Simon Purkis



Family Finance

Simon provides advice and represents his clients in all aspects of family law including the financial aspects of divorce, and both private and public law children matters. His financial work includes cases with a wide range of assets including business entities and trusts. He regularly deals with residence, contact and care proceedings concerning children and issues of serious domestic violence.  

Business and Commercial

Simon advises and represents a wide range of businesses on general contractual law matters including disputes concerning the Sale of Goods Act, Supply of Goods and Services Act and Unfair Contract Terms Act. He has also been instructed on emergency injunction applications.    

Simon advises and provides drafting in non-contentious commercial matters. He recently drafted an online sale of goods and services agreement which incorporated relevant International Commercial Terms. He also advised a specialist legal costs company on the impact of the Jackson reforms and, in light of this, the strategic direction their company may take going forward.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Simon’s expertise in personal injury litigation has an emphasis on injury and damages arising out of road traffic accidents which often include issues of enforceability regarding Credit Hire agreements. He appears on behalf of both claimants and defendants and regularly appears in cases where allegations of fraud have been pleaded associated with exaggerated injury and fraudulent damage.

Simon has been involved in lengthy and high-profile litigation on behalf of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has also been instructed by Treasury Solicitors to draft witness statements and supporting documentation in negligence and clinical negligence claims brought against the Ministry of Defence.


Year of call: 2008
  • Also a member of Riverview Chambers
Areas of specialism:
  • Business and Commercial
  • Children Private Law
  • Children Public Law
  • Family Finance
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • BA (Hons) Cantab – University of Cambridge
  • LLB – College of Law
  • Exhibition from Inner Temple Inn of Court
Professional associations:
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
Outside Interests:
  • Simon is a sports and fitness enthusiast. When not on the golf course or training for a triathlon he is likely to be found cheering on the Leicester Tigers.
Notable Cases:
  • Mutua & Ors v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2011] EWHC 1913 (QB)
  • Regular contributor to Personal Injury and Employment Law Newsletters