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Simon Walsh

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Background: After reading Modern Languages at Oxford and teaching in Austria, Simon read for the Bar in 1986-87. Having practised for nearly 20 years from Bridewell Chambers, Simon joined 5 Essex Court in 2007. He has a keen interest in the City of London where he has been an elected member of the City Corporation for 21 years and now serves as Chairman of its Licensing Authority. He is a liveryman of 3 City companies and a governor of several schools. Simon is also a member of the police authority for the City of London and sits as a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

Police Law:


Simon has worked for the Metropolitan Police and most other police forces in the country, advising in both policy and litigation and appearing in all levels of Court in cases ranging from High Court judicial reviews and inquests to employment tribunal cases and civil jury trials. He also specialises in police discipline cases (both as legal advisor and presenting counsel) and general complaints work. Since the introduction of the new Police discipline and performance regulations in 2008 Simon has led teams from Chambers lecturing across the country to those who are responsible for making the new systems work – both within police forces and beyond, including the new independent members now sitting on all discipline hearings and police authority members for Police Appeals Tribunals.

Recent Police Law cases:


Hunt v CC Warwickshire – retention of DNA samples

Dreyfus v Daily Mail and Metropolitan Police Commissioner – disclosure of police video evidence

X Constabulary v Y [discipline] – interaction between freedom to express religious views and the requirement not to discriminate on grounds of sexuality

Licensing Law:


Since the introduction of the 2003 Licensing Act, Simon has drawn on his police law background and experience as a member of a licensing authority to develop a specialisation in licensing law. With an emphasis on major city centres (such as the City of Westminster), he regularly appears before licensing authorities, magistrates on appeal and increasingly in judicial review work in the High Court. He also leads lecture teams from Chambers presenting 1-2 day courses to those from both police forces and local authorities involved in the day-to-day work of keeping licensed premises safe and operating in such a way as to promote the new licensing objectives.

Recent Licensing cases:


Albert Court Residents v Westminster City Council: judicial review of licensing authority’s procedure of local notification

Re: Harper’s Nightclub (Guildford): 1st instance decision before judicial review to determine ability of licensing authority to dismiss cases as an abuse of process

Re: Bulldog Bash (Warwickshire): licence review of major annual Hell’s Angels gathering


Simon is happy to provide lectures on all aspects of his work to any interested parties – with CPD accreditation where appropriate


The Manchester Grammar School (1972-80)

Balliol College, Oxford (1980-84) – MA in Modern Languages

PädagogoischeAkademie des Bundes in Oberösterreich (1982-83)

Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (1985)

City University, London (1986) – Diploma in Law


The Commonwealth, civic responsibility, 19th-century French novels, municipal tramways, promoting the survival of real ale and the ecclesiastical life of the City of London where Simon is both a parish clerk and a churchwarden.