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Simon Clegg

Year of call:
University of Leeds, LLB
Nottingham Law School, BVC
Pupil at Sovereign Chambers (to Mark McKone)
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Trainer of Expert Police Witnesses (drugs & counter-terrorism)
Attorney General's List of Approved Counsel
CPS Advocate Panel Environment Agency Advocate Panel Health & Safety Executive Advocate Panel
Advocacy Trainer for the North Eastern Circuit CPS Advocate Confiscation Panel
Assistant Junior of the North Eastern Circuit
Grade-3 prosecutor
Grade 4 Prosecutor Attorney General's Regional Panel - B Panel
List B of the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates Judicial appointment to the First-Tier Tribunal - Immigration & Asylum Chamber
North Eastern Circuit

Ranked Tier 1 for Construction, Planning and Environment. – The Legal 500 (2020)

Ranked band 2 for Environment – Chambers & Partners (2020)

Leading Junior in 2017’s Legal 500 for Regulatory and Health & Safety

Specialist Regulatory Advocate (B List)

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)

Simon Clegg prosecutes and defends in serious cases brought by Fire & Rescue Authorities, the Environment Agency, Health & Safety Executive and local authorities. He often provides pre-charge advice in relation to complex and large-scale operations which lead to proceedings in the Magistrates, Crown and High Court. Recent cases include:

R v APD: Prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in respect of a block of student flats which posed a risk to human safety. This case also included charges for a health and safety consultant who provided an incompetent fire assessment report.

R v JJCE: Illegal depositing of construction waste on kettle ponds leading to the death and destruction of a European protected species of newts.

R v A & Others: Led by David Brooke QC in ten-handed prosecution relating to the illegal depositing of waste.

R v Douglas: Prosecution of waste activities culminating in a large fire which led to parliamentary involvement.

R v C Ltd: Defence of company following serious injury at workplace involving chainsaw being used up a tree.

R v B: Defence of landlord in relation to dangerous residential premises.

R v Atkinson: Prosecution of incompetent and unlicensed gas-fitter who created risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

R v Letterbox: Prosecution of company following serious injury caused by unguarded machinery.

Since 2012 Simon has been a panelist advocate for both the EA and HSE. Simon has experience of private prosecutions and is often instructed to advise upon the merits of potential prosecutions at an early stage.


Simon also undertakes inquest work, and his cases have included:

  • Driver in police pursuit killed in multi-vehicle RTA
  • Death of dockworker due to health & safety failures of employer
  • Teenager misdiagnosed by GP.


Contact Simon’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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