Iain Simkin

Iain Simkin

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1995

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“A fantastic advocate, who is a true fighter and great with clients.” Legal 500 2016

Iain was called to the bar in 1995 and specialises in regulatory law and serious crime. His practice focuses on health and Safety, environmental cases, inquests and serious crime


Renowned for his expertise across the range of regulatory cases; Iain is a first class advocate and lawyer who has been the first choice for many national and international companies. He has offered his specialised advice, proficiency in negotiation and excellent representation both before and after action has commenced. He is known as a robust advocate, and is highly praised for his modern and flexible approach. In serious crime he acts as a leading junior and counsel alone and regularly contests cases against silks.


  • Regulatory

    Health and Safety

    HSE -v- P (Court of Appeal [2013] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 34) – National food delivery company having accepted liability for an injury to an employee successfully appealed the sentence at higher court.

    HSE -v- S (Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Crim.264) – Junior alone against QC HSE prosecution resulted in a lengthy sentencing hearing and the defendant appealed. The contested parts of the appeal were successfully defended

    HSE -v- E (Leeds Crown Court) – Large commercial client charged with serious breaches of the HSWA 1974 following a fatal accident to one of its employees. The risk to reputational damage was severe. A 2 year police/HSE investigation was discontinued at the Crown Court on the first day of trial following a series of wide-ranging representations.

    Food Safety

    Westminster City Council -v- G – Celebrity chef’s restaurant fined after failed inspection. Secured withdrawal of all proceedings against Managing Director of the business and limited the fine.

    Environmental Agency

    Iain has prosecuted and defended numerous Environmental Agency and Local Authority environmental prosecutions. They include:

    Bury MBC -v- R (Bolton Crown Court) – Prosecuted a 3 week trial in the Crown Court concerning the illegal dumping of waste by an established building contractor

    EA -v- A – Successfully secured the withdrawal of 5 offences relating to the escape of highly toxic chemicals from client’s site in North Wales. Allegations that 22 injured and significant potential for environmental harm all withdrawn

    EA -v- C (Sheffield Crown Court) – A major house builder was charged with 15 offences relating to the unlawful carriage and disposal of carcinogenic waste. Successfully persuaded the prosecution to withdraw 12 offences leaving 3 technical offences only relating to paperwork (transfer notes)

    EA -v- D (Warrington Crown Court) – Following a “Panorama” investigation, the client was prosecuted by the EA for offences involving the illegal exportation of electronic waste to West Africa


    List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety (List B)

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  • Inquests

    Iain has conducted a large number of inquests (Jamieson and Article 2 with and without juries) on behalf of a variety of interested parties. His clients have been as diverse as Maersk, SERCO (prison staff and health care workers) and the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. In addition, he has conducted cases on behalf of bereaved families.


    Re: T. A “Jamieson” inquest whereby an employee had been crushed to death by a large pane of glass which fell on top of him. Maersk were the owners of the dry dock where the cargo handlers unloaded the glass. The inquest lasted for 2 weeks and legal submissions successfully prevented gross negligence manslaughter being left to the Jury.

    Re: C. (Article 2) the deceased was a prisoner who had died by suspending himself. The CSRA, PER and ACCT documentation all had to be closely analysed along with the entirety of the deceased’s prison records. All the evidence needed to be interpreted for the jury and there was a great deal of medical information from both System 1 and GP’s notes.

    Re: F. (Article 2) the deceased died at 18 whilst in custody from a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage, the condition is extremely rare in such a young man. There was voluminous evidence from both neurologists and neurosurgeons all of which needed to be explored and the relevant issues presented to the Jury in a clear, concise and comprehensible way.

    Re: L. (Article 2) the deceased had died whilst in custody from an overdose of prescribed and illicit drugs. The deceased was a heroin user who, whilst in prison, was under the supervision of IDTS and healthcare. There was substantial evidence to demonstrate that prisoners were diverting their medication and the toxicology report detailed the deceased having taken a cocktail of illicit opiates and benzodiazepines. The “orange book” and the NICE guidelines with regard to dispensing practises were placed before the jury such that they could appreciate the relevant clinical context.

    Re: G. (Article 2) the deceased was crushed to death at Leeds Bus Station. Despite extensive written and oral submissions the deputy coroner ruled that this was an article 2 inquest. Despite very damming and misplaced recommendations from the assistant coroner, the HSE took no further action.

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  • Crime

    Iain has a wealth of experience in defending and prosecuting criminal cases, including murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, public order offences, drugs cases (trafficking and supply), fraud and the full range of offences against the person.


    R -v- Ahmed – rival drugs gang murder where victim was killed following a clash in the street concerning a drugs “turf war”.

    R -v- Kitchen – Paranoid schizophrenic charged with murdering his sister over her refusal to fund his drug habit. Ten boxes of medical records required analysing after the defendant was identified following a BBC Crimewatch appeal

    R -v- Abdullahi – domestic violence case where defendant murdered her partner following his alleged mistreatment. Issues concerned complex scientific evidence used to determine the identity of the killer.

    R v Evans – Leading junior against a QC and senior junior. Domestic violence and rape against defendant’s partners. Prosecuted to conviction after trial. Conviction successfully defended at the Court of Appeal.

    R v Johnson – Junior alone against QC and senior junior. Historic familial rape of a wife and daughter. Victim with severe mental health problems. Prosecuted to conviction after trial.

    R -v- Calvert – Junior alone against QC and senior junior. Historic rape of step daughter over a 20 year period. Issues as to the complainant’s capacity to consent. Successfully defended the conviction (against QC) at the Court of Appeal.

    R v Miskovic – Junior alone against a Leading Junior and led junior. Rape allegation involving Czech nationals. Prosecuted to conviction after trial.

    R -v- Meiring and others – Junior alone against QC. Lengthy conspiracy to supply drugs involving many legal and evidential points including juror and defendant prosecuted for contempt

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