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Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is dual qualified as a barrister (practising) and solicitor (non-practising) and is based in Somerset. He has previously practised as a solicitor in a wide range of law firms, as well as in-house in local government. This has given him an exceptionally wide experience of the legal profession, including in areas which are not commonly found at the Bar such as transactional work, running a team, and case management.

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Simon Barnes

Simon has a deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for local government having worked as a senior lawyer at Bath and North East Somerset (‘B&NES’) Council for over 15 years specialising in all aspects of planning and environment, licensing, and governance. Highlights include many years leading a legal team, sitting as the legal advisor to the planning and licensing committees, serving as Deputy Monitoring Officer; and defending claims for judicial review. Having practised planning in an area which is subject to an exceptional number of development constraints, Simon has particular expertise in: green belts, listed buildings, conservation areas, AONBs, and special areas of conservation.

Simon is passionate about good governance and is interested in democratic and constitutional issues at both a local and national level. In 2021 he was appointed by the Secretary of State as an Assistant parliamentary Boundary Commissioner and worked as part of a team to review the parliamentary constituency boundaries of the North East of England.

Simon also has a keen interest in professional conduct and standards. He sits on standards committees and panels for a wide variety of regulatory and chartered organisations including: Chair of fitness to practise panels at the Health and Care Professions Council, Legally Qualified Chair at the Taxation Disciplinary Board; and Deputy Chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.

In addition to his legal practice, Simon is a qualified mediator.

Simon's Experience

Called in 1999

Public Access Accredited

Qualified Mediator


Barristers in England and Wales are regulated by the Bar Standards Board

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Planning & Environment
  • Green belt
  • Planning enforcement
  • Planning inquiries and appeals
  • Planning policy
  • Listed buildings and the historic environment
  • Certificates of Lawfulness
  • Habitats and protected species
  • Tree preservation orders
Local Government
  • Monitoring Officer support
  • Acting as an investigator in conduct complaints about Councillors
  • Constitutional issues
  • Governance
  • Licensing Act 2003
  • Taxi licensing
Memberships & Advisory

Current Appointments

  • Legally Qualified Chair - Taxation Disciplinary Board
  • Chair – Fitness to Practise Panels - Health and Care Professions Council
  • Legally Qualified Person – Police Misconduct Hearings
  • Deputy Chair - Disciplinary Committee - National Register of Public Service Interpreters
  • Member (previously Chair and Vice Chair) - Independent Scrutiny of Police Complaints Panel - Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Lay Member - Appeal Panel - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Lay Member - Regulatory Panel - Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Previous Appointments

  • Assistant Commissioner - Boundary Commission for England
  • Lay Member - Standards Committee - Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Lay Member - Professional Standards Panel - Chartered Institute of Public Relations


  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • UK Environmental Law Association
Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Simon Barnes, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:



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