Simon Bruce  

Partner

Simon Bruce  

Contact details

Accreditations

  • Chambers UK, 2016
  • Legal 500, 2015
  • IAML
  • Superlawyers 2014

Career

Qualified at Farrer & Co 1986; made a partner in 1993.

Education

Trinity College, Oxford, MA in Classics and Modern Languages; College of Law (Chester).

Memberships

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML); Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA); Super Lawyers (rated in 2013); Resolution (Qualified Mediator); Family Justice Council (Money and Property Committee); Liverpool Football Club Supporters Club; The Queen's Club; Trustee of The British Suzuki Institute; Director of theatre company DreamThinkSpeak; FA qualified football referee.

"A phenomenal operator and a dedicated lawyer."

Chambers UK

Personal and family law cases are so often associated with extremely sensitive and emotional times, you can be reassured that Simon will work closely with you and your advisers, to reach an agreement in the best way.

He is fiercely protective of each of his client’s unique interests. This is reflected in his responsive, loyal and caring approach, his up-to-the-minute knowledge of changing law and trends. Much of his work has an international dimension. 

Simon is trained as a mediator, and practises as a collaborative lawyer on international cases. His particular expertise is in advising UK and international individuals, families, trustees, beneficiaries and family offices. His cases often involve complex children, and confidentiality and pre-marital agreements, trusts and tax.

Simon’s track record for obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients has seen him involved in four family law cases that have reached the Supreme Court. This includes the recent landmark children and abduction cases Re A (Children) (AP), Re B (A child) and Radmacher, where he represented Mrs Radmacher at the judgment. The cases were complex and ground-breaking. Katrin Radmacher's case was particularly significant in establishing the importance of pre-marital and post-marital contracts in family cases. It has changed the landscape of family law. Simon was also significantly involved in the Supreme Court case of Prest and Petrodel.

International Family Law and other achievements

Simon has recently been appointed as President of the Family Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats, and sits on the UIA's Governing Board. He is fluent in French.

Simon has been accredited by ‘Resolution’ as an expert in substantial asset cases and in emergency procedures in financial relief. 

He is also a founder member of the Central London Collaborative Forum. 

Editor of Online News for the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. 

What the Legal Directories say

Simon has been recommended as a leading family lawyer by both Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories for many years:

Simon Bruce is renowned for his expertise in large financial disputes involving high-profile individuals. Commentators note that he is "a revered tactician who inspires tremendous loyalty from those he represents." (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Simon Bruce is highly respected for his work in high-value, international finance cases. "He makes clients feel valued" and maintains an active commitment to ADR and collaborative law. (Chambers & Partners 2016)

Simon Bruce is a "leading light in the field. He is a person of choice for the biggest cases because of his ability and client skills. He is one of the standout people in the profession." (Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2016)

"His people skills are phenomenal, he is always available to his clients. He has got an eye for strategy and has great international connections." (Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2016)

"He is easy to deal with because he communicates well and is approachable. You can have a very good down-to-earth conversation with him." (Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2016)

Simon Bruce is "energetic and thorough" (Legal 500 2015)

Simon Bruce "has a genuine commitment to mediation between divorcing couples, and works round the clock on behalf of his clients." (Legal 500, 2014)

"Absolutely superb. He is dealing with high net-worth individuals." (Independent Client Survey)

Simon Bruce is "a phenomenal operator and a dedicated lawyer." (Chambers & Partners, 2013)

Publications, seminars and the media

Simon is an author of precedents used by the family law profession and has written family law text books and articles for family law journals. Simon is also a regular media commentator, giving TV and radio interviews, and is quoted in the national press. He has lectured at Oxford University, Louisville University, and at the University of Kentucky. In November 2015 he gave an address in Chicago to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on Prest and piercing the corporate veil. In April 2016 he lectured in Guernsey on the variation of international trusts in divorce cases. 

Simon has been named in the 2015 Citywealth Leaders List as one of the top ten Family & Matrimonial lawyers in the country. He was recommended as a leading UK family lawyer by Spear's Wealth Management magazine in May 2015 and has also been placed on Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers List.

He is a long time member of the Liverpool Football Club supporters club. 

Reported cases

  • 02 September 2013
    In the matter of A (Children) (AP)
    Decided key jurisdictional aspects of the powers English and European Courts to make protective orders relating to children, involving considerations of the habitual residence of the parents and children.
  • 12 June 2013
    Prest v Petrodel [2013] UKSC 34
    A case of major importance in family and corporate law, involving the doctrine of piercing corporate veils.
  • 04 October 2010
    Radmacher and Granatino. [2010] UKSC 42
    Established the significance of agreements and premarital contracts in English law. Enormously influential in how family law has developed since then.