Call: 1997 | QC: 2021
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Crime

Homicide and Fatalities

R v Ling & Others [2020] Leading for the Crown. Ongoing conspiracy to murder and firearms case.

R v Burnett [2020] Murder. Counsel for the Crown.
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R v McAuley [2020] Murder Counsel for the Crown.
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R v Cromwell and 9 Others [2020] Leading Counsel for the Crown in this 9-handed Attempted Murder/Violent Disorder.
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R v Noel and Lee [2019] Attempted Murder.
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R v PP & W [2018] Leading counsel for the Crown. 3-handed conspiracy to murder case which involved a shooting at Sandwich Marina.
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R v Kray [2018] Counsel for the Crown in this case where the defendant was alleged to have murdered his daughter. Plea to manslaughter accepted on the basis of diminished responsibility.
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R v Latter [2018] Counsel for the Crown in this ongoing case involving an attempted murder in a care home for the elderly.
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R v King [2018] Counsel for the Crown. Originally charged as murder. Case involved one punch thrown by a 16-year-old boy. Plea to manslaughter accepted.
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R v Philpot [2018] Counsel for the Crown. ‘One punch’ manslaughter case.
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R v F [2018] Counsel for the Crown. Attempted murder in HMP Swaleside.

R v A [2018] Counsel for the Crown. Attempted Murder of multiple victims by driving motor vehicle into nightclub.
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R v Keogh [2017] Counsel for the Crown. Attempted Murder trial.

R v McKenzie [2017] Counsel for the Crown. Attempted Murder trial.
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R v Smith and Bourdon-Pierre [2017] Counsel for the Crown. Manslaughter trial following altercation at a taxi rank.
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R v Grant [2017] Counsel for the Crown in this case involving double attempted murder allegations.
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R v Bowditch [2017] Counsel for the Crown in this case of gross-negligence manslaughter in which the defendant was originally charged with murder.
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R v Trailor [2016] Insanity trial of schizophrenic who was shot by police whilst attempting to murder his daughter. This case was notable for the fact that, due to the injuries sustained following the police intervention, the defendant participated in the trial from his hospital bed via video link.
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R v Love [2016] Leading Counsel for the Crown in this Murder trial at Maidstone Crown Court involving the beating of an elderly gentleman to death in his own home by a gang of prolific offenders.
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R v Tomlin and Barham [2016] Murder trial at the Maidstone Crown Court, complicated by the state of decomposition of the deceased at the time his body was found.
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Cases Involving Sexual Misconduct

R v Muslimyar & Others [2017] Leading Counsel for the Crown in this 4-handed rape of a 16-year-old girl above a kebab shop.
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R v Nyafli [2015] Successfully defended former Gillingham FC striker, Nathan Nyafli, who was acquitted of raping a female in the penthouse apartment owned by the chairman of Gillingham Football Club in May 2014.
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Other Recent and Ongoing Notable Crime Cases

R v Aina & Others [2019-2021] Ongoing 21-handed prison mutiny case.

R v B and 9 Others [2020-2021] Ongoing 10-handed section 18 and violent disorder case.
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R v Aliaj and Others [2019] Successful prosecution of a 14-handed drugs conspiracy.

Regulatory

In addition to general crime, Mr Taylor has both prosecuted and defended in cases prosecuted by the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive. In particular, his extensive experience of confiscation and deprivation matters has been utilised successfully in the context the prosecution of environmental offences.

  • Former member of Attorney General’s Specialist Regulatory Advocates Panel for Health and Safety and Environmental Law
  • R v Cuffe [2019] – Instructed by Gordons LLP. Successful for defence in environmental pollution case.
  • R v Habitat Construction LLP [2014] – Instructed by Tuckers on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive. The Defendant Company (a ‘High End’ London Property Developer) was fined £110,000 by the judge at Southwark Crown Court for a series of safety failings that led to an employee sustaining catastrophic spinal injury.

Recommendations

"An outstanding court performer. He has a particular talent for making complex topics accessible to juries. His fearless advocacy attracts admiration from opponents, clients and judges."

― Legal 500 [2022]

"He’s an incredibly persuasive guy. He is always on the ball and he gets his point across."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2020]

"A stand-out junior who has developed a first-class practice, prosecuting and defending the most serious cases."

― Legal 500 [2020]

"He’s user-friendly for defendants, juries and judges, and his preparation is among the best I’ve seen from anyone."

"He’s very organised, very user-friendly and incredibly efficient."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2019]

"Experienced acting as lead counsel in homicide and serious sexual offences cases."

"Efficient, effective and liked by juries and judges."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2017]

"He is noted for his expertise in sexual offences and offences against the person, and also undertakes fraud and money laundering cases."

"He has an excellent client manner that bears dividends with difficult and vulnerable clients.” “He provides detailed timely advice, with clear and realistic instructions."

