Raquel Simpson

Raquel Simpson

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1990

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Raquel studied at the London School of Economics and the Inns of Court. She was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1990.

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit
  • Registered Pupil Supervisor

Experience

Between 1992-96 Raquel spent four years prosecuting serious and complex tax frauds as an employee of the Inland Revenue Solicitor’s Office. This included:

  • Giving advice on evidence, case preparation, conduct of Magistrates’ Court hearings, Crown Court applications for search warrants and letters of request
  • Joint prosecutions and liaison with other agencies, including: Customs and Excise, Department of Social Security, Department of Immigration, Serious Fraud Office and the police
  • Judicial review hearings arising from criminal prosecutions
  • Advising the conduct and discipline section, preparing internal prosecutions and revising its interview procedure following the introduction of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • Representing Solicitor’s Office at the Home Office consultation on the new (1996) Codes of Practice
  • Preparing the Inland Revenue’s first extradition
  • Negotiating disclosure of evidence from foreign jurisdictions
  • Representing Solicitor’s Office at OECD meetings.

Expertise

  • Crime

    Raquel specialises in criminal law. Although she mainly defends she is currently on the Attorney General’s Panel of Advocates and the Crown Prosecution List of Advocates and Rape Panel.

    Raquel regularly acts as a leading junior or a junior acting alone in cases of murder and manslaughter. She has recently been instructed to defend as a leading junior in the first prosecution by HMRC in respect of a Film Tax Credit and VAT fraud.

    Raquel is highly organised and analytical. She is approachable by clients and opponents outside court but is a tenacious and compelling advocate once inside the courtroom.

    Although based in the North West Raquel is instructed nationally.

    Cases

    R v Stephens Acquitted of historical sexual allegations of a boy. Preston Crown Court. (Poole Townsend Solicitors)

    R v Bradley Acquitted of date rape. Minshull Street Crown Court. (Tuckers Solicitors)

    R v Rayner Acquitted of rape of child. Manchester Crown Square. (Tuckers Solicitors)

    R v Grimshaw Successful prosecuted historic allegations of rape of foster daughter. Preston Crown Court. (RASSO Lancashire and Cumbria)

    R v Redfern Acquitted of historic allegations of rape of stepdaughter. Shrewsbury Crown Court. (Terry Jones Solicitors)

    R v Edwards Secured a suspended sentence for an historic offence of threats to kills (with an imitation firearm) Preston Crown Court. (Slater Gordon Heelis Solicitors)

    R v Middleton Acquitted of sexual offences with a child. Minshull Street Crown Court. (Hartley Thomas Wright)

    R v Rigby. Attempt murder. Preston Crown Court. (Poole Townsend Solicitors)

    R v Nolan “Body in the boot” murder. Led by Peter Birkett QC. Manchester Crown Square. (Tuckers Solicitors)

    R v Rahman Acquitted of Rape in a “Rochdale grooming case”. Minshull Street Crown Court. (Tuckers Solicitors)

    R v Cairns Acquitted of Rape of three daughters. Minshull Street Crown Court. (Kevin Nicholas Solicitors)

    R v Jessop Conspiracy to Supply Drugs – Bolton Crown Court. Six weeks (Tuckers Solicitors) The case received national press coverage including The Daily MailThe Telegraph and The Mirror.

    R v Murray Manslaughter – Liverpool Crown Court. (Tuckers Solicitors)

    R v Sherwood First HMRC Film Tax Credit Fraud – Southwark Crown Court. (Pannone Solicitors/JMW Solicitors)

    R v Abdul Hamid Banking Fraud (£80 million) – Southwark Crown Court (Kristina Harrison Solicitors)

    R v Royle Murder (Committed while on Bail): Rape (Acquitted) – Preston Crown Court (Poole Townsend Solicitors)

    R v Wilson Attempted Murder – Preston Crown Court. (Poole Townsend Solicitors)

    R v Rahman Acquitted of Gay Rape – Liverpool Crown Court (Bakers Solicitors)

    R v Brazauski Acquitted of False Imprisonment of Ocado driver – Leicester Crown Court (Bakers Solicitors)

    R v Boyd 15-year-old boy acquitted of Rape of two girls – Liverpool Crown Court (Scott Doyle Molyneux Solicitors)

    R v Moore Death by Driving while under the Influence of Drugs – Preston Crown Court (Poole Townsend Solicitors)

    R v Blandford Acquitted of Child Neglect: Money Laundering – Chester Crown Court (Yates Arden Solicitors)

    R v Norbury Blackmail by Prostitute – Chester Crown Court (Hogan Brown Solicitors)

    R v Murtagh Successful appeal against conviction for Child Abduction – Preston Crown Court and Court of Appeal (Morgan Brown Cahill Solicitors)

    R v Vaughan Tax Fraud (Defendant pretended to be deceased) – Manchester Crown Court (Pannone Solicitors)

    R v Porter Insurance Broker acquitted of Insurance Fraud following an Abuse of Process argument – Leeds Crown Court (Pannones Solicitors)

    R v Das VAT Evasion, Vodka distillery – Liverpool Crown Court (Bakers Solicitors)

    R v Ziga Rape of three women – Manchester Crown Court (Richardson Mail Solicitors)

    R v Maruntelu People Trafficking: Acquitted of Rape – Manchester Crown Court (Tuckers Solicitors)

    R v Kwao Acquitted of Assaulting 11-year-old son and wife – Manchester Crown Court (Yates Ardern Solicitors)

    R v Stansfield Head doorman acquitted of Assault – Manchester Crown Court (Harry Boodhoo Solicitors)

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  • Regulatory

    Raquel is an experienced regulatory barrister. Her work includes Environmental Agency prosecutions, HSE cases, licensing law and license decision appeals, Judicial Review and misconduct in office (police, fire, medical).

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