Simon Gledhill


Simon is an experienced defence advocate in both the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. He is frequently instructed in cases involving serious financial offences and conspiracies. Arising from his financial crime practice, Simon has significant knowledge of the Proceeds of Crime legislation in relation to both its criminal and civil aspects.

He receives regular instructions in extradition cases acting solely for requested persons at both first instance hearings and, where required, High Court appeals.

He also acts in serious violent, sexual and drug-related cases.

He combines a passion for advocacy with an expert working knowledge of the law to ensure the highest standards of representation throughout all cases in which he receives instructions.

His attention to detailed analysis ensures that all elements of a client's case are comprehensively explored and prepared. Simon's cases frequently involve the instruction and active participation of expert witnesses and cross examination of the same.

Simon has received instructions in a number of cases with strong media interest including representing Mark Wright (The Only Way is Essex) in a public order trial at Redbridge Magistrates Court and Tulisa Contostavlos (The X Factor) in an appeal against conviction and sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Simon is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access services. 

Notable Cases:

There follows a brief list of examples of criminal cases Simon has been recently instructed in (acting as junior alone unless indicated):

Operation Forego - appeared at trial a multi count conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime and fraud offences with a value in excess of £1 million (led junior)

Operation Satawan - appeared at trial in a multi handed conspiracy to burgle targeting and removing safes from bookmakers premises around London (led junior)

Operation Averoya - appeared at trail for a defendant on a multi-handed conspiracy to import large quantities of cocaine into the UK

Operation Piranda - represented a Defendant arrested as part of a large scale police operation targeted ‘drugs gangs' operating in north London

Operation Vittoria - represented the Defendant in a multi-handed nationwide conspiracy to steal from parking meters with a alleged value of hundreds of thousands of pounds

Operation Grissino - represented a Defendant indicted following a test purchase class A drugs operation targeting alleged gang members in North London

Operation Dryden - represented a Defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy to steal targeting high-value pedal cycles parked at railway stations

Moldova v G (2017) - appeared for the requested person discharged on the basis of article 3 (prison conditions)

Operation Glassford - appeared at trial for an alleged revenge attack involving a multi handed assault on the Complainant using machetes resulting in grievous bodily harm injuries

Operation Plougastel (2017) - appeared at a trial in a kidnap, torture (section 18) and blackmail trial 

R v W (2017) - appeared at trial in relation to supply of multiple kilograms of cocaine and money laundering offences

R v H and others (2017) - appeared at trial for a kidnapping conspiracy involving the alleged false imprisonment and torture of the Complainant

R v H (2017) - appeared at trial in relation to an allegation of multiple violent rapes by H against his pregnant partner

R v B (2017) - appeared at successful application to dismiss in relation to a large scale online multi-jurisdiction banking fraud

Nigeria v I (2016) - appeared for the requested person in the first ever extradition request to the UK from Nigeria (discharged at first instance)

R v M (2016) - appeared at trial in relation to series of armed robberies of Chicken shops in North London

R v L and B (2016) - appeared at trial of a 'people smuggling' allegation

R v T (2016) - appeared at trial of a husband accused of wounding with intent by way of carving off his wife's buttock

R v G (2016) - appeared at trial in a rape of a professional escort

R v J and J (2015) - appeared at trial for a blackmail where the allegation was entrapment and blackmail of a convicted paedophile

R v FC, D, RD and MB (2015) - appeared at trial for RD on a multi-handed indictment alleging perverting the course of justice relating to the destruction of evidence following the murder of Sabrina Moss in Kilburn.

R v K (2015) - appeared at trial for a domestic wounding involving an allegation the Defendant stabbed his partner

R v L (2015) - appeared at trial for alleged historical sexual assaults by father on his daughter

R v A, B, M (2014) - appeared at trial multi-handed sophisticated armed robbery of a bookmakers involving an ‘inside man' allegation

Quinn Insurance v Altintas and another - represented the second Respondent in High Court contempt proceedings arising out of County Court litigation

R v A,Y, O (2014) - appeared at trial for a multi-handed rape and false imprisonment allegation

Operation Victory (2012) - represented a Defendant in a multi handed violent disorder and stabbings arising out of large scale violence in central London on Kosovo Independence day

Operation Quickstep (2012) - represented the Defendant in a child grooming investigation of Facebook involving undercover officers. Case stayed as an abuse of process following submission of entrapment

Reported Cases:


Cato and others v Republic of Peru [2016] EWHC 914; [2016] All ER (D) 182

Socha v Czech Republic [2016] EWHC 139 (Admin); [2016] All ER (D) 18

Zakrewski v Poland [2015] EWHC 3393 (Admin); [2016] 4 WLR 23

Kotic v Poland [2015] EWHC 2907 (Admin) 

Blaj and others v Romania [2015] EWHC 1710 (Admin)

Piotrowicz v Poland [2014] EWHC 388 (Admin)


R v Zhekov [2013] EWCA Crim 1656, [2014] 1 Cr.App.R.(S.) 69

R v Abdul Hussain [2013] EWCA Crim 1212

R v Gregory [2013] EWCA Crim 1047

R (on the application of K) v West London Magistrates Court [2012] EWHC 3864 (Admin)

DPP v Bholah [2011] UKPC 44; [2012] 1 WLR 1737; [2012] Lloyd's Rep FC 406

R v Shah [2011] EWCA Crim 2333; [2012] MHLR 92

R v Dale [2011] EWCA Crim 1675

R v Spriddell [2010] EWCA Crim 583

R v Williams [2009] EWCA Crim 6

Re Thomas Boyd Whyte Solicitors [2007] EWCA Crim 2740










LLB Law (First Class Honours) - Lancaster University
BVC (Outstanding) - Northumbria University
Benefactors' Scholar (Middle Temple)
Approved advocacy trainer for the Middle Temple

Memberships & Associations

Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Extradition Lawyers Association

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