Simon Clarke FCILT
Position: Partner, Barrister
Area of Practice: Road Transport, Criminal Defence and Advocacy
Specialist Area(s): Road Transport, Crime
About Simon Clarke FCILT
Simon Clarke is a barrister of over 20 years experience.
Before jointly founding SBC he was a director of a national firm of criminal solicitors and before that he was a member of the Chambers of John Coffey QC at 3 Temple Gardens, London.
During that time he was appointed as a Senior prosecutor for the London Crown Prosecution Service whilst also maintaining a high-level criminal defence and Road Transport practice, prosecuting and defending a full spectrum of criminal cases up to and including murder.
In particular Simon has a very wide experience in defending UK and European truck drivers and Hauliers in cases of drugs, tobacco and alcohol importation, causing death by dangerous driving and transporting Illegal Immigrants into the UK. Before qualifying as a Barrister Simon drove Heavy Goods Vehicles.
Simon is now a recognised expert in Road Transport Regulatory Law and has been listed in ‘The Legal 500’ and in ‘Chambers Directory UK’ every year since 2013. He is able to advise on all aspects of Road Transport and Motoring Law including Operator Licenses, European and Domestic regulations, criminal charges, vehicle seizure and recovery and UK Border Agency-imposed Civil Penalties for the carriage of Clandestine Entrants (illegal immigrants).
His appearances in all relevant transport-related Tribunals, including; Traffic Commissioner’s Public Enquiries, Driver Conduct Hearings, Tax Tribunals, Appeals Tribunals, the Crown Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal, mean that he has built up an extensive knowledge in his specialist areas. Many of Simon’s High Court and Court of Appeal cases have become landmark cases; some of those cases have directly led to a change in the law.
Most recently Simon appeared in the Court of Appeal to represent a Dutch haulier, a case in which the Court handed down guidance as to how Civil Penalties for Clandestine Immigrants should be dealt with.
Simon has a strong track-record in advising and representing European-based hauliers and drivers and has represented many European haulage companies in all tribunals and courts.