William Hays > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill


Will’s main practice arises at the interface of public and criminal law. This often involves areas of technical complexity or where there is an international element, including asset recovery, law enforcement powers and the deportation of individuals on grounds of criminal conduct.

Will has recently acted on high profile deportations, international requests for asset recovery (including 1MDB), multiple high-value account freezing orders, challenges to prisoner repatriation and applications before the European Court of Human Rights. He is regularly instructed to advise City law firms on their money laundering obligations.


Called 2006. Attorney General’s Panel for Civil Litigation (List B); Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (List C); Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutor (Grade 2).


Member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, South Eastern Circuit.


University of Oxford, BA (Hons), Modern History and Economics.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

William Hays6KBW College Hill

An ‘excellent set’ praised for the quality of its counsel, the barristers at 6KBW College Hill prosecute and defend corporates and individuals involved in proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture matters, including freezing orders, disclosure orders, overseas applications, and civil and restraint proceedings. Paul Jarvis acts for the prosecution in R v Premsaran Patel, in which a trustee has brought proceedings in the Insolvency Court to determine a bankrupt party’s interest in property subject to restraint in confiscation proceedings. David Perry QC, leading William Hays, successfully defended a former CEO against an NCA application for cash forfeiture under POCA 2002. Jonathan Hall QC specialises in civil recovery matters.