Simon Mayo QC
Simon specializes in serious and complex crime. He is recognised as a leader in his chosen fields of practice, and his skill and expertise continue to be in high demand by both defence solicitors and prosecution agencies. He is consistently ranked as a leading silk in Chambers and Partners.
“An excellent leader who is extraordinarily diligent and very empathetic with clients.”
“Everything you could hope for in a leader.”
“An accomplished advocate who has a sound legal mind and is very pleasant with it.”
“A consummate professional.”
“An excellent handler of witnesses in chief and cross-examination” – Legal 500, 2020
“A consummate professional” – Legal 500, 2020
Simon Mayo QC has been ranked as band 2 for Crime QC for Chambers and Partners 2020
“Very smart and has good strategic sense.”
“He’s meticulous in his preparation, thoughtful and calm in his presentation and extremely personable.”
Simon Mayo QC has been ranked band 1 for Financial Crime QC for Chambers and Partners 2020
“Extraordinarily diligent and thinks through every angle of a case. He deals with cases with the utmost care.”
“In court Simon is everything you would expect from a leading fraud silk. He makes it look effortless. He is always on top of his brief and he quickly secures the confidence of the tribunal.”
Simon Mayo has a wealth of experience in the full spectrum of serious fraud work including frauds centred on the financial markets and revenue frauds. He is regularly instructed for the defence in the largest and most complex fraud cases. His experience and expertise in the field of serious fraud is also called upon by specialist prosecution agencies.
The SFO has appointed him to both of their specialist panels and he currently acts for them in an investigation into international corruption. He also acts for the FCA in relation to the investigation and prosecution of malpractice and fraud in the financial services sector.
He has expertise in data protection law and has advised private clients and the ICO in this field.
He also advises individuals and corporate bodies on a wide range of issues affecting director and corporate liability.
In the field of general crime, he has extensive experience in dealing with homicide cases and has for many years been instructed as leading counsel on behalf of the defence and the prosecution in cases of murder and manslaughter.
Simon Mayo QC is approved to accept instructions direct from international and UK clients on a direct access basis, without the need for a solicitor to be instructed in appropriate cases.
Criminal Bar Association (Former member of the Executive Committee)
Awards, Qualifications & Other
Queen’s Counsel (2008)