Year Of Call: 2000
Simon Murray has a broad civil practice focused on public law and human rights work and related actions against public bodies. Simon has been appointed to the Attorney General's A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown having previously been a member of the B & C Panel.
He therefore represents and advises an extensive range of Government Departments and Agencies including the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, the Prison Service, the Parole Board, UK Border Agency, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence.
He is currently instructed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation, in which more than 40,000 individuals have brought claims arising from their experiences during the ‘Mau Mau’ Emergency in the 1950s.
He has also been appointed on a number of occasions to intervene in proceedings on behalf of the Attorney General and the Queen’s Proctor. He has appeared on number of occasions in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal as Advocate to the Court (Amicus Curiae).
His administrative and public law practice involves regular appearances in judicial review proceedings in the Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. Simon has strong human rights and judicial review experience, practising primarily in the areas of: human rights especially prison and parole (often involving Article 5), immigration & asylum (including EU law matters), environmental law (relating particularly to subsidies for renewable energy projects), police, education and general public law issues.
He has experience in safeguarding vulnerable groups matters before the First-tier Tribunal. He is also well-versed in Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act issues.
Simon also practices more generally in the fields of professional negligence, personal injury, employment and is regularly instructed in other common law matters. Simon acts for both claimant and defendant.
He has appeared in a wide range of courts, including all three divisions of the High Court, the county court (both on matters heard by a judge alone and with a jury), the crown court and various tribunals both at first instance and on appeal. He has frequently appeared in the Court of Appeal both on his own and when led. Simon has also twice appeared in the Supreme Court acting for the Secretary of State for Justice.
He is equally comfortable as sole counsel (and he is regularly instructed to appear against both QCs and junior barristers) or as part of a larger team of barristers.
In employment law, Simon has considerable experience as an advocate in the employment tribunals and the EAT and has acted in, and advised on, cases involving the full range of employment law issues, including discrimination, whistle-blowing, and trade union matters.
Prior to 2009 Simon also appeared in a wide range of criminal matters including jury trials in the Crown Court, Courts Martial, trials in the Youth and Magistrates’ Court and in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). Simon also has wide experience of prison matters including disciplinary and parole board hearings. This experience of the criminal justice system provided him with a useful grounding and is put to use frequently, for example when he is instructed to act as a prosecutor for the Bar Standards Board in Bar Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings.
Simon has expertise in dealing with vexatious and difficult litigants in person because he has significant experience of the Civil Restraint Order scheme at all levels, and has acted for the Attorney General in obtaining Vexatious Litigant orders in the most serious cases.