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Simon Blain, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth

Profile

Simon is a partner in the London family law team. Highly-regarded by both clients and his peers, he brings his considerable expertise to bear to help separating couples resolve issues in a constructive manner. He has a particular strength in complex financial cases, often involving trusts, family businesses and assets in more than one jurisdiction.

Working closely with colleagues in the private wealth sector to provide a seamless service to high net worth individuals and their families, Simon is able to advise on the family law aspects of wealth protection, including prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. He has a thriving children law practice and has assisted parents in all aspects of the law relating to children. He has a specialist interest in the cross-border movement of children and frequently provides guidance on international surrogacy and applications for parental orders.

The latest edition of Chambers UK notes that Simon continues to develop a strong matrimonial practice, which includes complex financial matters and an increased emphasis on prenuptial agreements. Interviewees commented that his ‘legal knowledge is just fantastic’ and that ‘he is so dedicated to his cases and is all over the detail’. 

Simon is an elected member of the national committee of Resolution, the leading membership organisation for specialist family lawyers, and is the organisation’s treasurer.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising trustees in relation to their involvement in a high-value divorce.
  • Representing a husband in contested proceedings relating to his children and financial issues. Both matters proceeded to trial, and the client was successful in both.
  • Representing a couple in an application for a parental order following the birth of their daughter to a US surrogate.
  • Advising on a multi-jurisdictional same-sex prenuptial agreement.

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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