Simon Donald

Partner

As a partner in the family team, I advise clients on the vast range of issues that come from the breakdown of a relationship, marriage or civil partnerships.

My advice is sought on the issues that arise between unmarried couples especially when there is a child or children of the relationship. This is not just on the practical arrangements for a child or children to spend time with both parents, but also the specific financial claims between unmarried couples under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

Further to this, I assist clients with financial arrangements following separation and divorce. This has included advising on matters involving modest assets, and complex cases involving high net worth individuals. I regularly assist entrepreneurs, company owners and directors. I have helped those who work in sports or the media, and individuals who work in the finance and banking sectors.

My advice is frequently sought on matters that involve trusts, tax structures and international aspects.

I am often asked to advise individuals on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, especially in matters where a person is or may become the beneficiary of a trust, or where there has been significant inherited wealth.

My help and assistance has regularly been sought in relation to the variation of existing financial arrangements, and specifically with regards to the often complex issues raised when one party is trying to enforce the terms of an existing financial order.

I am proud of my ability to use my knowledge and expertise to plan and apply a case strategy from the outset of any matter which clients can understand, and which is aimed at achieving a successful outcome.

Expertise

  • Matrimonial finance
  • Cohabitee Disputes
  • Nuptial and Separation Agreements
  • Financial claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
  • Complex disputes concerning children