Jessica is recognised as one of the country’s leading specialists in human rights and public law, acting for a wide range of clients, ranging from large companies such as the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co, GE, Google, GNER, National Express, the Post Office, Ingenious Media and Welsh Water to regulators such as Ofgem, the ORR, Oftel and the OFT to Government departments such as DECC, MoD, BERR, as well as for NGOs such as WWF, Refuge, Liberty, Environmental Justice Foundation and MDLI, and for private individuals. Prior to taking Silk in 2013 she was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel. Jessica was listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2014.
2016: Elected Bencher of Middle Temple (Inns of Court)
2015: Fellow, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute on International and Comparative Law.
2013: Appointed as Queen’s Counsel
2010: Appointed to Attorney General’s A Panel of Counsel
2003: Appointed to Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel
1994-1995: Post-graduate diploma in EC Law, King’s College, London
1991-1992: Bar Finals (Harmsworth and Inns of Court Law scholar)
1990-1991: City University London CPE
1986-89: St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, MA Hons (Oxon)
Jessica is fluent in French.
After taking Silk in 2013, Jessica Simor QC was ranked as a New Silk in both Chambers & Partners 2014 and Legal 500 2013, and is ranked again in Chambers & Partners 2016 and Legal 500 2015 (the latter as a Leading Silk). In Chambers & Partners 2016, she is described as “a clear drafter, she really digs her teeth into a case and she’s incredibly strong on EU law” and as being “engaged, accessible and always willing to discuss the issues in a case” (Administrative Law). In addition, in relation to her Civil Liberties work, Jessica is described “an authority on human rights, her drafting of human rights submissions is second to none”. In Legal 500 2015, Jessica is noted as having “a pragmatic approach” in regard to her Administrative and Public Law work, and as a “tenacious” Leading Silk for EU and competition law.
Ranked in Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Chambers and Partners 2014, Jessica is described as having “an amazing work ethic and very considerable knowledge”. Jessica is also recommended in Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Commercial Litigation, EU & Competition in Legal 500 2013 where she is described as “first rate”.
Ranked as a leading junior in Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Competition and EU law Jessica is described in Legal 500 2012 as “one of the best human rights lawyers in the country.”
Chambers and Partners 2013 commend Jessica for her “brilliant and unparalleled” knowledge of the ECHR with one source attesting that “she is as good as a QC on human rights.” Under Competition and EU Chambers and Partners 2013 describe Jessica as “very bright, very driven and very hard working.” Commentators note that “she has the full set of skills and is always very good at client care.”
Chambers & Partners 2011: Leading junior in Civil Liberties and Competition/European Law; “an expert on EU-related human rights law. Deserving of recognition due to her deft handling of tricky cases, she is seen as a barrister who is on the rise”.
Legal 500 2010: Leading junior in Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties, Commercial Litigation, and EU/Competition; “extremely clever and charming”.
Chambers & Partners 2010: Leading junior in Civil Liberties and Competition/European Law; “sharp, efficient and quick to grasp the legal dimensions of a case”.
Legal 500 2009: Leading junior in Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties, Commercial Litigation, and EU/Competition; “a lightness of touch – an ability to present the complex in an approachable way”.
Chambers & Partners 2009: Leading junior in Civil Liberties and Competition/European Law; “really impressed with her intelligence, vigour and proactivity”.
Legal 500 2008: Leading junior in Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties, Commercial Litigation, and EU/Competition; “she has impressed solicitors who describe her as extremely intelligent – as good on the ECHR as any silk in the field, with meticulous drafting and authoritative advocacy”.