Iain Simkin KC

Year of Call: 1995

Kings Counsel: 2023

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Iain Simkin was called to the bar in 1995 and specialises in Regulatory law and Serious Crime. 

His practice focuses on Health and Safety, Environmental cases, Inquests, Professional Discipline and Serious Crime.

Iain has a strong coronial practice and regularly appears in inquests on behalf of Interested Persons. He is frequently instructed in cases involving ‘death in custody’ and has represented interested parties including prison transport companies, such as SERCO and GEOAmy. He acts for local authorities in a wide variety of cases including deaths in care homes and he has also been instructed on behalf of families, private companies, doctors and other healthcare professionals who have become interested persons in inquests. 

Iain acts for the General Medical Council and in fitness to practice proceedings involving doctors and also has experience defending professionals within fitness to practice proceedings involving other regulatory bodies.

Iain is recognised as a leading consumer law and trading standards barrister. He is instructed by Local Authorities, as well as businesses and individuals. This ranges from breaches of Food Hygiene Regulations to Fraud, and covers all manner of investigations into businesses and traders.

Renowned for his expertise across the range of regulatory cases; Iain is a first class advocate and lawyer who has been the first choice for many national and international companies. He has offered his specialised advice, proficiency in negotiation and excellent representation both before and after action has commenced. 

He is known as a robust advocate, and is highly praised for his modern and flexible approach.

He is a category A prosecutor with a wide range of defending and prosecuting in regulatory cases. This has included representing a variety of clients for a variety of food hygiene matters.


‘Recommended for a wide range of regulatory matters.’

Legal 500,

Notable Cases

  • Crime

    Lead prosecutor in the case against Reynhard Sinaga, who has been found guilty of raping or sexually assaulting men in Manchester, following four trials spanning the course of 18 months.

    Sinaga was found guilty of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 14 counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault by penetration, against a total of 48 victims, and has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.

  • Kilbride Industrial Services

    Health and Safety

    Water maintenance worker on large scale cleaning project for Northern Water suffered catastrophic injuries as a consequence of a projectile shooting out of the end of a water pipe. Complex matters – materiality of risk.

  • High Ridge Roofing

    Health and Safety

    Fatal accident involving an experienced roofer who fell to his death through fragile roof. Involved matters of construction design and management regulations.

  • YS

    Health and Safety

    Involves a very large organisation client with an operative suffering life changing injuries.

  • Makers Construction Ltd

    Health and Safety

    Large project to re-clad outside of a shopping centre which led to emission of asbestos dust.

  • Crystal Architectural Aluminium Ltd

    Health and Safety

    Fall from height which involved work at height regulations and health & safety general matters.

  • HSE -v- P (Court of Appeal [2013] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 34)

    National food delivery company having accepted liability for an injury to an employee successfully appealed the sentence at higher court.

  • HSE -v- S (Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Crim.264)

    Junior alone against QC HSE prosecution resulted in a lengthy sentencing hearing and the defendant appealed. The contested parts of the appeal were successfully defended.

  • HSE -v- E (Leeds Crown Court)

    Large commercial client charged with serious breaches of the HSWA 1974 following a fatal accident to one of its employees. The risk to reputational damage was severe. A 2 year police/HSE investigation was discontinued at the Crown Court on the first day of trial following a series of wide-ranging representations.

  • EA -v- A

    Successfully secured the withdrawal of 5 offences relating to the escape of highly toxic chemicals from client’s site in North Wales. Allegations that 22 injured and significant potential for environmental harm all withdrawn

  • EA -v- C (Sheffield Crown Court)

    A major house builder was charged with 15 offences relating to the unlawful carriage and disposal of carcinogenic waste. Successfully persuaded the prosecution to withdraw 12 offences leaving 3 technical offences only relating to paperwork (transfer notes)

  • EA -v- D (Warrington Crown Court)

    Following a “Panorama” investigation, the client was prosecuted by the EA for offences involving the illegal exportation of electronic waste to West Africa

  • Salford Van Hire


    Public inquiry with regards to a full operators license following an unscheduled inspection to the clients place of business. Drafted lengthy submissions, supported by successful oral submissions resulting in a favourable conclusion so far as the client was concerned.

  • Parker Body Repairs


    Public inquiry following deficiencies identified at a scheduled inspection. The client was operating on a restricted license. Lengthy written submissions supported by targeted oral submissions resulted in no regulatory action being taken. However, the case has revealed a novel point of law and an appeal to the upper tribunal is anticipated.

  • Inquest - TFGM Re: JB


    Representing Transport for Greater Manchester in a case which will review security arrangements around the general public travelling on the tram in Manchester.

  • Inquest Re: OR


    Construction project in the jewellery quarter in Birmingham following the collapse of building.

  • Didcot Power Station


    Large industrial accident involving 4 deaths when Didcot Power Station collapsed.

  • Re: DR


    Died in care home following a fall. Suffering from multiple comorbidities.

  • United Utilities Re : DT


    Drowned in a reservoir.

  • Re: T. A “Jamieson


    Inquest whereby an employee had been crushed to death by a large pane of glass which fell on top of him. Maersk were the owners of the dry dock where the cargo handlers unloaded the glass. The inquest lasted for 2 weeks and legal submissions successfully prevented gross negligence manslaughter being left to the Jury.

