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Simon Farrell

Queen's Counsel

Simon Farrell QC is a highly regarded lawyer specialising in tax litigation, HMRC investigations, bribery and corruption, money laundering and the proceeds of crime. Chambers UK 2020 describes him as a person who “does a first-class job” and “ has a very meticulous legal mind”.

Simon is an excellent advocate, inspirational team leader and skilled case strategist and as the exclusive Queens Counsel consultant to DBT and Partners, Simon works very closely with our clients and is always available to advise on all aspects of client services.

Simon has extensive experience of VAT, duty and tax cases in the High Court, Crown Court, and the First and Upper Tier Tax Tribunals and frequently advises at an early stage during the course of HMRC investigations.

Simon is experienced in both commercial and criminal litigation and frequently advises banks and corporates during investigations.

Tax Litigation

If you’re facing a tax investigation by HMRC, expert representation is essential. Simon has considerable experience of HMRC investigations, civil tax enquiries, and tax planning schemes, cases before the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT), and the Upper Tax Tribunal (UTT)

Simon has defended in some of the most serious VAT and tax investigations. It is crucial that the correct decisions are made at an early stage so that the best result is achieved as soon as possible. The aim is to get the case to go away quickly rather than racking up legal costs.


Simon has been described as “A Rolls-Royce practitioner who does a lot of POCA work up to Supreme Court level.” (Chambers UK 2018: POCA Work)

He is rated as one of the top Silks in this area of law Account Freezing Orders, restraint orders, confiscation, third party rights, and enforcement of confiscation orders, civil recovery, Unexplained Wealth Orders and cash seizure.

His advice, support and expertise is best sought from the outset of a case or investigation so that the best results can be achieved for the client at the earliest possible time.

Money Laundering

If you have a money laundering problem Simon is the QC of choice.

Simon is one of the UK’s leading QC in the field of money laundering law He has appeared in many important criminal cases in the Court of Appeal which have defined the law. He is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable lawyers in the UK dealing with money laundering cases.

He has written two books, published by Oxford University Press and Butterworths, entitled ‘Money Laundering Law and Regulation’ (OUP 2011) and ‘The Proceeds of Crime Act 2003 (Butterworths 2003)’.

Simon provides exceptional support and expertise to banks, financial institutions and professionals who face investigation for fraud, money laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act issues such as failing to report suspicious activity.

He provides hands-on advice from the outset through to the end of the case. This has considerable advantages in terms of case strategy and cost savings. It is crucial that the correct decisions are made at an early stage so that the best result is achieved as soon as possible.

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