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Primary areas of practice:

  • Fraud & Financial Crime
  • Crime
  • Serious Sexual Offences
  • Regulatory & Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Inquiries

Appointments

  • Head of Chambers 2009
  • Queen’s Counsel 2003
  • Recorder to the Crown Court 2000
  • Assistant Recorder to the Crown Court 1998

Legal Directories

  • Simon Russell Flint QC is ranked for his criminal and fraud (criminal) work in the current editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
  • Legal 500 2012 refer to Simon as “a charming advocate” and “a consummate professional”.
  • A very stylish, well-rounded and experienced silk who has a very nice style with a jury.’ Chambers & Partners 2017 (Crime)
  • An exceptional barrister’. Legal 500, 2016 : Crime
  • Frequently instructed in sensitive cases’. Legal 500, 2016 : Fraud : Crime
  • He is a fantastic advocate whom juries absolutely love’ . Chambers & Partners 2016 (Crime)
  • He is very well regarded and hugely admired by a variety of people’. Chambers & Partners 2016 (Financial Crime)
  • He is very good with the clients, very good on paperwork  and he has charisma’   Chambers and Partners 2015 Financial Crime
  • Simon’s cross examination stands out.  He just has this lovely manner about him and he is a very good tactician’ Chambers and Partners 2015 Crime
  • A skilled advocate who commands respect in the courtroom.’ Legal 500 2014
  • Immensely amiable, effective, intelligent and incisive” – few barristers enjoy a more comprehensive commendation from the legal directories.

The Legal 500 goes on to say that he is “charming with clients and versatile” and an “excellent jury advocate”.

Not surprisingly Simon Russell Flint QC is hugely in demand as a criminal advocate. His career highlights bear this out, and include the House of Lords murder case; R v Acott, R v Imeila; the trial of the ‘M25’  or ‘trophy’ rapist, R v Lin Liang Ren, Zhao Xiao Qing & Others; the Morecombe Bay cockle-picking disaster and more recently R v Twomey, Cameron, Blake & Hibberd; the first jury-less criminal trial in 400 years.

Fraud & Financial Crime

R v Jandu & Jandu | Isleworth Crown Court, Defending allegations of conspiracy to defraud made in a private prosecution by solicitor’s firm of which Defendants were former partners. News Report

R v Potter & Others, Defending allegations of conspiracy to cheat the Revenue in relation to film investments made by a former investment banker. News Report

R v Scourfield & Others | Southwark Crown Court, Defending in allegations of conspiracy to corrupt, fraudulent trading, blackmail and money laundering, by former employees of HBOS. News Report

R v Griffiths and Another | Birmingham Crown Court, Defending a former company director charged with multiple allegations of obtaining investments by the making of false representations

R v Jacobs & Others | Southwark Crown Court, Defending a former company director charged with allegations of corruption relating to Nigerian tax officials.

Datec Electronics Holdings Ltd & Others v HMRC | First Tier Tax Tribunal, Leading counsel for Appellants in a claim for repayment of withheld input tax due to the alleged fraudulent evasion of VAT.

R v Malmstrom & Morris [2012] | Southwark Crown Court, Leading counsel for the defence of accused charged by SFO with laundering proceeds of £52 million pension disinvestment fraud. SFO Report

R v Brown & Darmoo [2012] | Southwark Crown Court, Leading counsel for the defence of accused charged by RCPO with transferring controlled prohibited arms to Iraq. News Report

R v Shepherd & Others [2011] | Southwark Crown Court, Leading counsel for the defence of Margaret Canty – Shepherd, one of 5 accused charged by SFO with laundering the proceeds of the alleged Beijing Olympics ticketing fraud. SFO Report

Trimax Trading International Ltd v HMRC [ 2012] | First Tier Tax Tribunal, Leading counsel for Appellant ’ s in a claim for repayment of withheld input tax due to the alleged fraudulent evasion of VAT.

R v Rothman & Others, Leading counsel for defence on charges of defrauding lending institutions.

R v Cadwell, First junior counsel for the defence in a 3 handed SFO prosecution involving international promotion of allegedly bogus investment schemes involving trades of transactions of Mexican government bonds.

