Simon Pigott - Partner

“Levison Meltzer Pigott fields an ‘exceptional team’ with the ‘simply phenomenal’ Simon Pigott at the helm who works on the ‘hardest of cases and trickiest of clients with skill’”. Legal 500 2023

Contact Simon: [email protected]

Call: 020 7556 2400
Executive Assistant: 020 7556 2409

Simon is a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. He has lectured for the College of Law and was one of the first family law mediators trained by the Family Mediators Association. He was Chair of the Association between 1995 and 1997, and was Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom College of Family Mediators between 1996 and 1998. He remains an accredited and practising family mediator. He is a trained Collaborative lawyer.

Simon 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 the publication “Sorting Out Finances on Divorce”, revised in 2024, to help litigants in person manage the difficult process of negotiating their own agreements as well as the first edition of “Guidance on ‘Financial Needs‘ on Divorce” intended for the judiciary with a view to trying ensure a uniformity of approach across the family courts; the second edition of this informative guide was published in 2018 . Simon is consistently ranked for both Family Law and Family Mediation in the Legal 500 and  Chambers & Partners as well as being “top recommended” in Spear’s.

Recent Reported Cases

Dmitry Tsvetkov v Elsina Khayrova [2023] EWFC 130 – The Judgment:
04.08 2023

Dmitry Tsvetkov v Elsina Khayrova [2023] EWFC 131 – The costs judgment:
04.08 2023

EL and ML [2023] EWFC 43
15.02.23

Recognition

“ LMP have established themselves as the foremost boutique matrimonial practice in London. They are notable for the high level of service they provide and they offer exceptional value for money. Simon Pigott is a man of the highest integrity and is a formidable litigator. He is highly regarded.” Legal 500 2024

“Simon Pigott is one of the great family law solicitors and a gentleman to boot. He inspires confidence.Legal 500 2024

“Simon Pigott is one of the best mediators in the country”’. Legal 500 2024

“Simon Pigott is a class act. Highly experienced, extremely knowledgeable and engages with the issues to help clients resolve matters amicably in mediation”. Legal 500 2024

Simon is the go-to mediator for complex cases. He is very knowledgeable and has an air of authority that enables him to bring clients to settlement. Chambers HNW 2023 and Chambers UK 2024

“Simon is very experienced, very knowledgeable and very collaborative. He’s seen it all before, which makes him very unflappable. If you were a client, you would find his manner very reassuring.” “Simon is so organised, so calm under pressure and so good with clients. He has the most impeccable judgement.” Chambers UK 2023 and Chambers UK 2024

“A small but perfectly formed niche boutique team specialising in family law. In Simon Pigott and Jeremy Levison the firm has 2 of the most experienced, respected and well liked family solicitors in London. They provide the firm with leadership and example and still attract a range of very high profile and interesting cases”. Legal 500 2023

“Levison Meltzer Pigott fields an ‘exceptional team’ with the ‘simply phenomenal’ Simon Pigott at the helm who works on the ‘hardest of cases and trickiest of clients with skill’”. Legal 500 2023

“Simon Pigott at Levison Meltzer Pigott ‘is one of London’s best mediators and has a first-class reputation and achieves very good results. He has all the personal qualities needed to mediate complex family cases’”. Legal 500 2023

“Simon is very, very experienced, very knowledgeable and very collaborative. He’s seen it all before which makes him very unflappable” Chambers HNW 2022

“If you were a client, you would find his manner very reassuring” Chambers HNW 2022

“He really fights for his clients and is very good and analytical. He really understands finance too, and has a lot of international experience.” “He is diligent and immediately gains clients’ confidence.” “He is an excellent, outcomes-focused mediator.” Chambers UK 2022   

“Jeremy Levison and Simon Pigott are both extremely experienced leaders in the field. They have seen it all and so have all the answers.” 

Simon listens and does not make decisions for his own gain or that of his firm, which is very rare in family law. The strategic advice and guidance was extremely thoughtful and well researched.”

