Portrait of Simon Calhaem

Simon Calhaem

Year of Call 1999

Professional Practice

Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1999, Called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands ad hoc since 2011, Called to the bar of Gibraltar ad hoc since 2013. Simon specialises in complex high value financial work, including matrimonial finance, inheritance claims, probate and Court of Protection work and civil disputes between family members. He provides advocacy and advisory services in England and Wales and overseas He recently appeared for the Appellant in the Supreme Court case of Wyatt v Vince.

  • Recommendations

    He is technically astute, and clients love him
    The Legal 500
    ‘Recognised for his expertise in high-value financial remedy work.'
    Legal 500 2015
    Maintains a high profile in family and civil proceedings, and is particularly adept at cases relating to Inheritance Act claims and international divorces. Expertise: "He's great. A properly determined and punchy barrister who prides himself on doing a great job."
    Chambers & Partners 2015
    "He's an incredible fighter who shows no fear. He's not short of confidence."
    Chambers & Partners 2014
    “leader in the field” of Matrimonial Finance
    Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners
  • Notable Cases

    • Wyatt v Vince
      [2015] UKSC 14
    • S V S
      [2014] EWHC 4732
    • Colborne v Colborne
      [2014] EWCA Civ 1488
    • L v M
      [2014] EWHC 2220
    • AM v SS
      [2014] EWHC 865; [2014] EWHC 2887
    • Solomon v Solomon and Ors
      [2013] EWCA Civ 1095
    • Wyatt v Vince
      [2013] All ER (D) 109 (Jun), (CA)
    • McRoberts v McRoberts
      [2012] All ER (D) 12 (Nov), (Chd)
    • Foster v Foster
      [2011] (2) CILR 89 (Cayman Islands Court of Appeal)
    • V v V (Divorce: Jurisdiction)
      [2011] EWHC 1190 (Fam) [2011] 2 FLR 778
    • W v W (Financial Relief: Enforcement)
      [2010] EWHC 3825 (Fam) [2011] 2 FLR 1268
    • K v B (Costs: Financial Relief)
      [2010] EWHC 2151 (Fam) [2011] 1 FLR 1745
    • Bradley v Bradley (Security for Costs)
      [2008] 2 FLR 1433 (CA)
    • A v B (Damages: Paternity)
      [2007] 2 FLR 1051, [2007] 3 FCR 861 (QBD)
    • Kimber v Kimber (Writ Ne Exeat Regno)
      [2006] EWCA Civ 706, CA
    • Rowe v Clarke No2
      [2006] EWHC 1292 (Ch), [2006] All ER (D) 124 (May)
    • Crossley v Crossley (TLATA)
      [2006] 2 FLR 813, CA
    • Rowe v Clarke (Probate)
      [2005] EWHC 3068 (Ch D)
    • LW v Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England (OFSTED)[Legal Argument on appropriate disposal]
      [2004] 270.EYSUS
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Guest Lecturer, University of the West Indies (Barbados) 2013-

    • ‘The Writ Ne Exeat Regno’ Family Law

    • ‘Express Trusts and Ancillary Relief’ Family Law

    • ‘Divorce and Recession’ Family Law

    • Co-author of Divorce & Bankruptcy: A Practical Guide for a Family Lawyer

    • Contributor to Duckworth’s Matrimonial Finance & Taxation (Bankruptcy)

    • Contributor to Ross Inheritance Act Claims and Challenges

  • Personal Information

    Simon was educated at Sir Thomas Alleynes School and then Mansfield College, Oxford (Jurisprudence MA). A member of the Denning Society he was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn as a Sir Thomas More Scholar, and taught Constitutional Law at the University of East London whilst a Bar Student at the Inns of Court School of Law in 1999. Married with two children Simon enjoys the countryside and yacht racing.


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Chancery Bar Association
  • The Denning Society