Simon Phillips

Call: 1996


A criminal law specialist since 1996, Simon undertook pupillage at Hollis Whiteman Chambers before moving to Birmingham in 1998. A former Royal Marine Officer, Simon has experience of acting for the defence at Courts Martial, but the vast majority of his time is spent prosecuting and defending serious allegations in the Crown Court.

Since 1996 Simon has built up a formidable reputation as a successful barrister who inspires confidence in both his lay and professional clients. Whether it be allegations of complicated financial fraud, armed robbery or rape, Simon has the breadth of experience from the “real world”, knowledge from a Cambridge degree, and ability gained from pure hard work, to provide first-rate representation. With particular experience in defending serious sexual allegations, Simon can relate to lay clients both young or old. In the past 10 years he has successfully represented defendants accused of conspiracy to defraud, rape, murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and conspiracy to supply class A drugs. In partnership with leading counsel, Simon has successfully defended allegations of murder and manslaughter.

Reported Cases:

  • Saxon (Perverting Course of Justice)
  • Mohammed (Escaping Lawful Custody)
  • Powell,Daniels and English (joint enterprise murder)
  • Khan (hearsay in fitness to plead hearings)
  • Smith and O’Neill (inconsistent verdicts and fresh evidence appeal)

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • BA Hons Law (Cantab)


  • CBA
  • Midlands Circuit


My Expertise