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  • Family and Divorce

Personal and family law cases are so often associated with sensitive and emotional times, but Simon’s clients can be reassured by his pragmatic approach to dealing with difficult situations, as well as his extensive experience and ability to empathise with his clients.

Simon always tries to reach a settlement in the quickest and most efficient possible way to avoid lengthy court proceedings and the spending of unnecessary costs and emotion.

What is a family lawyer?

A family lawyer knows the law backwards, which should be a given, and Simon does just that.

He has the ability to advise about any aspect of what happens in family life. Especially when the love between the couple runs out. Simon is patient, kind and will not judge.

Simon will be there whenever you need reassurance or advice about your personal life and about the future of your family. You may be in a relationship about to cohabit with your partner. You may be planning to get married. You may be wondering about the future of your relationship. You may need reassurance.

It’s really important to Simon to always puts the children first and to not be threatening. Simon is calm and knowledgeable, and motivated by the emotional (and maybe also financial) security of the client.

Simon believes that a family lawyer understands relationships and communication. A good family lawyer understands the dynamics of a separation or divorce and provides answers, not questions. Simon will try to avoid court solutions where possible and will use collaborative methods, mediation, arbitration and other resources to find harmonious solutions. He is constructive and will help to disperse the negative emotion that is destructive; and help the client to look forwards, not backwards.

Simon is fiercely protective of each of his client's unique interests. This is reflected in his responsive, loyal, trustworthy, kind and caring approach. Much of his work has an international dimension.

Simon has trained as a mediator and a collaborative divorce lawyer. His natural style is to attempt to find an amicable resolution of cases, especially where children are involved. Simon is reassuring and helpful in times where clients are suffering difficulty.

Simon is a chess player and adopts a 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. Simon doesn’t put up with nonsense.

Simon gets on very well with other family lawyers. This is crucial because it helps him settle his clients’ cases peacefully and efficiently.

Simon is sought out and trusted by high profile clients and international celebrities, CEOs and their partners/spouses who naturally require a certain level of excellence, expertise and discretion. Simon has a brisk and efficient approach to progressing matters.

  • Simon always wants the best for his clients, and he is in the vanguard of legal thinking. Simon takes every possible opportunity to absorb new knowledge in his sector to benefit his clients.

    • Simon's track record for obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients has seen him involved in five 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. Katrin Radmacher's case was particularly significant in establishing the importance of autonomy, and of pre-marital contracts in family law.
    • Simon was also in the Supreme Court case of Prest and Petrodel, the leading case on piercing the corporate veil.
  • 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 HNW 2020:
    Simon Bruce is regarded as "one of the best family lawyers in the country." He is hugely experienced at handling international family law cases. An interviewee highlights that "he is devoted to his clients and never shies away from tricky areas or discussions."

    Chambers HNW 2019:
    Simon Bruce is "at the top of his tree in terms of reputation and ability," according to market insiders. He is a highly experienced family practitioner with particular expertise in international family law cases and as a mediator. One interviewee describes Bruce as "a port in a storm," explaining: "He is the most unflappable lawyer I've ever met. Nothing could ever happen that could cause him to get flustered. He's totally calm, and his calmness makes the clients calm."

    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."

  • Simon speaks French fluently and is a past President of the Family Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats. He has an international expertise and friends in many jurisdictions. He has had a case in the French Supreme Court.

    Simon is a fellow and former Executive Committee member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

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

    Simon also works in four different pro bono law clinics in London namely Dads House, Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre, East Greenwich Legal Advice Clinic and FreeLegalAnswers. This presents challenges which can be very different from those which he faces for his Farrers clients. He enjoys both areas of work just as much.

    Simon has given lectures on international family law all over the world, to prestigious legal institutions 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.

    As a seasoned professional he has a view on fairness and how the law should develop. He not only writes articles, but is also frequently asked to speak about family law issues, he always has something to say.

  • IX v IY [2018] EWHC 3053

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