Deborah is the founder and head of our Divorce and Family department. She advises on all aspects of family law with particular emphasis on asset protection for wealthy individuals, often with international financial interests. Her work includes preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and the resolution of complex financial issues within divorce. She also advises on relationship breakdown outside of marriage or civil partnership and has extensive experience of children law matters, including international relocation.

Deborah acts for clients from a variety of sectors including public figures and musicians.  She is particularly known for her understanding of the psychological impact of relationship breakdown and is respected by mental health practitioners.

Deborah’s breadth of work involves close liaison with other specialist practice areas at Simkins including the corporate, litigation, property and private client teams.

Deborah is a trained collaborative lawyer and has for several years been highly ranked in the legal directories (including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Spear’s) in which she has been described in recent years as ‘utterly committed to her clients and has a steely and calm approach’ and ‘…a tough negotiator, who you’d want on your side‘. Spear’s have ranked Deborah as ‘Outstanding in the Field’ of family law and a ‘Top Recommended Family Lawyer’.

Career highlights:

  • Acted for the husband in the reported case of OS v DS [2004] which set a precedent for the use of an oral disclosure hearing for preliminary discovery in financial remedy proceedings within divorce.
  • Acted for the wife in the reported case of SS v NS (Spousal Maintenance) [2014] which established the key principles now applied in determining an application for spousal maintenance.
  • They are great - we can rely on them to be responsive and do extremely high-quality work
    Chambers & Partners, 2020
  • Every lawyer I have worked with has been friendly, approachable and willing to listen.
    Chambers & Partners, 2019
  • They are very commercial, really understand our business and can apply the law practically in line with our business goals.
    Chambers & Partners, 2020
  • They understand our business incredibly well and provide a range of specialists as needed.
    Chambers & Partners, 2018
  • Huge effort, attention to detail and great concern for their clients.
    Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • They provide carefully considered support and guidance, adding value at every stage of the process. I couldn't recommend them more highly.
    Chambers & Partners, 2018