Deans Court Chambers

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Education

  • BA (Hons) Dunelm – English Literature and History (Joint Hons) – University of Durham, Josephine Butler College
  • University of Cambridge, Hughes Hall - BA (Hons) (Cantab) – Law
  • The City Law School - Bar Professional Training Course (rated Outstanding)

Professional Associations

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit
  • Child Concern (Member)

Awards

  • The Bracewell Essay Prize 2011/2012
  • The Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship 2010
  • The Middle Temple Queen Mother’s Scholarship 2008

Profile

Simon joined Chambers after successful completion of a specialist family-law pupillage with Bansa Singh Hayer and Francesca Fothergill.

Simon’s practice covers all aspects of proceedings in the Family Court and the Court of Protection, with a healthy mix of all areas.

Children: Simon specialises in children cases both public and private, with a focus on public law acting for parents, local authorities, children, other family members and interveners. His care work has involved cases involving serious injury to a child, the murder of one parent, intergenerational and institutional sex abuse, and judicial review. Simon’s private practice includes much experience of private contact and residence disputes, including domestic and international relocation.

Financial Remedies: He undertakes all areas of financial remedy proceedings following divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships including high-net cases involving pensions and companies (often with expert evidence) and the drafting and interpretation of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Simon has experience of cohabitation cases involving ToLATA and separation agreements and has acted in high-net Schedule 1 applications for child maintenance.

Court of Protection and Mental Health: Simon’s work in the Court of Protection includes cases involving unlawful removal of adults from their home and the deprivation of liberty of both children and adults who lack capacity. He has experience of cases involving decisions both in terms of welfare and property and affairs (including financial abuse and ratification of gifts). He also act in cases involving the Mental Health Act 1983.

Publications:

‘Care proceedings: uncertain perpetrator cases’, Westlaw UK Insight (Westlaw, 2014) [online]

‘In the matter of Cretney v. Bromley (1974); Stephen Cretney’s Principles of Family Law: A Student’s Perspective’ in Probert and Barton (Eds), Fifty Years in Family Law: Essays for Stephen Cretney (Intersentia, 2012), pp. 39-52

‘Review of Landmark Cases in Family Law, Stephen Gilmore, Jonathan Herring and Rebecca Probert (eds)’, (2012) Child and Family Law Quarterly 130-136

Notable Cases

  • Private Children

    Represented CAFCASS for four days of a contested final hearing involving allegations of grooming where the Guardian and child had separated.

    Represented a step-maternal grandfather in a successful appeal against a case-management decision to refuse a fact-finding hearing.

  • Public Law

    Represented a Local Authority on a successful appeal from the decision of the FPC on the ground that the reasons for departing from the Guardian’s recommendations were unsound.

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