Simon Clegg

Year of call:



2003 - University of Leeds, LLB

2005 - Nottingham Law School, BVC


2004 - Pupil at Sovereign Chambers (to Mark McKone)

2005 - Tenant at Sovereign Chambers

2015 - Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers


2020 - Deputy District Judge

2019 - Judge the First-Tier Tribunal - Immigration & Asylum Chamber List B of the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates

2018 - Grade 4 Prosecutor Attorney General's Regional Panel - B Panel Director of Pupillage at Park Square Barristers

2015 - Grade-3 prosecutor

2014 - Assistant Junior of the North Eastern Circuit

2013 - Advocacy Trainer for the North Eastern Circuit CPS Advocate Confiscation Panel

2012 - CPS Advocate Panel Environment Agency Advocate Panel - Grade C Health & Safety Executive Advocate Panel - Grade C

2009 - Attorney General's List of Approved Counsel

2008 - Trainer of Expert Police Witnesses (drugs & counter-terrorism)


North Eastern Circuit Council of Immigration Judges

The breadth of Simon’s legal practice across civil and crime gives him an edge over others and he has the skill and incisiveness to cut through to the real issues. He also has excellent judgement and always looks to find a practical answer where there is a difficult issue to resolve. Add to that, he has a charming and pleasant manner both in and out of court.” The Legal 500 (2021)

He is excellent.” Chambers and Partners (2021)

A very good lawyer who can be trusted to do an excellent job.” The Legal 500 (2020)

He is very good at the analysis, his written work is always excellent and his approach is very persuasive and pleasant.” – Chambers and Partners (2020)

Composed and level-headed.” – The Legal 500 (2018)

He is a very diligent and precise lawyer.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

Ranked a Tier 1 Junior by the Legal 500 (2021) and a Band 2 Junior by Chambers & Partners (2021)

Simon Clegg is a very popular and busy junior practitioner who is regularly instructed in cases of serious and complex fraud as well as murder and violence.

He is a Grade-4 prosecutor and is regularly instructed by a number of prosecuting authorities, such as the CPS (including the Department of Rural, Health and Welfare), HMRC, Central Fraud Group North, the Health & Safety Executive, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Environment Agency. Simon also specialises in confiscation proceedings and is instructed by the Proceeds of Crime Unit.

R v Khan & others – led by Richard Wright QC. Trial of 7 men for murder and assisting an offender arising from the torture and beating to death of a man in Bradford.

R v Kay – led by Richard Wright QC. Trial of a murder from 1994 of a Bradford pensioner following a cold case review and new DNA testing techniques.

R v Rose – led by Peter Moulson QC. Allegation of murder based on the doctrine of transferred malice following a stabbing during an arranged street fight.

R v M – successful prosecution of practicing barrister who had failed to pay income tax and national insurance for over a decade.

R v Moon & others – led by Craig Hassall. Large scale importation of non-duty paid cigarettes from Ireland and Europe leading to lengthy custodial sentences.

R v C – s22 application for the reassessment of available assets under POCA 2002. The respondent received compensation following his acquittal on appeal for murder but had been the subject of a previous confiscation order for drug trafficking offences. The Crown Court revisited the confiscation order and increased the available amount.

R v Thompson & others – led by Craig Hassall. Former police officers conspired to import 6 million cigarettes leading to longest sentences ever imposed for this type of offence.

Contact Simon’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Lucy Finney on 0113 213 5220


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