Company

Simkins

Position

Partner

Index

Legal

Family Lawyers

Location

London

Advice type

Alternative dispute resolution

Big-money cases

Cross-border

Divorces

Financial remedies

High-profile cases

High-value cases

International cases

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Same-sex couples

Client Types

Celebrities

Entrepreneurs

High-profile clients

HNW

Trusts

Sector Focus

Artists, Writers and Performers

Legal Advisory Services

Geographical Focus

France

Germany

Italy

United Kingdom

United States

Customer Type

Solicitor

Deborah Jeff

Spear's Review

Deborah Jeff’s career has been characterised by major cases, including working ‘with two trust funds in the Isle of Man worth £13 million, and on a well-known singer/songwriter’s pre-nup.’

Noted for the law-changing case of SS v NS, which shone a light on the needs-based assessment of maintenance payments to spouses, most of Jeff’s work involves complex financial disputes within divorce and between cohabiting couples, often with offshore elements and intricate taxation issues. She also has considerable experience with issues relating to children, such as contact, residence, child abduction and paternity testing.

A family law partner at Simkins, Jeff has particular expertise in how divorces can affect the mental health of clients. ‘It happened by chance when I realised many clients have psychotherapists to get through the process,’ she explains.

Adviser Profile

'My work over recent years has increasingly been for public figures and those in the music and entertainment industry, particularly for clients fighting to protect their wealth at the outset of a relationship,' says Deborah Jeff. 

Jeff's high and ultra-high net worth practice has grown exponentially, most recently with client interests between the UK, US, Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg. That growth saw Jeff protecting a client's assets of £340M by way of a postnuptial agreement. 

Respected by accountants and mental health professionals who entrust her with their most delicate and complex client needs; clients warm to her down-to-earth manner whilst respecting her attention to detail and ability to strategise a case from the outset.

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2022, Family Lawyers

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