Simon Sugar > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC
1GC | Family Law


Simon practices exclusively in family law; predominantly in ancillary relief but also in cohabitation disputes, inheritance claims and professional negligence claims in a family law context. He has a particular interest in cases involving business assets and trusts; although he is happy to deal with more straightforward cases. Simon also accepts public access work. Recent notable cases include: Minkin v Landsberg [2015] EWCA Civ 1152 a key case on the limitation of a solicitor’s retainer in family law,  advising Bermudan lawyers on a huge money ancillary relief case involving complex offshore trusts; advising and representing a wife in a five-day final hearing in which the husband was found to have sent large sums of money out of the jurisdiction and which resulted in a costs order of £100,000 in favour of the wife; advising and representing an unmarried father of unplanned child in a heavily contested case for financial provision under schedule 1; advising and representing son of deceased iconic UK celebrity in a case where wife was seeking to attack the family trusts as a resource of her husband; advising on terms of settlement reached in a case involving one of the wealthiest families in the UK; advising and representing a former minister of state of an African country in ancillary relief proceedings; acting for the Official Solicitor for a patient with Huntingdon’s disease; advising and representing a senior police officer in a case dominated by his £1.7m pension; and acting as an expert witness on English law in proceedings in British Columbia. Prior to specialising exclusively in family law, Simon had a mixed practice which included advising in the Dorothea Allen Intestacy (one of the largest ever intestate estates), representing well-known boxing promoters on a number of cases (both in the High Court and in front of the British Boxing Board of Control), Apple Corps Ltd v Cooper [1993]; FSR 286 (a copyright claim in respect of the Sgt Pepper album cover), Wittman v Willdav [2007] BLR 509 CA (a leading case on guarantees), India Herbs v Hadley & Ottaway (cited in ‘Clerk & Lindsell on Torts’ at 14-46) and In re Chittock (5111 April 2000) TLR (lead case on time for rectification of wills). Co-author of ‘Unlocking Matrimonial Assets on Divorce’ published by Family Law – the book, now in its third edition, deals with the more complex areas of ancillary relief and was recently described in a review as having ‘become an established fixture on the Family Lawyer’s bookshelf’ and ‘a most worthwhile addition to the ancillary relief practitioner’s library of indispensable texts’ May 2010 Fam Law 554. Author of regular Finance Case Digests for Resolution’s in-house magazine ‘The Review’, contributor to 1 Garden Court book on Schedule 1 claims published by Family Law. Simon is also a member of the advisory board for family law for Jordan Publishing.


Called 1990, Middle Temple.


FLBA; Chancery Bar Association.


LLB (Hons) Warwick.