Profile submitted by Simon Pigott
Founding partner specialising in all aspects of divorce and family law, including complex financial issues and children; an accredited and practising family mediator, handling all issues; a qualified and practising collaborative lawyer. Has lectured for the College of Law and was one of the first family lawyers to be trained as a Mediator by the Family Mediators Association. Chair of the Association 1995 and 1997, and vice-chair of the United Kingdom College of Family Mediators 1996 and 1998. Reported Cases: Re: B  EWCA Civ 1302; Ella v Ella  2 FLR 35, Manchanda v Manchanda  2 FLR 590. Was shortlisted for the prestigious Family Law Awards 2014 in the Family Law ADR Practitioner of the Year category. Recommended as a “Distinguished Individual” in the 2015 Spear’s Family Law Index of the Top 50 Lawyers, in which he was praised by a rival for making 'each party feel comfortable... with the "financially sophisticated" party feeling that they are understood and the "financially weaker" party feeling supported.' Simon Pigott was one of 12 members of the ‘small but hugely experienced’ working group, chaired by Mrs Justice Roberts, and appointed by the Family Justice Council as part of its primary role to promote an inter-disciplinary approach to family justice. In 2016, the group produced two guides: “Sorting Out Finances on Divorce”, which was published 05 April 2016, to help litigants in person manage the difficult process of negotiating their own agreements, and “Guidance on “Financial Needs” on Divorce,” which was published in July and is intended for the judiciary with a view to trying ensure a uniformity of approach across the family courts.
Resolution. American Bar Association (Family Section). Family Mediators Association. Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Central London Collaborative Forum.
Qualified 1982. Wright Webb Syrett 1978-83; Theodore Goddard 1983-85; Collyer-Bristow 1985-98 (Partner from 1987); Levison Meltzer Pigott 1998.
Contributor, 'Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters', 17th ed.
Born October 1956. Mill Hill School 1970-74. University of Southampton 1974-77. Lives in Wolverton, Hants. Married with three daughters.