Simon Bickler QC

Called in 1988

Areas of Practice
Crime, Family, Direct Public Access Barristers


Practice Profile

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With over 25 year’s experience, Simon’s reputation precedes him on all cases concerning child welfare. He has extensive experience when dealing with complex medical evidence and cross-examination of medical experts, with particular expertise in those cases involving shaking of infants leading to death or permanent brain damage.  Simon has particular expertise in serious children cases; both private and public law. He is highly regarded in cases concerning parental disputes over the leave to remove from the jurisdiction. He has extensive experience in acting for Local Authorities, Guardians and Parents. 

Notable Cases

Represented surviving child following deaths of two siblings. Overturned historical Coroner’s verdict following further pathology investigation.

Represented Local Authority in complex brain injury “baby shaking” case.

Represented father in finding of fact care proceedings concerning baby disfigured by burns sustained in boiling water. Complex medical evidence from burns experts.

Represented father in finding of fact care proceedings involving complex medical evidence of devastating head injury to 5 day old baby sustained whilst in hospital.

Represented father in finding of fact care proceedings. Life threatening rectal injury to 12 year old boy with autism and learning difficulties.

Represented father in rape and indecent assault on step-daughter aged 12 through to 15.

Appeared for father of a child who Local Authority wished to place for adoption. He had a substantial criminal record. Successfully challenged the Local Authority.

Represented father concerning the death by poisoning of a two year old boy and the physical and emotional abuse suffered by his surviving ten year old brother. Complex DNA and pathology evidence and psychiatric analysis. Represented interest of a baby found with a depressed skill fracture having been born with an unusually large head. Complex medical evidence. Numerous experts.

Criminal Law

Simon has a high level of excellence expertise and experience in all areas of crime, with particular emphasis on the most serious and complex of cases including murder, manslaughter, fraud and serious organised crime.

Simon maintains a successful fraud practice. Simon covers all areas of fraud including investment fraud, credit card fraud, VAT and revenue fraud, advance fee frauds and internet frauds. He is highly adept at managing document heavy cases and managing the involvement of professional experts.

Fraud Cases:

R v Alvey

International car theft from Japan on a massive scale in conspiracy with Stolen Vehicle Squad Police Officers.

R v Zakeri

Complex Inland Revenue and Customs Prosecution involving four businesses over a period of six years.

R v Tojagic

Conspiracy to Cheat the Inland Revenue by fraudulently claiming rollover relief of Corporation Tax. The first case in the country using new Court room technology.

R v Spence

Defended man accused of conspiracy to defraud creditors by complex web of offshore companies.

R v Osborne

Complex international money laundering of £20 million of proceeds of Heroin supply.

Professional Endorsements

"Provides impartial, professional and realistic advice"2015 Legal 500

"Highly regarded for his expertise in complex fraud cases" 2014 Legal 500

"Very good at cross-examining medical experts"2013 Legal 500

"Never fails to get the ear of the court" 2012 Legal 500

"Clients also recommend Simon Bickler QC who took silk in early 2011" 2011 Legal 500

"Simon Bickler is noted for his expertise in child cases involving non-accidental injury" 2010 Legal 500

"A highly persuasive advocate". 2009 Legal 500

"Very impressive member of St Pauls Chambers"2008 Legal 500

"An extremely strong and persuasive advocate, exceptionally hard working and fearless in Court" 2007 Legal 500

direct access

Simon is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access to Barristers Scheme.

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