Simon Kealey QC is an extremely popular advocate who enjoys a busy practice concentrating solely on criminal law for both defence and prosecution. Simon has been involved in a large number of leading cases both on the North Eastern Circuit and beyond. The principle offence groups undertaken are murder and manslaughter, serious fraud, high value drug offences, people trafficking, sexual offences and driving offences resulting in fatalities.

The work undertaken by Simon often includes cases of significant factual and legal complexity and he is accustomed to leading and working with large legal teams. In addition to the work undertaken in the Crown Court Simon also has an impressive appeal practice and has been involved in many complex appeal court matters throughout his career. Simon will accept instructions in significant cases from legally aided and private clients and will cover the full spectrum of criminal offences and appeal work.

Simon is part of the Bar Council Speakers for Schools Programme.

Areas of Practice

  • Serious Fraud
  • Murder / Serious Violence
  • Drugs Offences
  • Regulatory & Professional Discipline
  • Organised Crime & People Trafficking
  • Serious Sexual Offences
  • Offences involving fatalities including accidents at work

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • R v Ayub & Others

    Leading counsel in a multi handed conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Agency by a firm of Solicitors in Bradford.

  • Operation Olham

    Leading counsel in multi handed conspiracy to defraud the Government of monies obtained by grants to fund a Bradford Free School.

  • Operation Yesler

    Leading counsel in a multi handed conspiracy to defraud.

  • R v Ul Haq & Others

    Lead advocate in multi handed people trafficking trial.

  • R v Hussain & Others

    Acted for lead Defendant in multi handed people trafficking & fraud trial.

  • R v Valli & Others

    Lead advocate in case involving organised crime and £2m stolen goods from commercial vehicles.

  • R v Steele & Others

    Lead advocate in organised crime trial involving high value domestic burglary.

  • R v Ali

    Commercial fraud involving £10m land transfers.

  • R v Friesner

    Acted for Prosecution in case involving barrister stealing from his Chambers.

  • R v Laws

    Prosecution of accountant for CPS HQ for £1.5m fraud.

  • Operation Newnham

    Banking fraud involving the obtaining of customer details by bank employee & large number of accounts defrauded.

  • Operation Florida

    Multi-defendant trial involving organised criminal group targeting high value HGV containers to steal contents throughout UK then distribute gang members money out of the UK.

  • Operation Jamesford

    International fraud and money laundering trial involving ‘cuckoo smurfing’ to transfer money out of the UK.

  • R v B

    Senior accountant at major high street business charged with accounting fraud.

Notable Cases

  • R v McIntyre & Others

    Acted for lead Defendant in multi handed drugs trial where organised commercial supply of Class A drugs across North of England.

  • R v Valli & Others

    Acted as lead Advocate in highly organised conspiracy trials involving supply of Class A drugs and handling of very high value commercial goods.

  • R v Philpotts & Others

    Series of cases involving gangs and organised drug dealing. Expertise in mobile phone analysis.

Notable Cases

  • R v B

    Acted for Prosecution in trial of high profile church missionary accused of historic sexual offences in UK & abroad.

  • R v H

    Acted for defence in multiple rape trial involving published book by a complainant.

  • R v H

    Trial of police community support officer accused of multiple sexual offences.

  • R v D

    Trial involving multiple complainants of sexual offences against teenage children involving grooming offences.

Notable Cases

  • R v Star

    Defendant charged with preparing acts of terrorism involving the use of explosives in a driverless car.

  • R v Matthews & Donovan

    Acting for the prosecution as Junior to Julian Goose QC in the case concerning the kidnap of the 9-year old Shannon Matthews by her mother Karen.

  • R v Skidmore

    Highly unusual case involving conspiracy to prevent a lawful burial by two undertakers. The only modern reported case in this area cited in Archbold and raises important issues about the scope of the offence.

  • R v Saddique

    Multi-Defendant trial involving gang violence & use of a firearm.

  • R v Roddis

    Defendant previously convicted of terrorist offences charged with further offences involving the possession of explosives.

Notable Cases

  • R v Howarth

    Historic sexual allegations within the family.

  • R v Cunningham

    Appeal against conviction and sentence for multiple sexual offences.

  • R v Mills

    HGV driver charged with death by dangerous driving where potential issue over state of vehicle & funded by employer’s insurance. Negotiated plea with prosecution to offence of death by careless driving.

  • R v Vaughan

    Senior NHS manager charged with historic child sex offences & child cruelty. After trial, defendant was acquitted of all charges save one.

  • SGC Guidelines for Sexual Offences
  • Bad Character Update
  • Rape: Preparing the case for trial

"Respected practitioner who is highly regarded for his advocacy in serious criminal cases. He is especially familiar with cases involving drugs conspiracy and people trafficking."
Chambers & Partners 2019

"He will be a top player in silk - he is the complete package."
Chambers & Partners 2019

"A very thorough, calm and persuasive advocate."
Chambers & Partners 2019

"His practice includes multi-defendant heavyweight criminal cases."
Legal 500 2018

Practice Areas

Appointments & Memberships

  • Recorder (2012)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • North Eastern Circuit

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