Legal 500 2022

“ Simon offered sensible and fair solutions, which were both reassuring thoughtful. Simon is a rare breed in family law. He has a paternal and reassuring disposition that is not patronising or undermining. He wants the best and most fair outcome for his client and is not ruthless in his approach. This probably comes from the fact that he works as a mediator and while excellent at representing his clients’ interests, looks at the other side of the coin and makes important points that allow you to come to a well rounded and thoughtful decision.” Legal 500 2022

Simon Pigott is excellence and experience in a glass.  Highly respected by all who work with him and trusted by all in the profession.  He is liked and admired by Judges and Clients alike and never fails to meet their expectationsLegal 500 2022 – Family Mediation

Simon Pigott has an excellent reputation as a lawyer and mediator within family law. A source explains: “Simon is quite simply magisterial in his approach. He is calm, measured and fair. He will fight his corner but knows very well the value of an agreement that all parties can live with.” A barrister notes: “He is brilliant, he’s an absolute legend. The reason he’s so good is he has a very quick mind, he reads situations brilliantly and is a very good people person. He can read the dynamic of a situation peerlessly, he is just brilliant at human dynamics.” Chambers HNW Guide 2021

“Simon’s experience, ability and sixth sense enabled him to quickly focus on issues and ensure that my case was presented to maximise the preferred outcome.” “He instils confidence in his clients and his preparation is brilliant.” Chambers UK 2021

“Simon Pigott stands out for his huge experience and measured approach. He is the archetypal lawyer you would want on your side.” Legal 500 2021

“Simon Pigott is a first-rate mediator – calm and assured” Legal 500 2021

“Simon Pigott has been doing mediation for such a long period of time and as a result is immensely experienced and knowledgeable” Legal 500 2021

“Simon Pigott is a highly experienced mediator and family lawyer of standing, respected by clients and peers alike” Legal 500 2021

“Simon works with complex financial issues and often high-conflict situations, wherever possible helping clients to find creative and workable solutions through mediation rather than recourse or return to the cost and uncertainty of court proceedings” Legal 500 2021

A client says Simon Pigott is “the voice of reason among all the ‘noise’ of divorce,” adding that “Simon cuts through all the jargon and the distress.” Pigott is also regarded as “a brilliant mediator” and has a highly active mediation practice. A source says he can “turn his hand to very complicated and highly acrimonious HNW mediations, and other things like international relocation where the mood is quite difficult.” Chambers HNW Guide 2020

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‘The sort of plain-speaking wisdom that has made Pigott’s firm an outlier’ – Top Recommended Family Lawyer, 2020 Spear’s Family Law Index

“He’s a polished litigator who is extremely experienced and a force to be reckoned with.” Chambers UK Guide 2020

“He’s tough, strategic and knows when to fight and when to find another avenue that’s perhaps less confrontational.” Chambers UK Guide 2020

‘Simon is a stand-out lawyer who has great technical skills and people skills. He is one of the most experienced mediators in London and I regularly refer clients to him with confidence.’ Legal 500 2020

‘The sort of plain-speaking wisdom that has made Pigott’s firm an outlier’ – Top Recommended Family Lawyer, 2020 Spear’s Family Law Index

“He’s a polished litigator who is extremely experienced and a force to be reckoned with.” Chambers UK Guide 2020

“He’s tough, strategic and knows when to fight and when to find another avenue that’s perhaps less confrontational.” Chambers UK Guide 2020

‘Simon is a stand-out lawyer who has great technical skills and people skills. He is one of the most experienced mediators in London and I regularly refer clients to him with confidence.’ Legal 500 2020

Education

Mill Hill School ; University of Southampton (1977 BSc Hons).

Career

Trained Wright Webb Syrett, qualified 1982; founding partner Levison Meltzer Pigott 1998.

Simon is a member of:

Resolution; American Bar Association (Family Section); Family Mediators Association;
International Academy of Family Lawyers; Central London Collaborative Forum.

Publications:

Contributor, ‘Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters’, 17th ed.

Sarah Stower
Simon's Executive Assistant

Please email Sarah at:
[email protected]

Sarah's Direct Dial
020 7556 2409