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Simon Gurney

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Lincoln House Chambers (Chambers of Andrew Thomas QC)


Simon has an extensive practice that combines professional disciplinary and serious criminal litigation. He has substantial expertise in defending professionals accused of criminal offences in the course of their employment or profession, and in misconduct proceedings brought by professional regulators. He is sought after in cases of gravity, sensitivity and complexity. 

In the criminal jurisdiction he is instructed across the spectrum of serious criminal offending, principally to defend but also on behalf of the prosecution. He has appeared in recent high profile murder cases, including R v Archer (murder by arson) and R v Dale Cregan and others (murder of two police officers). He is sought after in cases involving voluminous material and cases with a financial/business or technological aspect and has particular expertise in defending allegations of historic sexual abuse, health and safety cases and substantial drugs conspiracies. Simon also has experience in cases concerning forfeiture and asset restraint. 

Currently instructed to defend in a VHCC prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office, listed for trial for four months at Liverpool Crown Court. Awaiting a response from the European Court of Human Rights in the confiscation case of R v Bagnall [2013] 1 W.L.R. 204.

In the field of professional discipline, his extensive experience encompasses proceedings before regulators including the GMC, NMC, GPhC, HCPC, SRA and police misconduct hearings, not only at first instance but also in appellate proceedings, whether before the Police Appeals Tribunal, the High Court or Court of Appeal.

Recent notable case: GMC v Adeogba [2016] 1 WLR 3867 Court of Appeal: leading case in healthcare regulation on exercise of discretion to proceed in the absence of practitioner.

Simon also has experience conducting judicial review claims, civil actions against the police and any cases that raise issues concerning civil liberties.

Recently instructed in three MTIC VAT appeals concerning reclaims of in excess of £15m, before the First Tier, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.  

Simon has built a strong reputation with a wide range of clients who value his intellectual ability, tactical acumen and outstanding attention to detail. His client care skills are much praised. He brings diligence, sound judgment and tenacity to every case to ensure the best possible result for his clients. Simon prides himself on offering a first-rate service and maintaining a close working relationship with those who instruct him, whether a professional client or lay client instructing him directly. He is always contactable, at any time of day, to provide advice or guidance.

Licensed to provide advice and representation under the ‘Public Access’ scheme directly to members of the public.


Qualified 2006 (called by the Inner Temple).


Member of the Inner Temple Circuits Bar Liaison Committee. CPS Level 3 Prosecutor and member of the specialist Proceeds of Crime Panel. Member of Liberty; Amnesty; Criminal Bar Association; Administrative Law Bar Association; and Northern Circuit.


Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe; University of Manchester (BA Hons law and politics (first class)); Manchester Metropolitan University (BVC; 2006 Richard Isaacson QC Inaugural Scholar); College of Law Pro Bono Prize 2006; Manchester Law Society Prize 2006.


Music, literature, watching and playing sport, particularly football, cricket and squash and following Arsenal FC.

Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Within: Leading Juniors

Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersAn outstanding lawyer and formidable advocate.

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of Lincoln House Chambers are particularly prominent in health and safety prosecutions, professional disciplinary cases and environmental criminal work, as well as more general regulatory matters. Notable recent cases include a health and safety prosecution after two employees fell from ladders and broke their backs at the company's warehouse in the space of a year, in which Austin Welch acts for the company, and Arunachalam v General Medical Council, an appeal against erasure in which Simon Gurney acted for the appellant.

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