  • Re: C. (Article 2)


    The deceased was a prisoner who had died by suspending himself. The CSRA, PER and ACCT documentation all had to be closely analysed along with the entirety of the deceased’s prison records. All the evidence needed to be interpreted for the jury and there was a great deal of medical information from both System 1 and GP’s notes.

  • Re: F. (Article 2)


    The deceased died at 18 whilst in custody from a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage, the condition is extremely rare in such a young man. There was voluminous evidence from both neurologists and neurosurgeons all of which needed to be explored and the relevant issues presented to the Jury in a clear, concise and comprehensible way.

  • Re: G. (Article 2)


    The deceased was crushed to death at Leeds Bus Station. Despite extensive written and oral submissions the deputy coroner ruled that this was an article 2 inquest. Despite very damming and misplaced recommendations from the assistant coroner, the HSE took no further action.

  • Re: L. (Article 2)


    The deceased had died whilst in custody from an overdose of prescribed and illicit drugs. The deceased was a heroin user who, whilst in prison, was under the supervision of IDTS and healthcare. There was substantial evidence to demonstrate that prisoners were diverting their medication and the toxicology report detailed the deceased having taken a cocktail of illicit opiates and benzodiazepines. The “orange book” and the NICE guidelines with regard to dispensing practises were placed before the jury such that they could appreciate the relevant clinical context.

  • R v E

    Trading Standards & Consumer Law

    The defendant was charged with the wholesale supply of poisonous (potentially fatal) products into the supply chain, contrary to Regulation 20 of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005. In the event a child drank a prohibited product which resulted in life changing injuries.

  • R v A

    Trading Standards & Consumer Law

    Director of a waste management firm took defective material out of the waste system and reintroduced it into the retail chain with near fatal results. Following submissions, the prosecution discontinued the case.

  • R v B

    Trading Standards & Consumer Law

    Ongoing case into fraud, bribery and trading standards offences. The defendant is a supplier to a major building company and the allegations concern the provision of bribes to ensure contracts and the precise description of the services provided both to the end consumer and counterparties to the defendant’s work.

  • R v D

    Trading Standards & Consumer Law

    The defendant was a large-scale egg supplier who (it was alleged) was passing off battery farmed as free-range eggs. The defendant was acquitted.

  • R v G

    Food Hygiene

    Prosecution by local council. Following complaint by the general public an investigation was launched into the general hygiene standards at an exclusive café run by a celeb restaurateur in a royal park. The investigation revealed that the kitchens were infested with mice.

  • R v P

    Food Hygiene

    A fresh produce concession in a supermarket was investigated and the general standards of food hygiene were beneath acceptable levels. With particularity the meat on sale contained unacceptably high levels of bacteria rendering it unfit for human consumption whist it nevertheless remained on sale to the general public.

  • R v S

    Food Hygiene

    A restaurant had purchased stolen meat. An investigation was launched into the provenance of the restaurants offering. None of the required certification was apparent and the supply chain from producer to consumer could not be demonstrated.

  • Hayley Fulleylove


    Investigated for manslaughter, issues of causation which hinged upon the report from a neuropathologist.

  • Russell Frankland


    Series of armed robberies with complicated sequence of events chart.

  • Jeremy Oketch


    Defendant raped his girlfriend’s 2 year old daughter. Pleaded guilty substantial sentence. Film for BBC

  • Westminster City Council -v- G

    Celebrity chef’s restaurant fined after failed inspection. Secured withdrawal of all proceedings against Managing Director of the business and limited the fine.

  • Bury MBC -v- R (Bolton Crown Court)

    Prosecuted a 3 week trial in the Crown Court concerning the illegal dumping of waste by an established building contractor

  • R -v- Ahmed

    Rival drugs gang murder where victim was killed following a clash in the street concerning a drugs “turf war”

  • R -v- Kitchen

    Paranoid schizophrenic charged with murdering his sister over her refusal to fund his drug habit. Ten boxes of medical records required analysing after the defendant was identified following a BBC Crimewatch appeal.

  • R -v- Abdullahi

    Domestic violence case where defendant murdered her partner following his alleged mistreatment. Issues concerned complex scientific evidence used to determine the identity of the killer.

  • R v Evans

    Leading junior against a QC and senior junior. Domestic violence and rape against defendant’s partners. Prosecuted to conviction after trial. Conviction successfully defended at the Court of Appeal.

  • R v Johnson

    Junior alone against QC and senior junior. Historic familial rape of a wife and daughter. Victim with severe mental health problems. Prosecuted to conviction after trial.

  • R -v- Calvert

    Junior alone against QC and senior junior. Historic rape of step daughter over a 20 year period. Issues as to the complainant’s capacity to consent. Successfully defended the conviction (against QC) at the Court of Appeal.

  • R v Miskovic

    Junior alone against a Leading Junior and led junior. Rape allegation involving Czech nationals. Prosecuted to conviction after trial.

  • R -v- Meiring and others

    Junior alone against QC. Lengthy conspiracy to supply drugs involving many legal and evidential points including juror and defendant prosecuted for contempt.


  • List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (List A)

Professional Associations


  • Manchester Metropolitan University