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Simon Bickler QC - Year of call: 1988

Head of Chambers, Simon Bickler QC has extensive knowledge and experience in Fraud, Serious Crime and Regulatory work.  Simon has carved out a reputation for excellent client rapport, determined advocacy and a detailed and accurate presentation of his client’s case.

Simon Bickler QC

Fraud lawyer

Simon has extensive knowledge and experience in fraud, serious crime and regulatory work.  Simon has carved a reputation for excellent client rapport, determined advocacy and a detailed and accurate presentation of his client's cases.

Professional Endorsements

"A very thorough yet approachable advocate, who gets on well with clients" 2016 Legal 500

"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

Member of the following Associations:

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Pupil Master, who has trained new pupil masters on Circuit
  • Former Chambers Diversity Officer

Skills and description of practice

  • Regularly instructed as leading junior where funding available for leading counsel
  • Expert in complex care proceedings involving medical evidence and ‘shaken baby syndrome’.
  • Experienced in dealing with professional clients
  • Ability to cut through voluminous information and get to the issues of a case
  • Particular expertise in cross-examination of medical experts
  • Business and financial experience
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Good with difficult clients
  • Clear, concise and persuasive advocate in Court
  • Conducted large and complex fraud trials as both leader and junior
  • Defended in over 15 murder trials

Simon Bickler, as an expert fraud lawyer, is a true leader in the law sector and is a dedicated member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association and the Criminal Bar Association. With his vast experience, he has dedicated a lot of his time as a Pupil Supervisor, having trained new and true talent to become the finest of fraud lawyers at St. Pauls Chambers. Simon was also former Chambers Diversity Officer who, together with other appropriate members of Chambers, monitoring the effective implementation of the Equality and Diversity Policy and ensured that its effectiveness was regularly reviewed.


Simon is proud to be a member of St. Pauls Chambers, recognised as a leading and elite selection of fraud lawyers in the realms of serious fraud, including commercial fraud and business crime, regulatory matters and commercial litigation. Known for providing the best possible representation and results for individuals, companies and organisations, Simon and his team’s success rate is outstanding in criminal cases and civil cases, both nationally and internationally, wherever required.

As a highly experienced and well practised criminal fraud lawyer, Simon is a respected authority in cases regarding money laundering, tax fraud, serious fraud, financial regulation, bribery and corruption, to the point of, and leading to, restraint and confiscation proceedings. This includes cases involving civil recovery.

Fraud lawyer, Simon Bickler QC

Simon practises in fraud, serious crime regulatory work and public and private family law cases, establishing him as highly respected for client rapport, determined advocacy and a detailed and accurate presentation of his client’s case.

This is why Simon, an expert fraud lawyer, has represented clients in all areas and aspects of crime, dealing in many instances with the most serious and complex fraud, serious organised crime to even murder and manslaughter cases. The team of fraud lawyers have vast experience and expertise in all areas of fraud cases involving vat and revenue fraud, investment fraud, credit card fraud, advance fee frauds and internet frauds. Document heavy cases and the inclusion, where necessary, of extra professional expertise, stands St. Pauls Chambers at the forerunner in the criminal fraud legal arena.

Fraud Cases:

R v Driscoll

Acquittal on Film Tax Credit Fraud.  Lengthy cross examination of the Revenue's head of the film tax unit about the Corporation Tax Act 2009 and the guidelines that were issued by the Revenue.  Simon successfully found a loop-hole in the legislation and the jury acquitted the defendant of those charges.  He was later convicted on the vat fraud.  His sentence however, was very favourable.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/practice-points/how-the-making-of-a-film-highlighted-use-of-tax-loopholes/71898.article 

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.

R v Mitchell

£10 million pound MTIC vat fraud.  Represented lead defendant in 3 month trial.

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Simon Bickler QC
Year of call: 1988

Head of Chambers, Simon Bickler QC practises in fraud, serious crime regulatory work and public and private family law cases.  Simon has carved an excellent reputation for client rapport, determined advocacy and a detailed and accurate presentation of his client’s case

 

Professional Endorsements

"A consummate silk, who builds good relationships with clients.’" 2017 Legal 500

"A formidable and very astute advocate." 2017 Legal 500

"A very thorough yet approachable advocate, who gets on well with clients" 2016 Legal 500

"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

Client Testimonial

'I would have no hesitation in recommending QC Simon Bickler and  in the future should anyone be in an unfortunate / fortunate position to be requiring his services. Simon is extremely meticulous in his pre trial preparation and what one could only describe has an absolute expert in his field. The way he commands a court room is impeccable and he had the whole jury's attention from start to finish leading to my acquittal."



Simon practises in fraud, serious crime regulatory work and public and private family law cases.  Simon has carved an excellent reputation for client rapport, determined advocacy and a detailed and accurate presentation of his client’s case.

Skills and description of practice

 Member of the following Associations:

Simon has a high level of excellence expertise and experience in all areas of crime, with particular emphasis on complex fraud trials.

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 Driscoll - Southwark Crown Court - 2013

Acquittal on Film Tax Credit Fraud.  Lengthy cross examination of the Revenue's head of the film tax unit about the Corporation Tax Act 2009 and the guidelines that were issued by the Revenue.  Simon successfully found a loop-hole in the legislation and the jury acquitted the defendant of those charges.  He was later convicted on the vat fraud.  His sentence however, was very favourable.  Simon has subsequently been instructed to advise on several film tax credit frauds having established himself as a leading expert in the interplay between legislation and revenue guidelines.

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.

R v Mitchell

Missing Trader Fraud - Lead defendant in 3 month trial.

Regulatory Breach Cases:

R v Denton

Health and Safety Executive Prosecution of firework supplier following a fatality.

R v Sayed

Consultant Urology Surgeon charged with Gross Negligent Manslaughter following death of patient on operating table.

General Crime Cases:

R v Allen

Conspiracy to Pervert Course of Justice (3 month trial). The only time that Jurors have been witnesses and cross-examined about their deliberations.

R v Moore

Importation of £20 million worth of Cocaine – trial lasted three months.

Murder Cases:

R v Latif

16 year old girl tortured and murdered, then buried.

R v Harris

Murder by shaking of an infant. Emphasis on interpretation of medical findings.

R v Hardaker

18 year old accused of attempted murder by drowning and indecent assault by buggery of two year old stepson whilst in the bath.

R v Lee

Defendant was accused of being contracted to kill an Asian man, by the daughter’s family.