David Temkin KC prosecutes paralegal for passing confidential information to criminals

May 11, 2023

David Temkin KC from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a former paralegal who admitted accessing private records while working for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Rachel Simpson, 39, previously admitted two counts of misconduct in public office and 29 counts of unauthorised access of computer systems. Her offending took place between 2016 and 2020.

Simpson, from Newport and a paralegal officer at the CPS in South Wales, was arrested in 2020. An investigation into the use of encrypted phones by criminals had revealed her involvement.

On two occasions, sensitive material she had taken from the CPS was passed via third parties to organised criminals. She was sentenced this month at Cardiff Crown Court to a total of six years’ imprisonment.