Nine Bedford Row


Simon Stirling

Called 1989




Simon is a well respected senior junior specializing in serious criminal offences in particular murder and other serious violent offences, major drug trafficking and importations, multi national frauds, confiscation of proceeds of crime and serious sexual offences, in particular rape and child abuse. Simon has extensive experience as a leading junior in serious and complex cases and has been instructed as a leading junior in VHCC cases.

Simon is experienced in local authority planning enforcement and regulatory work. Before coming to the Bar, Simon had ten years experience in public sector employment in the fields of education and social work policy.
Simon is often commended for his advocacy, legal argument and case presentation and is highly regarded by bench, bar and by lay and professional clients. He is renowned for his careful and sensitive approach to client care.

Simon has good IT skills and is a keen proponent of the use of modern technologies in case management and presentation.


Criminal Bar Association.
Trustee Meningitis Research Foundation.
Gray’s Inn.


Recorder (Crime).

Associated Work

Advocacy Trainer (Gray’s Inn).
Trained in the use of Intermediaries.
Specialist training in sexual offences and advanced advocacy.
Former Assistant Secretary to Criminal Bar Association.
Former Lecturer ‘Advice to Counsel’ Course.
Former Committee Member Central London Bar Mess.

Notable cases

General Crime
R v Van Hoogstraten and others (multi handed murder).

R v High: leading junior in 4 month multi handed GBH with intent.

R v Ishani: multiple deaths by dangerous driving.

R v Dance: familial child abuse and rape.

R v Creighton and others (M40 "biker" murder).

R v Bailey multi handed murder.

R v Harvey – Baker leading junior multi handed conspiracy to rob/firearm.

Financial Crime
R v Robson: leading junior in complex employee fraud based on computer misuse and false accounting.

R v Kazmi: led junior in Hwala banking money laundering fraud.

R v Pornpaditpong: multi-handed money laundering.

R v Stevens: led junior for defence in SFO prosecution of advance fee fraud.

R v Noskova: led junior in multinational restraint/confiscation involving transfer of funds out of jurisdiction.

R v Pritchett: defence in multi–million pound confiscation in relation to complex web of company accounts and hidden assets.

R v IK (Court of Appeal): leading authority on meaning of "criminal property" in tax evasion case.


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