Portrait of Simon Calhaem

Simon Calhaem

Year of Call 1999

Professional Practice

Simon specialises in complex high value financial work, including matrimonial finance, inheritance claims, probate and Court of Protection work as well as civil disputes between family members, trusts claims and civil enforcement. He provides advocacy and advisory services in England and Wales, Gibraltar, Jersey, the Cayman Islands and further afield.

Simon has represented clients in the lower courts and in the Courts of Appeal of England, Jersey and the Cayman Islands, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. He has reported cases in every division of the High Court of England and Wales.

He recently appeared for the Appellant in the Privy Council Case of C v C.

  • Recommendations

    Ranked in both Offshore and Matrimonial Finance categories
    "A very bright and effective junior, who develops a good rapport with clients and judges."
    Legal 500 2022
    "Simon's impressive intellect and considerable experience are evident in each instruction, bringing reassurance and inspiring confidence in clients." (offshore)
    Legal 500 2022
    "Good both on paper and in his oral advocacy." "He is particularly good at giving clear, straightforward advice to clients." "He's strategic, he thinks deeply about his cases and he's personable."
    Chambers and Partners 2022
    "Exceedingly clever, technically excellent and has a reassuring manner with clients." (offshore)
    The Legal 500 2021
    "So quick on his feet in court, Simon often out manoeuvres his opponents and remains unflappable in the face of judicial pressure." (Family - Divorce and Financial Remedy)
    The Legal 500 2021
    "He has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and he works with his clients with a good sense of humour." "Utterly fearless in any situation and against any opposition, he is a very effective advocate."
    Chambers & Partners 2020
    “There is not case that is too complex or challenging for Simon. He attacks every one with the same level of calm determination and immediately puts clients at ease. He’s a lawyer with a brilliant brain.”
    Chambers & Partners 2019
    “He can explain complicated issues in a way clients can understand” (offshore)
    The Legal 500 2019
    “Technically excellent and not intimidated by any forum, he is a formidable opponent” (matrimonial finance)
    The Legal 500 2019
    “He’s extremely bright and he juggles arguments and legal concepts with ease. He’s also incredibly user-friendly and he’s a delight to work alongside.”
    Chambers & Partners 2018
    A specialist in cases involving high-net-worth individuals (matrimonial finance)
    Legal 500 2018
    Recommended for family work (offshore)
    Legal 500 2018
    "Punchy and bright, a tactician who is always looking at the longer game."
    Chambers & Partners 2017
    He is technically astute, and clients love him
    Legal 500 2017
    “a real talent, extremely bright and excellent on his feet”
    Chambers & Partners 2016
    ‘Recognised for his expertise in high-value financial remedy work.'
    Legal 500 2016
    "He's an incredible fighter who shows no fear. He's not short of confidence."
    Chambers & Partners 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."
    Legal 500 2015
    “leader in the field” of Matrimonial Finance
    Chambers & Partners 2014
  • Notable Cases

    • C v C (Jersey)
      (2019) UKPC 40 [2020] 1 FLR 641
    • Weisz v Weisz and others
      [2019] EWHC 3101 (Fam) (FLR forthcoming)
    • Wyatt v Vince (No 2) (Settlement: Publicity)
      [2017] 1 FLR 1766
    • A v B (Jersey Court of Appeal)
    • 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
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Mediator (Civil and Commercial)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)