Simon Bickler QC

Called 1988, Silk 2011
Door Tenant

Practice overview

Simon has extensive experience when dealing with complex medical evidence and cross-examination of medical experts, with particular expertise in those cases involving shaking of infants leading to death or permanent brain damage.  Simon has particular expertise in serious children cases; both private and public law. He is highly regarded in cases concerning parental disputes over the leave to remove from the jurisdiction. He has extensive experience in acting for Local Authorities, Guardians and Parents.

Practice areas

Public Law

Private Law

Direct access


“Exceptionally knowledgeable in all aspects of public and private children law” (The Legal 500 2014)

"Noted for his ability to put vulnerable clients at ease" (The Legal 500 2013)

"Never fails to get the ear of the court" (The Legal 500 2012)

Recent cases

Represented surviving child following deaths of two siblings. Overturned historical Coroner’s verdict following further pathology investigation.

Represented father concerning the death by poisoning of a two year old boy and the physical and emotional abuse suffered by his surviving ten year old brother. Complex DNA and pathology evidence and psychiatric analysis.

Acted for intended adoptive parents of two children placed for adoption following care proceedings. The children whilst living with the potential adopters suffered serious injury and claimed abuse at their hands. Complex issues concerning the potential adopters’ legal rights to prevent removal from their care.

Represented the mother of a six year old child who was on permanent dialysis having had her kidneys removed. Non compliance with strict dietary regime was potentially life-threatening. The Local Authority sought removal of this child before a transplant was to take place. Successfully resisted.

Represented as Silk, a family member in a finding of fact accused of murder by poisoning of a young mother using paraquat.  Unique pathology and toxicology in first ever allegation of fatality by multiple small doses over several months.

Represented father in resisting mother's application to return child from Pakistan.  Complex legal arguments on Habitual Residence and Brussels Revised.

Professional background

Graduated from Sheffield University BA (Hons) before being called to the Bar in 1988, appointed Queens Counsel in 2011. The only Silk in the last 5 years appointed on merit in both family and crime. Member of the Family Law Bar Association Lectures on Family Law, Criminal Law and the interplay between the two jurisdictions. Appointed Recorder to the County Court in 2012.

Simon became a door tenant at St. Mary’s Chambers in January 2015, his main practice remains at St Paul’s Chambers, Leeds.

“Exceptionally knowledgeable in all aspects of public and private children law” 

The Legal 500 2014