Simon Rippon

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Career background 

After call, worked as a Case Review manager at the Criminal Cases Review Commission.  During his time there, was involved in completion of  the CCRC's first Section 15 investigation on the direction of the Court of Appeal, and the first Section 19 appointment of an investigating officer.

Practice details

Joined Citadel in 2011, having previously practised at St. Ives Chambers in Birmingham.  Has established a practice which is predominantly defence, but is also instructed to prosecute. Regularly instructed to represent those charged with homicide, serious sexual offences (including historic and non-historic allegations of rape and indecent assault against children), armed robbery, significant drug importations and conspiracies to supply, fraud and other offences of dishonesty, offences against the person, and death by dangerous driving.    

Recent cases have included :

  • Represented an Iraqi Kurd charged with multiple counts of rape, acquitted following s78 PACE application.
  • Represented a teenager charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual activity concerning several children, the trial lasting 3 months.
  • represented one of a number of defendants charged with human trafficking for the purposes of prostitution, in the country's longest-running trial of its kind :  a case involving European arrest warrants and forensic scrutiny of bank accounts, computers and telephones
  • instructed advocate and junior counsel representing defendant in a high-profile murder case involving complex scientific evidence
  • represented a defendant charged with conspiracy to import drugs to the value of £26 million
  • represented the principal defendant in a 'human trafficking' case, where the victim had been lured to the UK and forced into prostitution, by violence and threats including the discharge of a firearm
  • represented the respondent in R -v- Hicks [2009] EWCA Crim 733,  regarding Sexual Offences Prevention Orders 
  • represented a defendant charged with rape and other serious sexual offences against 4 complainants over a span of 30 years
  • various Proceeds of Crime Act hearings with substantial alleged benefit figures, up to many £millions
  • various hearings before the Court of Appeal  (Criminal division)    
  • represented a defendant charged with a series of sexual assaults upon young girls, over and under 13 years

Also accepts instructions to conduct privately funded motoring matters in the Magistrates' Court, and to appear at Coroner's inquests.

Direct Access

Accredited by the Bar Council under the Direct Access procedure, and in suitable cases is happy to accept instructions directly from members of the public.   Please refer to the Direct Access section of the website for further information.

Continuing professional development

In June 2019, presented a seminar to the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, on the treatment of vulnerable witnesses in the criminal justice system.