Simon Cooper

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Degree: 
LLB (Hons) University of Nottingham
Year of call and Inn: 
2012; Inner Temple
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit, CBA
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Simon joined Albion Chambers in 2017 and practises exclusively in family law, both public and private law, Court of Protection and Mental Health work. 

Prior to being called to the Bar, Simon was a partner in a firm that specialised in representing those with mental-health difficulties. As a solicitor he practised in family, mental health and Court of Protection work, leading the firm’s family law team. Simon was a member of the Law Society’s specialist mental-health panel. He regularly represented clients before Mental Health Tribunals and acted for those detained at medium and high secure units including patients at Broadmoor special hospital. Given his depth of experience, Simon is often instructed in cases where a party to the proceedings has mental-health difficulties or is otherwise vulnerable.

Simon is a highly-experienced advocate, his skills having been developed over many years at the Criminal Bar, where he gained particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable clients and those requiring a particularly sensitive or patient approach. He acted for both prosecution and defence in cases of the utmost seriousness including murder, terrorism and serious sexual offences, and honed skills that he now deploys in often highly contentious civil cases. Simon is recognised for his thorough preparation and his ability to manage the most challenging of cases, situations and clients. 

Simon acts on behalf of Local Authorities and private individuals and appears for Guardians and the Official Solicitor.

Simon is a trustee of Bristol Mind, having previously been a trustee of Mind in Taunton and South Somerset. 

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