Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - The Regions (Bar)
Simon Connolly developed a substantial practice in the area since transferring to the Bar in 2019, and is regularly sought out to act in Article 2 inquests. He is instructed by public and private bodies, with recent work for care providers and the police.
Strengths: "He's a very good operator and an effective advocate." "He is a very personable barrister and clients really like him."
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Simon is a specialist inquest practitioner with a particular expertise in representing healthcare organisations and professionals in proceedings throughout the jurisdiction.
He is particularly sought after to represent the interests of providers of healthcare services within the Secure Estate and also the Ministry of Justice, by virtue of his appointment in 2020 to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Civil Counsel, in lengthy and often complex death in custody inquest proceedings which engage Article 2 ECHR and are heard by a Coroner sitting with a jury.
During his career, both at the Bar and as a solicitor, Simon has been instructed to represent healthcare professionals of all manner of disciplines and specialities in addition to providers of healthcare services. His experience broadly encompasses the healthcare spectrum and includes doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and pharmacies and unscheduled care providers. Directory rankings acknowledge the extent of his knowledge of Coronial law and his “impressive” medical knowledge.
Since his transfer to the Bar, Simon’s inquest practice has developed to now include the representation of social care providers and professionals and also the police in connection with alleged investigatory failures resulting in or contributing to death and deaths occurring during the currency of police investigations.
Simon Attorney General’s Panel of Regional Counsel and is the head of Healthcare Regulatory Team at Park Square Barristers.