Simon Csoka QC

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2015 Legal 500 in Crime: “His legal arguments are brilliant.”

Ranked Band 1 Chambers and Partners 2015, band 1 QC for fraud: “He is an incredibly good advocate.”

Legal 500 2015 Fraud Band 1: “Devastating in cross-examination.”

Legal 500 2016 Band 1 fraud and crime: “A leader in his field with a national reputation; he is a formidable opponent.”

Specialises in all aspects of criminal law, in particular organised crime, drugs and fraud. He has defended many high profile cases such as Dale Cregan, Kieron Stapleton, Arran Coghlan, Rebecca Leighton and Operation Elveden.

Exclusively defends in serious and complex crime. His practice encompasses substantial gang related turf war conspiracies, murder, complex multi-handed drugs cases, gun running, corruption, evasion of tax and duty, regulatory offences, MTIC and serious fraud.

Has appeared in many high profile cases. He recently defended John Hardy, a former sergeant major, in Operation Elveden who was accused of selling stories about Prince William and Prince Harry to The Sun. He is the only source to be acquitted by a jury in the News International trials. As well as his skills as a jury advocate, he is well known for his ability to develop complex legal arguments. He is known for his mastery of detail even in cases with voluminous quantities of evidence. He has an advanced knowledge of computing which can assist with the management of large amounts of evidence.

In 2016 he secured the acquittal of Mark Quayle in Operation Aquamarine, the private wealth manager for Barlcays in the Isle of Man, following a six year investigation into off shore companies allegedly used to avoid tax and defraud the luxury housing market in London.

He led for the defence in the first case in which an application for independent special counsel for disclosure was granted [R v Greaves].

He has defended a number of solicitors in recent years who have found themselves charged with criminal offences.

He will provide an extremely comprehensive and involved service together with a robust defence to those charged with more minor offences who wish to pay privately.

He also appears in Sport Regulatory work and has appeared before the FA Appeal Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. In 2012 he succeeded in restoring Bradford City FC to the FA cup after they were disqualified.