Simon Worlock

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Simon Worlock (2001) (1975) has been an active member of chambers since November 2001 and works extensively as a general criminal practitioner, including regulatory crime. As a former partner in R Gwynne and Sons of Shropshire (now MFG Solicitors) a firm with an extensive agricultural practice, he has represented a wide variety of business proprietors in regulatory proceedings including factory owners butchers, hotel proprietors and builders. He has frequently represented farmers and has a particular interest in farming, cases involving prosecutions relating to:
- general animal welfare, husbandry, and slaughter
- the transfer of animals,
- smell and noise pollution
He has frequently worked with expert witnesses including veterinary surgeons and pollution and accident reconstruction experts. He is a meticulous preparer and presenter of cases with close attention to client care and the pressures of normal business practice.
As an advocate he frequently appeared in Magistrates and Higher Courts in the West Midlands (mostly in Shropshire) for over 25 years dealing with a wide range of general and regulatory crime including:
- Inquests
- Road Traffic
- Agricultural law
- Animal Cruelty
- Health and Safety
- Food safety
- Trading Standards
- Pollution of Rivers
He has frequently appeared in courts at all levels including the Divisional (Administrative) Court and Court of Appeal
Notable Cases
Leatherland and Pritchard v Powys County Council [2007] EWHC 148 (Admin)
successful case stated against decision of Justices after prosecution wrongly destroyed evidence, abuse of process, exclusion of unfair evidence, S 78 PACE Trading Standards. Officers are now obliged to comply with CPIA Code of Practice.
Trading Standards v Raymond Bower : (Cardiff Crown Court)
Identification of animals
Trading Standards v David Holmes: (March 2009 Derby Crown Court)
Transfer of animals
Powys County Council v Stephen Jones (2011)
Trading Standards destroy evidence they later seek to rely on. Abuse of Process argued: Leatherland and Pritchard argument conceded.
Middle Temple
Midland Circuit