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Farrer & Co | Simon Bruce, Partner

Practice areas

  • Family and Divorce

Personal and family law cases are so often associated with extremely sensitive and emotional times but Simon's clients can  be reassured that Simon will work closely with them and their advisors, to reach an agreement in the best way.

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

Simon is an experienced family lawyer.  He has trained as a mediator and as a collaborative lawyer.  His natural style is to attempt to find an amicable resolution of cases, especially where children are involved.  Clients are attracted by his calm search for a peaceful remedy.  He has a sympathetic and empathetic personality.

Simon is a chess player, and adopts a similarly strategic and tactical approach to his clients' cases.  He likes to get clients from A to B in a straight line, without getting bogged down by irrelevant detail and distractions.  Simon also enjoys the academic challenges often faced by international family law. 

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 law.  Simon was also significantly involved in the Supreme Court case of Prest and Petrodel, the leading case on piercing the corporate veil. 

Simon particularly enjoys the constructive nature of working on pre-marital and post-marital contracts. 

Simon is sought out and trusted by high profile clients and international celebrities, who naturally require a certain level of excellence, expertise and discretion.

  • Simon has been ranked in leading independent legal directories Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for many years. Some of the most recent coverage says:

    Chambers UK 2018:
    The "exceptional" Simon Bruce speaks fluent French and frequently acts on complex, international finance matters. Commentators describe him as "an exceptionally intuitive lawyer with a brilliant tactical brain," while also highlighting his "fantastic bedside manner" and ability to "manage expectations realistically in a really helpful way."
    Chambers UK 2017:
    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 UK 2016:
    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.

    The Legal 500 2017:
    Simon Bruce is "one of the very best lawyers in London
    for cases with an international dimension",

    The Legal 500 2016:
    Simon Bruce is "excellent for cases with an international dimension"

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

     

  • He is President of the Family Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats, and is a member of its Governing Board.

    Simon is a fellow and former Executive Committee member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and editor of the IAFL Online news.

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

    Simon has given lectures on international family law all over the world, to prestigious legal instructions and at universities.  He is actively involved with the American Academy of Matrimonial lawyers, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Oxford University.  He is a frequent writer on family law topics.

    Simon is a passionate fan of Liverpool Football club, and has for years been a member of its official supporters club.

    Simon is a trustee of The British Suzuki Institute and Director of theatre company DreamThinkSpeak.

  • IX v IY [2018] EWHC 3053

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