Melanie Simpson QC
  • Melanie is very down to earth and comes across well because the jury feels she's one of them.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • A tenacious defender who fights her client's corner passionately. Excellent jury and court operator.

    Legal 500 2021

  • A go-to advocate to deal with a difficult client facing a seemingly overwhelming case

    Legal 500 2020

  • Ranked as a leader in Crime in the Legal 500.

    Legal 500 2020

  • Recommended as a Leading Junior in Crime

    Legal 500

  • An outstanding advocate, who dominates trials through her successful legal arguments and jury engagement.

    Legal 500

Called 1998

Silk 2020

Melanie Simpson QC


Melanie Simpson is a highly regarded criminal defence barrister who is sought after by professional and lay clients. She is renowned for her exceptional cross-examination and high acquittal rate. Melanie is typically engaged defending in cases involving multiple defendants, her work encompasses the full range of complicated criminal law matters.

Melanie’s high-profile cases attract extensive media interest and she has been invited to give her legal expertise to media organisations including the BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 and YouTube (with whom she has established a consultant role) . Some of Melanie’s’ recent media reported cases include ( R v NP) leading counsel in a multi-handed conspiracy to carry out an acid attack on a child. (R v IS) leading counsel in human trafficking case with dozens of complainants, linked to premises owned by a major political party donor. (R v MK) leading counsel in historical sexual grooming and rape of 11-year old girl in care who was plied with heroin and prostituted; one of the most serious “grooming” cases that has come to light in the UK. (R v JS) Multi-handed cut-throat murder case involving gang rivalry played out in “drill” music videos, this case was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary. (R v MDN) Conspiracy to transfer a cache of firearms and sub-machine guns.

Melanie’s practice is increasingly taking on an international element; she has advised Defendant’s charged with governmental fraud, corruption and money laundering offences.

Professional Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Women Barristers


  • University College, London, BA (Hons), Law
  • Inns of Court School of Law