UK barrister named as new Director of Public Prosecutions

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Simon Davis, Cayman’s new DPP. -Photo: St Philips Chambers, Birmingham, UK

UK barrister Simon Davis has been appointed as Cayman’s new Director of Public Prosecutions, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission announced Tuesday.

“Davis comes with significant prosecutorial, leadership, and management experience which will be an asset to the ODPP,” the Commission said, as it announced Davis’s three-year appointment to the post which was vacated by former DPP Patrick Moran last year.

Moran resigned last May citing personal reasons.

Candia James-Malcolm was appointed acting Director of Public Prosecutions following his departure.

The Commission said it undertook a formal recruitment exercise to permanently fill the post of DPP, after which Governor Martyn Roper appointed Davis to the role.

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“I am delighted to appoint Mr. Davis to this role and look forward to welcoming him to our Islands. I would like to thank Mrs. James-Malcolm for her excellent stewardship during the transition,” Roper said.

Davis, a father of three, is set to take up the job on 1 March.

“Led by Mr. Davis and supported by Mrs. James Malcolm, the senior leadership team and all the staff in the ODPP, I am confident that the ODPP will be strengthened. The ODPP continues to have an essential role underpinning the rule of law in our jurisdiction, a fundamental element of our democratic system” the governor added.

Davis comes to Cayman from St Philips Chambers, in Birmingham, UK.

Simon Davis was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. He has over 30 years proven track record of prosecuting cases involving terrorism, serious organised crime, modern slavery, exploitation of children, drug and gun supply, homicide, fraud and proceeds of crime. He has particular experience in prosecuting cases involving organised crime groups.

He has prosecuted cases on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service: the Insolvency Service; Serious Fraud Office and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

He has argued a case before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
in The Hague. He is also on lists of counsel before the International Criminal Court and
the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

He has led teams of lawyers, police officers, financial investigators, analysts and other
professionals in UK and multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Many of his cases involve IT, cybersecurity and multi-jurisdictional challenges.

Davis read Classics at Cambridge University, converting to Law on a postgraduate basis.

He is married to Ailsa and has three children.

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