Michelle has over 30 years experience at senior management level. Between 1990 and 2012 she was employed as Senior Clerk at Doughty Street Chambers and then 3 Raymond Buildings. She joined 36 Crime in January 2013.

She leads the criminal clerking team and has overall responsibility for the operational needs, support and development of the 36 Crime team, all its members and its staff.

Michelle has undertaken the Bar Council direct access training course for clerks and can assist with any enquiries.

She is a member of the Legal Practice Managers Association and the Institute of Barristers Clerks.

She is a committee member of Women in Criminal Law.



Legal 500 2023

‘The senior clerk Michelle Simpson always goes above and beyond to try and accommodate the solicitors’ demands.

The 36 Group is very helpful, very accommodating, always keeping us up to date, constant communication, offering training programs and legal updates.’

Legal 500 2021

‘The clerks room is professional and trust worthy. All the clerks are quick thinkers and creative problem solvers.’
‘Fantastic. Michelle Simpson and Lloyd Hawkins are stand out clerks.’
‘The Clerks are highly efficient and professional. A high calibre fast moving team.’

Crown Advocacy Clerking Manager, East Midlands – 2021:

‘As you’ll know, sorting the vast majority of clerking issues and specifically trials, it is very much a team effort. To that end can I please extend my personal thanks and those of the Police and wider CPS to yourself and your team for the work you did in offering Mr Hallissey for this case at such short notice but also for ensuring that he had the appropriate time and support he needed to get to grips with a case of such complexity.

Please pass on our thanks to all involved at 36 for a sterling job in very difficult circumstances.’

Managing Partner – Crime firm – 2021:

’36 Crime are a solid, committed group of advocates who are well clerked. Michelle Simpson is outstanding and is both approachable and efficient as well as really knowing both her advocates and the solicitors who they serve.’

Chambers and Partners – Client service:

“I’ve worked closely with criminal practice manager Michelle Simpson, and with first criminal clerk Lloyd Hawkins: they are both excellent, and very supportive to us.”

Legal 500 – Client service:

‘Crime practice manager Michelle Simpson and first crime clerk Lloyd Hawkins have ‘done an excellent job’ promoting their extradition team and have ‘an obvious care and pride over their counsel’. Collectively, the clerking team ‘understand the need to keep clients happy’ and ‘will always do their best to assist a solicitor’. The clerks also appreciate ‘the financial constraints some clients face and are always anxious to help where they can.’