Simon Stirling


As a committed criminal law practitioner for nearly 30 years Simon has both the experience and expertise to ensure effective and persuasive representation in the whole range of criminal offences.

Background and expertise

Simon is a highly regarded and well-respected senior leading 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, child abuse and people trafficking.

He is qualified to represent members of the public directly in accordance with the Bar Council’s Direct Access Scheme.

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Notable cases

R v Ahmed and Ors, 2016
Southwark Crown Court Leading junior for the defence in multi handed fraud and money laundering allegations relating to the abuse “on an industrial scale” of the foreign student visa system arising out of a Panorama investigation.
R v Gonsalves, 2017
Woolwich Crown Court Historic allegation of child rape by stranger and associated indecent images, involving complex issues of technical, historic DNA evidence.

Read more Notable cases

R v Nicolescu, 2017
Kingston Crown Court Leading junior for the defence in multi-handed allegation of human trafficking concerning the trafficking of children for the purposes of child prostitution. One of the first cases under the Modern Slavery Act involving trafficking of children
R v Gillespie, 2017
Central Criminal Court Led junior in multi handed murder. Defendant acquitted of murder.
R v Stevens, 2015
Warwick Crown Court Historic allegation of attempted murder in gang-related shooting.
R v Waddington, 2015
Doncaster Crown Court Multi handed foreign investment fraud.
R v IK, 2007
Court of Appeal Leading case on meaning of criminal property.
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PROFILE: Simon Stirling

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Confiscation / POCA

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Corporate Offences

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Prison Law

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

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Inquests / public inquiries

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Direct access



020 7489 2727


BA Hons (English) (University of Hull)

Dip Law (University of Westminster)


Criminal Bar Association, Grays Inn


Recorder. Authorised to try Serious Sexual Offences.

CPS Grade 4 and Rape Panel

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