Simon Kitchen

Year of Call 1988


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Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defence
  • Business Crime & Financial Services

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Western Circuit


Simon is a specialist criminal law barrister. He brings his wealth of knowledge of criminal law to the English bar where he has developed a speciality in all levels of crime. He has regularly led and has extensive jury trial advocacy experience and is well-versed in fraud and proceeds of crime cases (confiscation), firearms, drugs, violence, sex cases, and all other types of crime. He has a reputation for being able to handle the most difficult and demanding clients.

Notable Cases

Gun Crime and Firearms Law

R v M – Croydon Crown Court – a Multi-handed case involving a police-led investigation into the criminal acquisition and distribution of firearms.

R v JA – Wood Green Crown Court – Gang-related firearms and drugs case, where the defendant accidentally shot himself in the leg and tried to blame others. The case was notable as an improper approach was made to a juror by one of the senior investigating officers, causing the first trial to collapse.

R v MW – Kingston Crown Court – the successful case challenging the amendment to the Firearms Act, representing a Firearms Dealer alleged to have transferred a pistol to a gun club. It was a “test” case brought by the Met Police but closely watched by the Home Office and ACPO’s Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group (FELWG), defining the difference between a pistol and a rifle. AC Whiting (chair, ACPO FELWG) has now published guidance to all Firearms Licensing Managers as a result.


R v C & B – Central Criminal Court – Multi-handed murder trial, featured in a television documentary on the criminal justice system.

R v M – Multi-handed knife fight between rival Muslim gangs resulting in death and serious injuries (Snaresbrook Crown Court).

Serious Sexual Offences

R v T – Leicester Crown Court – multi-complainant historical rape trial, R v K – Maidstone Crown Court – multi-handed family incest case ()

Drugs Offences

R v B – Newcastle Crown Court – Multi-handed conspiracy to import over 20 tons of cannabis.

R v Y – Liverpool Crown Court – Multi-handed conspiracy to supply heroin from London to the North of England.

R v K – Sheffield Crown Court – Multi Handed wheel conspiracy to supply large quantities drugs, linked to a notorious local murder in which one the defendants had obtained an unexpected acquittal, causing the police to redouble their efforts to break a far-reaching criminal enterprise.


R v R – Aylesbury Crown Court – Gypsy traveller accused of keeping foreign workers in slavery and servitude. This was only the second trial under the new legislation in England.

Fraud and Financial Crime

R v S – Southwark Crown Court – High-value confiscation proceedings, following on from large-scale drug importations involving corrupt police officers.

R v W – Sheffield Crown Court – Large-scale mortgage fraud, involving dishonest solicitors and estate agents.

Dispute Resolution

Representing psychotherapists regarding professional complaints to the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and regarding other complaints and disputes with other clinics and professional bodies, obtaining satisfactory outcomes without the need to progress to full formal hearings.

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