Simon specialises in both criminal and civil law and regularly appears in both Crown and County Courts as well as the Court of Appeal.
Simon was called to the Bar in 2011, but before had practised as a solicitor since 1997 in both London and Manchester. He was a partner at Platt Halpern, Manchester, from 2005 - 2011 and previously had trained and worked as an assistant solicitor at Russell-Cooke in London.
Simon's previous experience as a solicitor brings a very practical and client focused approach to his practice at the Bar.
For many years, Simon has provided bespoke training to police forces all over the country. This training is frequently part of interviewing courses provided to CID officers, but also to custody sergeants and more senior officers. The training includes court room skills, interview training, bad character, hearsay, and the investigation of particular offences, as well as more general legal updates in criminal law.
Simon is currently providing training to the following police forces: Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales, Northumberland, Cumbria, and Devon and Cornwall.
Simon is an advocacy assessor for the BPP law school in Manchester and for some years taught on the Criminal Litigation and Advanced Criminal Litigation options on the Legal Practice Course at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Interests Outside the Law:
Cycling, running and learning Italian.