Red Lion Chambers

Simon Spence QC

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Practice Areas

Simon's practice is an even mix of prosecution and defence work. In 2008 he was Prosecution Junior of Steve Wright convicted of the murders of five Ipswich prostitutes. Since taking silk Simon has specialised in homicide and serious violence. High-profile cases include: the successful defence of a householder accused of murder and attempted murder of two intruders into his home; the defence of a 15 year old boy, believed to be the youngest ever double murderer; prosecuting and defending in ‘county lines’ stabbings; a successful response to a CCRC reference against a murder conviction from 2003. The appeal was described by the Court of Appeal as “uniquely complex in terms of forensic evidence”. Simon has extensive experience of recent and historic sexual offence cases, particularly concerning very young and vulnerable victims and witnesses, including prosecuting a large inter-familial paedophile ring in Birmingham. He has defended a number of regulatory cases including a chartered accountant acquitted of Conspiracy to Defraud. He is currently instructed to defend an ex-professional footballer for fraud as well as to prosecute and defend in a number of murders in the South East and Midlands. He is a door tenant at Dere Street Chambers, York.


Call: 1985; Silk: 2009.

Professional Appointments:

Chairman of the East Anglian Bar Mess 2010-present;

Legal Assessor for the Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 2014-present.

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association;

South Eastern Circuit – Northern Circuit;

Howard League for Penal Reform;

Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.