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Simon Donald

Partner

e: s.donald@grm.co.uk
t: +44 (0)20 7504 1171

Simon is an extremely experienced and client focussed solicitor, who has spent his career advising on the ever widening range of issues relating to family law.   Over the course of his thirteen year career, Simon has advised individuals on all issues concerning the breakdown of a relationship, such as separation and divorce, including the dissolution of civil partnerships, and on financial settlements and the general financial arrangements that can be reached between parties once a relationship has come to an end.

This has included advising on matters involving modest assets, to more complex cases where he has been asked to advise high net worth individuals, including entrepreneurs, company owners and directors, those working in sports or the media, individuals who work in the finance and banking sectors, and in cases that have involved trusts, tax structures and international aspects.

In addition to the above, Simon has often been instructed to advise individuals on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, especially in matters where an individual is the beneficiary of a trust or where there has been significant inherited wealth.

Simon regularly advises and represents unmarried individuals who are seeking assistance in dealing with the breakdown of a relationship.  This has included advising individuals on applications for financial provision for a child, and in matters involving jointly owned property, or where one party is looking to establish a financial interest in a property owned by the other party to the relationship.

As an experienced family practitioner, Simon has been asked to advise married and unmarried parents on the vast range of issues that arise involving their children, once a relationship has come to an end.  Simon provides pragmatic and child-focussed advice where agreement cannot be reached on the arrangements for the children spending time with each parent.  This has included advising grandparents in pursuing their wish to spend time with their grandchildren. 

Simon has also represented parents in complex cases where there are concerns over a child’s welfare and care, as well as cases involving an international aspect such as leave to remove applications, and cases of child abduction. 

As the law has changed and developed in recent years, Simon has been asked to advise and represent same-sex couples on issues concerning their children, including children born to same-sex parents through surrogacy agreements and donor arrangements.

QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Solicitor, England and Wales

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