Gareth Patterson QC > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill


Gareth has extensive experience of heavy criminal litigation, his cases having included murder, blackmail, fraud, bribery, terrorism and all other types of criminal work. He appears both for the Prosecution and the Defence, often in cases of complexity or sensitivity as noted by the Legal 500, and is DV cleared.

Notable cases include: R v Ali and Others (‘Three Musketeers’ terror plot); R v Asil Nadir (the theft of nearly £29 million from the company Polly Peck); R v A (involving blackmail relating to sensitive photographs of a foreign Head of State); R v Piggin (the trial of the Loughborough teenager charged with Columbine-style terrorist offences); R v Khan and Khan (the planned beheading of a US serviceman in East Anglia), R v Konye (which involved an acid attack in Dagenham); R v Lim (which involved an allegation of theft of diamonds from the former wife of the Sultan of Brunei). Gareth successfully defended one of the brokers charged in the SFO’s LIBOR-rigging prosecution.

Gareth’s practice is not restricted to criminal litigation. He is instructed in advisory work and in cases of judicial review. Gareth has a particular interest in inquests and coronial law and appeared in the inquests arising out of the 7/7 London bombings, The Westminster bridge inquest and the London Bridge terror atttack inquest. He has been recommended by Legal 500 for his “solid niche in extradition matters”. Before practising at the Bar, he was a commercial solicitor for the City law firm, Gouldens (now Jones Day).


Called 1995. Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutor (Grade 4); Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (List A). Queen’s Counsel 2017.


University of Cambridge, LLB (Hons), Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Gareth Patterson QC6KBW College Hill