R v Cadwell, Counsel for defence on charges of possession of 400 allegedly false bearer bonds each with a value of £5 million purportedly issued by the Royal International Insurance Company.

Crime

His career highlights include the notable cases of R v Twomey, Cameron, Blake & Hibberd – the first jury – less criminal trial in 400 years; the House of Lords murder case R v Acott; R v Perry Wacker, the trial of the Dutch lorry driver charged with the death of 58 Chinese illegal entrants at Dover docks; R v Imiela , the trial of the ‘M25’ or ‘trophy’ rapist; and R v Lin Liang Ren, Zhao Xiao Qing & Others, the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking disaster.

R v Kelly & others [2013] Liverpool Crown Court
Allegations of multi – handed murder by London defendants in City Centre.
R v P & another [2013] Lewes Crown Court: murder by stabbing in planned gang revenge attack.

R v McCollin & others [2012] Oxford Crown Court
Multi-handed murder of homeless man in City Centre.

R v Zakari & Others [2012] Central Criminal Court
Leading counsel for defence of alleged ‘gang – murder’ and associated violence offences.

R v Dawkins & others [2012] Central Criminal Court
Leading counsel for defence of alleged ‘gang – murder’ and associated firearms offences.

R v Szostek & others [2011] Hove Crown Court
Leading counsel for defence of alleged street murder.

R v Reasbeck [2011] Lewes Crown Court
Defending a nursing home assistant charged with the killing of an elderly resident by setting fir e to the premises

R v Fiona Donnison [2011] Lewes Crown Court
Defending mother charged with the murder of her two children aged 2 and 3 years.
[2012] EWCA Crim 3073

R v Guthrie & Others [2011] 2 Cr.App.R. 20
Responding in Court of Appeal decision concerning the power of a Judge to continue the trial and to return verdicts following the discharge of the jury due to jury tampering.

R v Twomey & Others (No. 2) [2011] 1 Cr.App.R. 29
Responding to the appeal relating to the first criminal trial without a jury. (See below).

R v McMillan [2010] Lewes Crown Court
Prosecution of killer of transsexual sex – worker in her own home.

R v Twomey, Cameron, Blake & Hibberd [2010] Central Criminal Court (sitting at RCJ)
Prosecuting the first criminal trial witho ut a jury before Mr. Justice Treacy. The four defendants accused of participation in the Heathrow robbery whose earlier trial with a jury was stopped because of jury tampering. Telegraph News Report

R v Hung Mai [2010] Central Criminal Court
Defending murder by a Vietnamese drug gang.

R v Liddell & Others [2010] Central Criminal Court
Leading Counsel for the defence of one of four youths charged with murder and manslaughter on Halloween night in Bromley.

R v O’Shea Central Criminal Court
Conspiracy to inflict GBH with intent.

R v Chenery – Wickens Lewes Crown Court
The widely publicised case of the Sussex – based spiri tualist minister who murdered his wife, the BAFTA award winning make – up artist, Diane. BBC News Report

R v Schofield Liverpool Crown Court
Defending a police officer charged with causing death by dangerous driving as a result of killing an oncoming motorist as the officer tested Vascar speed – trap equipment whilst driving at 104 mph on a B road.

 

Serious Sexual Offences

R v Ibitoye Woolwich Crown Court
Defending an alleged rapist accused of 5 counts of rape. I ndictment stayed as an abuse of process.

R v Whyte Guildford Crown Court
Multiple counts of rapes and buggeries of deaf and without – speech female.

R v Praill Maidstone Crown Court
Allegations of historic persistent s exual abuse and rapes of females.

Regulatory & Disciplinary Proceedings

Simon is appointed by the Home Office as a Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal.

Inquiries

Formal Investigation into the collision between the Marchioness and the Bowbelle [HMSO 23.3.2001] (Counsel for Terence Blayney, the “look – out” on the foredeck of the Bowbelle at the time of its fatal collision, in the formal investigation chaired by Lord Justice Clarke between Oct and Dec 2000)