Simon McKay - Solicitor Advocate
LLB, LLM, Honorary Fellow of the School of Law, University of Leeds Solicitor Advocate (all proceedings) Attorney General’s Special Advocate in Terrorist Cases
Simon is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in criminal law and human rights work. His areas of specialism cover criminal law work, particularly in the area of covert policing, intelligence and witness protection but he enjoys any challenging cases in this field. He also undertakes regulatory work, principally for national sports regulatory bodies and is standing counsel for a number but also for professionals facing misconduct allegations. He handles media cases but generally only where there is a privacy or human rights related issue at stake. He has considerable experience in public law challenges in these key areas. He has conducted a number of complex inquests, including jury inquests, perhaps most notably for the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Constabulary in the case of Ronald Maddison who died at the Defence Research Establishment at Porton Down Wiltshire.
His clients include police forces, the military, national sports regulatory bodies, public authorities, professionals and sports and other celebrities. In the past Simon has acted in very high profile cases, including the case of Private Lee Clegg, a paratrooper convicted of murder who was later cleared after a re-trial. He has appeared on behalf of clients in public inquiries.
As a former adviser to the government on covert policing and terrorist matters, he is equipped to deal with the most sensitive of cases. He is develop–vetted.
He will defend in some cases but only after careful consideration of the papers.
He has lectured extensively in the United Kingdom and abroad, including at the Pre-Olympic Congress in Greece in 2004. He has spoken at national symposiums on surveillance and intelligence law and has provided training to many police forces on covert policing, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and witness protection.
Simon is published in a number of peer review journals, including, European Human Rights Law Review, Criminal Law Review, The Journal of Criminal Evidence and Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. He is Editor of Covert Policing Review and writes regularly for the Times and Yorkshire Post and writes a weekly column for Police Professional. He is author of Covert Policing Law & Practice which is due to be published by Oxford University Press available at www.oup.com/uk/law/ and the “Guide to Handling Threats to Life”. He has recently been asked to write a new text book entitled: Protecting Witnesses: before, during and after trial.