Partner, Head of Family (Oxford)
Simon is head of the Family law team and lead partner in Oxfordshire. He has specialised in family law for over 20 years.
Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and joined RWK Goodman as a partner in 2008 after the firm’s merger with the Oxfordshire firm Marshall & Galpin.
Simon is a regular contributor to local and legal press and provides family law training for local charities and organisations, including RELATE and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. He regularly features on BBC Radio Oxford dealing with family law matters. He is an accredited adviser for Resolution, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.
The Legal 500 UK, an independent guide to the legal profession, recognises that Simon “has invaluable experience and knowledge of the legal system“. In a more recent edition, he has been described as “excellent” and “a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance“.
Chambers & Partners UK says ‘Simon Bassett is particularly active in matrimonial finance cases. One source reports: “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to think creatively around the financial cases, and to look for solutions that aren’t obvious.”‘ Chambers also recognise Simon as a “Leader in his field”.
Simon's expertise includes:
- Providing advice on all aspects of separation and divorce
- Advising on financial matters and complex settlements, often involving companies pensions
- Matters involving children, including DNA
- Testing cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements
"Simon, the success of this trial began with your imaginative and efficient planning. You equipped the client’s case with credible witness evidence and a robust enquiry into the other party’s circumstances. The result was a formidable case to present at trial"
"I have always been impressed with Simon’s ability to think creatively about the issues in a case"
"Simon’s pragmatic, problem-solving approach is rooted in a rare combination of sound legal judgement, shrewd commercial acumen, astute strategic planning and client-focused manner"
“Simon, thank you for all your invaluable help and support. Your professionalism and knowledge made navigating unknown waters bearable.”
“I can’t thank Simon enough for his help, support and professionalism. It has been a real pleasure having Simon as my solicitor. He’s on the ball, very efficient and gets things done! I would highly recommend Simon personally to anyone who needs an excellent solicitor.”
“I would just like to thank Simon for his help in making this whole matter stress free and for the reassurance he gave me. I will be highly recommending him.”
“Thank you very much for all your help throughout my divorce...I’m extremely grateful for your carefully considered guidance and expertise. Your expert help has made this stressful period very much less traumatic than it might otherwise have been”