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Payne Hicks Beach, Simon Beccle, London, ENGLAND

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Simon Beccle

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Simon has an extensive and busy family law practice specialising right across the spectrum of divorce, financial claims, civil partnership disputes and disputes relating to children. In addition, he advises on and drafts cohabitation, separation and pre-nuptial agreements, of which there are a growing number. Much of his work includes an international element and he frequently advises on choice of jurisdiction as well as on the removal of children out of the jurisdiction. Simon's clients have included nationals of the USA, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland, and from the sports of horse racing, tennis and golf.

Simon is in a unique position of having had two family law cases heard in the Supreme Court which have been reported both nationally and internationally.

Simon acted for Pamela White in the ground breaking decision on the distribution of property and assets on divorce, White v White (2000) which provides for equality as the starting point in the division of assets to ensure the absence of discrimination between the breadwinner on the one hand and the homemaker on the other. 

Simon acted for Tini Owens in Owens v Owens (2018) in which the Supreme Court refused her a divorce notwithstanding the fact that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and the parties had separated.  The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the lower courts that in spite of Mrs Owens having provided 27 examples of Mr Owens's behaviour towards her, he had not behaved in such a way that she could not reasonably be expected to live with him. In the light of this case the Government announced in September 2018 there will be a consultation about Parliament legislating to bring in "no fault" divorce. 

Simon's other reported cases also include Court of Appeal decisions in: In the Matter of R (Children) (2016) and Hayat Youssef Alireza v Hossam Youssef Ibrahim Radwan and Others (2017) and High Court decisions in RH v RH (2018), Seagrove v Sullivan (2014), NR v AB (Financial Remedies) (2016) and K, L and M (Children) (Child Arrangements Order) (2016).


Qualified 1990, joined Payne Hicks Beach 1998, partner 2001.


Former Governor of Bradfield College where he was also educated. 

London: Private client


Within: Family

Payne Hicks Beach ‘occupies a favoured position in the pantheon of private client firms offering a sophisticated and refined level of service in the most high-profile cases’. Ian Airey  is ‘hugely respected’ and Baroness Fiona Shackleton is ‘probably the most celebrated family lawyer of her generation. She has unsurpassable client care skills and a sixth sense at sorting out cases’. Philip McGuirk is a ‘bright and engaging lawyer who knows the law inside out’ and Matthew Booth is a ‘very safe pair of hands indeed’. Simon Beccle has an ‘extraordinarily impressive case load. He is one of the very few family finance solicitors to have appeared in both the House of Lords and the Supreme Court’. Consultant Fiona Brown is a ‘superb forensic sleuth’. Newly promoted partner Ben Parry-Smith  is ‘supremely competent and gifted at negotiation’. It is recommended for its skill at advising on all aspects of family and matrimonial law.

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