Melanie Simpson
  • 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

  • She defends in gang related murder cases

    Legal 500 2016

  • Her practice includes gang violence and historic sex cases 

    Legal 500 2018

  • 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

Called 1998

Melanie Simpson


Melanie is a criminal defence specialist acting as leading and junior counsel in serious and organised crime including: murder and serious violence, sexual offences, large scale drug and robbery conspiracies, fraud, money laundering and firearms offences.

Conducts high profile, complex and difficult cases requiring strong skilful advocacy, negotiation and tactical and forensic analysis of evidence and law. Melanie is frequently instructed in cases brought by national agencies such as SOCA, Trident and CPS special casework unit and the Flying squad. 

Regularly advises and conducts complicated appeals including domestic and Privy Council. Melanie has worked in other jurisdictions including the Caribbean and is very experienced in dealing with cases that have an international dimension; her work has taken her into fields such as International Law and Treaties, confiscation, serious fraud and corruption.

Melanie has expertise in defending rape and sexual offences particularly in cases involving vulnerable complainants

Qualified to undertake ‘Direct Access’ work.

Associated /International Work

  • Appears in Advocacy and training videos for College of Law Bar Vocational Course.
  • Recently advised a significant individual in relation to the corruption investigation in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
  • Has spent three months working in Jamaica defending in capital murder cases.
  • Has previously worked for ChildLine and the London Rape Crisis Centre.

Professional Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Jamaica Council for Human Rights


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

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