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Simons Muirhead & Burton, Tessa Bray, London, ENGLAND

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Tessa Bray

Simons Muirhead & Burton

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Family department.


Tessa joined Simons Muirhead & Burton as a Senior Associate in September 2017 from Farrer & Co.

Tessa advises on all issues arising from relationship and marital breakdown. She has been involved in a number of high profile cases and acts for a broad range of clients, many of whom work in the entertainment industry and others in the financial sector, medicine and farming. Tessa acts for a number of international clients and has a particular interest in Franco-Anglo cases.

Tessa has worked on a great deal of Schedule 1 Children Act cases in the last year, acting for both domestic and international clients.

Tessa also advises on private law children disputes, and has considerable experience in applications for leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction.

Tessa regularly drafts complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.

Tessa is a Resolution trained family mediator and a member of Resolution. She is an experienced mediator and is always keen to explore non-court options with her clients.

Tessa’s clients praise her empathetic style and technical legal ability.


Trained at Owen White & Catlin and qualified in 2001. Assistant Solicitor at RadcliffesLeBrasseur for 2 years, Assistant Solicitor and Senior Associate at Harcus Sinclair for 10 years, Senior Associate at Farrer & Co for 3 years, then joined Simons Muirhead & Burton as Senior Associate in September 2017.


French- good conversational, Spanish- basic.



Resolution trained mediator (qualified in 2012)

Franco-British Lawyers Society


College of Law Guildford- LPC distinction

University of the West of England, Bristol- LLB (Hons) 2:1

St Swithun’s School and Portsmouth Grammar School


Keen swimmer and follower of professional cycling.

London: Private client


Within: Family

Simons Muirhead & Burton has a ‘rising family department that is easily able to take on the well-established ‘Magic Circle’ firms’. Jane McDonagh  leads a ‘very strong young team and guides it well- it is a star firm of the future’. The department ‘attracts high calibre clients’ mostly drawn from the music and arts industries who are generally wealthy. New recruit from Farrer & Co senior associate Tessa Bray  ‘achieves excellent results with the minimum of fuss’.

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