, Adam|
|Members of Chambers||EVANS, Richard|
|Members of Chambers||HUMPHERSON, Paul|
|Members of Chambers||HARDCASTLE, Katherine|
|Members of Chambers||EARIS, Rosalind|
|Members of Chambers||ALEXANDER, Fiona|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMS, Tom|
|Members of Chambers||ZAIDI, Mohsin|
|Members of Chambers||SINHA, Sahil|
Top Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
- London Bar International crime and extradition
- London Bar Police law (defendant)
- London Bar Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
- London Bar Fraud: crime
- London Bar Administrative and public law (including local government)
- London Bar Set overviews: England and Wales