― Legal 500 [2016]

"Takes ownership of a case so that solicitors feel fully supported at all times."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2015]
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Appointments

  • Queen’s Counsel (2021)
  • Recorder (2020) Family Law, South Eastern Circuit
  • Grade 4 CPS Counter Terrorism Panel
  • Grade 4 CPS Panel Advocate (London and South East)
  • CPS Rape Specialist

Publications

Co-Author of the ‘Case Management Chapter’ of the practitioner text “Vulnerable People in the Criminal Justice System: A Guide to Law and Practice” published by the Oxford University Press.

Latest news

11th February 2022

New edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England published with Simon Taylor QC a Consultant Editor

The fifth edition of Volume 47 of Halsbury’s Laws of England has been published by LexisNexis.

15th March 2021

Megan Thomas and Simon Taylor appointed as Queen’s Counsel

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce Megan Thomas and Simon Taylor's appointment as Queen's Counsel today.

18th December 2020

Chambers is pleased to announce that Megan Thomas and Simon Taylor will be appointed to Silk

Following the announcement of the latest Queen’s Counsel appointments, Chambers warmly congratulates Megan Thomas and Simon Taylor.

8th October 2020

Simon Taylor appointed a Recorder sitting in Family Law on the South Eastern Circuit

Six Pump Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Simon Taylor has been appointed a Recorder sitting in the Family Law jurisdiction on the South Eastern Circuit.

15th November 2019

Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern & Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

A regional heat of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2019/20 was held last weekend at Maidstone Crown Court.

3rd December 2018

Oliver Saxby QC, Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern and Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 1st December 2018, Maidstone Crown Court hosted the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19.

26th October 2018

Conspiracy to murder trial underway – Simon Taylor and Ben Irwin prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Glenn Pollard, Heather Pollard and Hayley Weatherall began last week at Maidstone Crown Court.

22nd March 2018

Simon Taylor appointed to CPS Specialist Counter Terrorism Panel

Simon Taylor has been appointed as a Grade 4 advocate on the CPS Specialist Counter Terrorism Panel.

5th February 2018

Sentence in ‘Diminished Responsibility’ Manslaughter – Simon Taylor prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The sentence of Richard Kray took place today, the man who killed his 19 year old daughter by strangulation and attempted to kill his ex-wife by the same manner.

8th September 2017

New book on vulnerable people in the criminal justice system

Simon Taylor is a contributing author to the recently published practitioner text 'Vulnerable People in the Criminal Justice System: A Guide to Law and Practice'.

27th January 2017

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Case: Simon Taylor Prosecutes, Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock Defend

Sentence took place on Thursday in the case of Michael Bowditch, a 21 year old man charged in connection with the death of a...

30th September 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn secure conviction of Mark Love on charges of murder and aggravated burglary

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed by the South Eastern Complex Case Work Unit of the CPS, have secured the conviction of Mark Love...

9th September 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn begin murder trial at Maidstone Crown Court

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed on behalf of the prosecution by the South Eastern Complex Case Work Unit of the CPS, have begun...

8th February 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn secure unanimous convictions in murder trial

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn instructed by the South Eastern Complex Casework Unit of the CPS have secured the conviction of Allison Tomlin and...

7th December 2015

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn begin prosecution in murder trial

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed by the South Eastern Case Work Unit of the CPS, begin the prosecution of Alison Tomlin and John...

13th November 2015

Better Case Management: Training and Information Event – 1st December

Six Pump Court is hosting a training event to provide an overview to the changes that will be implemented as a consequence of the...

25th March 2015

Six Pump Court Vulnerable Witness Seminar

Members of the criminal team today gave a seminar to Kent CPS lawyers and caseworkers on the subject of Vulnerable Witnesses. Introduced by Eleanor...

11th February 2015

John O’Higgins and Simon Taylor appear in Gillingham Football Club Rape Case

John O'Higgins prosecutes and Simon Taylor defends in the case of the former professional footballer, Nathan Nyafli, who is accused of raping a female...

13th November 2014

Case of R v C commences at Maidstone Crown Court

The prosecution of a man charged with historic sexual abuse got underway at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday. There are six complainants, alleging a...

5th October 2014

Pascal Bates and Simon Taylor lead Bribery Act Training Event

On 1st November 2012 Pascal Bates and Simon Taylor led a CPD accredited training event on the Bribery Act 2010 at the head quarters of Epping Forest District...

5th October 2014

Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor begin defence of alleged fraudster Scott Baker

The trial of Scott Baker, accused of a widescale investment/mortgage fraud, began last week. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor, instructed by Bond Joseph solicitors are...

29th September 2014

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn instructed to prosecute in case concerning historic sexual abuse at Barnados Home in the 1980’s

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn have been instructed to prosecute the trial of Richard Gallacher charged with multiple counts of historic sexual abuse of 7 boys (including...

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