Top Recommended Lawyer
Frequently sought out by high-profile clients and their spouses, Simon Bruce, partner at Dawson Cornwell, summarises his approach as guided by pragmatism, empathy and a dedication to getting results. His aim, he says, is to reach a settlement in the quickest and most efficient way, thus avoiding unnecessary costs. He has been involved in several cases in the Supreme Court. These include the landmark children and abduction cases Re A (Children) (AP), Re B (A child) and Radmacher. The latter was particularly significant in establishing the importance of autonomy and premarital contracts in family law.
Spear’s Family Law Index 2023
Simon Bruce is a seasoned practitioner who is highly respected for his experience in high-value divorce proceedings. He frequently handles cross-border financial disputes including substantial assets. "He is a very experienced and excellent family lawyer with great client-handling skills." "Simon is really empathetic and truly dedicated to clients at a difficult time in their lives. He stands by his clients, and they know it." "Simon thinks outside of the box and is an original thinker." "Simon is very diligent, conscientious and passionate about the law." "He is a strikingly down-to-earth and friendly lawyer. He would represent anyone and end up being invited to their children's wedding."
Chambers UK 2023
Has a “solid background and great reputation” and should be an “excellent addition” to the team.
Legal 500 2023
One source describes Simon Bruce as "a huge addition" for the firm, explaining that "Simon thinks outside of the box; he is an original thinker. He is really, really concerned about his clients and very empathetic. He is truly dedicated to clients at a difficult time in their lives. He stands by his clients, and they know it." Another source says: "He is a strikingly down-to-earth and friendly lawyer. He would represent anyone and end up being invited to their children's wedding."
Chambers HNW 2022 — Ultra High Net Worth
Frequently sought out by high-profile clients and their spouses, Simon Bruce, partner at Dawson Cornwell, summarises his approach as guided by pragmatism, empathy and a dedication to getting results. His aim, he says, is to reach a settlement in the quickest and most efficient way, thus avoiding unnecessary costs
Spear’s Family Law Index 2022
"His reputation for excellence of service is fully deserved." "He is extremely practical in the way he deals with things; he's a strategist."
Chambers UK 2022
“Simon Bruce remains at the top of the tree – probably the best male divorce solicitor in London. He has a brain the size of a planet with an encyclopaedic knowledge of international family law unsurpassed by any other London divorce lawyer.”
“Simon Bruce continues to provide an effortlessly first class service – clients absolutely love him. He inspires total confidence for the client.”
Legal 500 2022
"Simon Bruce is one of the greatest lawyers. He is just so experienced and knowledgeable."
"He is a one of a kind individual. He is highly, highly, highly intelligent, he's just incredibly smart and hard-working. He's a brilliant guy and a terrific lawyer."
Chambers HNW 2021
"His attention to detail is very good, and his ability to strategically plan as to where things are going is very strong. He backs up his strategic thoughts with incredible knowledge of case law." "Simon Bruce is a name that everyone knows - he is one of the giants of London family law. His experience and client base are second to none." "Simon is one of the best family lawyers in the country."
Chambers UK 2021
"Simon Bruce exudes calm confidence and his clients trust him for it."
Legal 500 2021
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 2020
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 HNW 2019
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 2018