Simon Walsh

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Simon Walsh
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Simon Walsh is a British barrister specialising in police, licensing and ecclesiastical law,[1] a magistrate in the City of London[2] and an Alderman of the City of London[1] for the ward of Farringdon Without.[1]

Early life[edit]

Walsh was educated at Manchester Grammar School,[3] then studied modern languages at Balliol College, Oxford,[1] graduating in 1984.[3] He then studied law at City University, London, where he qualified as a lawyer in 1986.[1][3] He was called to the bar in 1987[3] and became a magistrate in 2000.[3]


Walsh sits on the Central London Valuation Tribunal,[1] which he chaired from 1992,[3] and was chairman of the City of London Corporation police committee[4] from 2002 to 2005,[3] then deputy chairman.[5] He also chaired the City of London Licensing Authority from 2007.[3]

He was formerly an aide to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who appointed him a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority,[6] a position which he held until 31 October 2011.[6]

As a barrister, he was a self-employed member of the 5 Essex Court chambers.[7]

In August 2012, Walsh was charged with possessing five images of "extreme pornography", which were not found by police on his computers, but as email attachments on a Hotmail server account. He was found not guilty on all counts. Three images were of urethral sounding, and two of anal fisting. The images were all of consensual adult sexual activity.[8] He was defended by Myles Jackman.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Simon Walsh MA (Alderman)". City of London. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Court Nixes 'Border' Ticket Challenge". AP Online. 14 February 2007. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2012.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Legal500". Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ Muir, Hugh (8 October 2004). "Battle to merge London's police". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2005/2006" (PDF). City of London Police. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 March 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b "MD914 London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Appointment". Greater London Authority. 22 November 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Chambers and Partners - 5 Essex Court". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  8. ^ Caroline Davies (8 August 2012). "Former Boris Johnson aide cleared of possession of 'extreme pornography'". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-04.

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