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New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Simon Jackson QC 1982 (QC 2003)

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Recorder 2005

Specialist Areas of Practice: Regulatory, Professional Discipline [GMC] & Inquests


Simon Jackson QC: ‘Strongly recommended in Health & Safety/Regulatory’:

Legal 500 2011-2012”

The Health and Safety work has involved representing both individuals and corporate clients.

  • Simon Jackson acted for a builder and care home proprietor in relation to a fatal fall involving a vulnerable elderly resident, whose fall arose from alleged historic structural defects in terms of the design and construction of the home’s wooden staircase, and more recent management failures of inspection re: the defects This was a local authority prosecution, and complex ‘basis of plea’ issues and sentence hearing immediately pre-commencement of the new Sentencing Guidelines. [R v DG (1.12. 2015) Crown Court at Leicester] Achieved a substantial reduction in Local Authority’s costs on summary taxation.
  • Recently instructed for an employer where the issue was the alleged overexposure of employees to dust when working in a lime kiln, involving complicated expert evidence re WEL exposure rates and mitigating/compliance measures.
  • R v Lion Steel Equipment Limited & Others [2012] Simon Jackson was instructed in the trial of what was the only the third corporate manslaughter prosecution (under the 2007 Act) and allied gross negligence manslaughter prosecution, involving an industrial (roofing) accident.
    • R v Shah Nawaz Pola [2009] EWCA Crim
 655 [Re: the definition of an ‘employer’ re: ‘migrant workers’, under s53 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974)
    • R v HTM [Hatton Traffic Management] & Colas [2008] Crown Court trial at Teesside.
    • Co-Presented the Capita Symonds Annual H&S Lecture in London in May 2013 with Mr Justice Mark Turner


  • A full member of the GMC’s Approved Panel of Counsel presenting Fitness to Practise cases involving serious misconduct, deficient professional performance allegations before Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Tribunals Fitness to Practice Panels and Review Hearings.
  • Appointed to present high profile cases requiring Leading and Junior counsel, for example:-
  • GMC v Dr D [2015] case involving misconduct in relation an American industry sponsored multi-centred national clinical trial relating to migraine research, (see below)
  • GMC v Dr P [August 2012] Case involving the London ‘G20’ riots forensic pathologist who was struck off the Medical Register
 for misconduct by a Fitness to Practise Panel arising out his conduct of the Ian Tomlinson post mortem in April 2009. Pathologist had erroneously concluded that the cause of death was ‘natural causes’, when he had in fact been assaulted by a police officer.
  • Regularly conducting cases involving complex medical issues and expert evidence.
  • Recently appointed to the GMC’s Litigation Appeals List undertaking High Court appeals on behalf of the GMC: for example:-
  • Dr AM v General Medical Council [2015] 19.06.2015 (Admin)
  • Dr D v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 3379 (Admin)
  • Dr J-O v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 1474 (Admin)
  • Instructed to attend High Court Extension Hearings


  • Specialising in cases involving deaths in custody, in hospitals and outdoor (adventure) activities where issues of gross negligence, neglect and “Article 2’ breaches may arise. Recently instructed in relation Inquests concerning a death of child on an overseas school trip.) Also related Administrative Review work, [see Christopher Alder Case, death in custody.]
  • Acted as a Legal Assessor on behalf of one of HM Coroner in connection with an Article 2 compliant alleged negligent medical treatment Inquest and on behalf of another HM Coroner as ‘Counsel to the Inquest’ in an Article 2 compliant ‘Death in Custody’ Inquest.
  • Acted for Local Authority where teenager in care committed suicide, and separately for the Family when a patient receiving ‘community based’ psychiatric support committed suicide, as a consequence of alleged ‘neglect of care”.