Simon Csoka KC > Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Andrew Thomas KC
Lincoln House Chambers
M3 3BZ

Work Department

Business Crime and Financial Regulation
Criminal Law


Simon specialises in all aspects of criminal law, in particular homicide, serious fraud and
organised crime. He has defended many high profile cases such as Dale Cregan, Arran
Coghlan, and Operation Elveden (the News International cases. He has been widely
praised for his devastating cross-examinations.

He exclusively defends in serious and complex crime. His practice encompasses murder,
gross negligence manslaughter, evasion of duty, MTIC and serious fraud, terrorism,
complex multi-handed drugs cases and corruption.

He has appeared in many high profile cases. He defended John Hardy, a former sergeant
major, in Operation Elveden who was accused of selling stories about Prince William and
Prince Harry to The Sun. He was the only source to be acquitted by a jury in those News
International trials. As well as his skills as a jury advocate, he is well known for his ability
to develop complex legal arguments. He is known for his mastery of detail even in cases
with voluminous quantities of evidence. He has an advanced knowledge of computing
which can assist with the management of large amounts of evidence.

He led for the defence in the first case in which an application for independent special
counsel for disclosure was granted [R v Greaves]. Since then he has made several
successful applications for special counsel which led to the cases collapsing.

He has defended a number of solicitors and professionals in recent years who have
found themselves charged with criminal offences.

He has advised CEOs, such as Julian Wheatland, former Chief Executive of Cambridge

He will provide an extremely comprehensive and involved service together with a robust
defence to those charged with more minor offences who wish to pay privately.

He also appears in Sport Regulatory work and has appeared before the FA Appeal
Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. In 2012 he succeeded in
restoring Bradford City FC to the FA cup after they were disqualified.


Called 1991; tenant Lincoln House Chambers 2010 to date.


Criminal Bar Association


Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University (MA Law)
Inns of Court School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Csoka KC – Lincoln House ChambersSimon is a truly exceptional advocate. Probably the finest exponent of the art of cross examination on any circuit in England and Wales. Frighteningly bright, masters complex briefs very easily and has a chair side manner that never fails to impress both professional and lay clients. Easily one of the finest criminal and regulatory silks in the country.’

The members at the ‘excellent’ Lincoln House Chambers includes members highly experienced a wide range of criminal law matters, spanning across road traffic offences, sexual offences, violence, drug offences and financial crime. The set houses the reputable Kate Blackwell KC who has a thriving criminal law practice and Richard Dawson  has an impressive practice and has been active in multiple injury and death by dangerous driving cases. Simon Csoka KC is also notable and has considerable expertise handling cases involving organised crime, fraud, and murder. Simon Gurney  has a well established practice and has particularly expertise in defending individuals facing substantial fraud prosecutions, as well defending allegations of historic sexual abuse. Rachel Cooper  has a broad criminal law practice and is often instructed on cases where defendants have significant mental health needs. She recently represented the defendant charged with death by dangerous after a collision decapitated a back seat passenger.