Simpson Millar Appoints New Partner in Family Law Team

29 May 2020

Leading law firm Simpson Millar has announced the appointment of Chris Fairhurst as Partner within its national Family Law team in a move that will further strengthen its private client offering across England and Wales.

The appointment represents a real coup for Simpson Millar as Fairhurst joins from a specialist boutique family law firm, bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience specialising in complex family finance cases in Divorce and Separation, as well as the dissolution of civil partnerships involving pensions and business assets.

Joining the national firm with immediate effect, and based in Manchester, Chris Fairhurst is the second senior appointment for the team since the arrival of new Head of Family Law David Lister in September of last year, with Maya Bhatiani joining as Senior Associate Solicitor in the firm’s central London office.

A Resolution Accredited Specialist in financial and children disputes, Fairhurst says he is ‘excited and privileged’ to be joining the team and working alongside such a ‘dynamic Head of Family Law’.

He said, “I am very much looking forward to working alongside David and helping to bring to life his vision for the future of family law; making it less daunting and more open for the public.

“I’m excited and privileged to be able to build the team throughout the North West of England and beyond and share my own experiences and views about how we can make things better for separating families and children.”

David Lister, Simpson Millar’s Head of Family Law said, “We’re delighted to be welcoming Chris to the team who brings with him a wealth of experience in Manchester and Lancaster, both of which are key growth areas for the firm following our recent expansion across the North West.

“His work with Resolution’s Innovation Committee perfectly complements the work we are already doing in order to fundamentally to change the face of family law – making it more accessible and open to our clients, including implementing a Fixed Fee Divorce and Consent Order package.

“As part of this, we are working in collaboration with mediators in order to deliver neutral evaluations and Consent Order drafting services.

“The fact that Chris joins us from a well-regarded boutique family law firm tells us that we are gaining traction in our quest to become an employer of choice for real talent.”

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