Stefan Simms known as Stefan
Postgraduate Certificate in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education. University of South Wales.
Diploma in Legal Practice. University of Glamorgan.
Prince 2 Project Management (Foundation and Practitioner).
LLB (Hons). Nottingham Trent University.
From 2002 to 2007 I practised as a Solicitor in Queensland, Australia. My roles included Gulf Outreach Solicitor for Legal Aid Queensland. This role involved me visiting remote Aboriginal communities in North Queensland including Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Mount Isa and Palm Island to provide legal advice to Aboriginal communities. I was also employed in a busy Brisbane law firm that specialised in Criminal and Family law. I conducted trials, appeals and bail applications before the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts. I was also Duty Lawyer accredited.
I have also been employed by Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service in South Wales and the South West of England. My areas of expertise were Crime, Family and Cash Seizure (Proceeds of Crime). I was the lead Family Law Legal Adviser for North Somerset and Lead Legal Adviser for Proceeds of Crime for the South West of England.
I have previously been employed in private practice in the Gloucestershire area. My area of practice was Criminal law.
When I am not lecturing, I regularly appear in contested Family and Criminal trials.
My role at USW is split between lecturing and the Legal Advice Clinic. I lecture the criminal evidence module (LLB) and the professional criminal litigation modules (LPC, LLB-LP and MLaw). I am Deputy Director of the Legal Advice Clinic, a student led pro bono clinic providing legal services to the public.
Admitted as a Solicitor to the High Court of Australia: 2004
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland: 2003
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales: 2000
When I am not lecturing, I regularly appear in contested Family and Criminal trials for law firms in the South West of England.
Areas of Expertise
Criminal and Family law.