Simon Hardy


Private Client

"Simon Hardy is outstanding."

Legal 500 UK 2020

"Simon Hardy is approachable, hugely knowledgeable and determined to achieve results that are optimal for his clients"

Legal 500 UK 2021

Simon is the Head of our Court of Protection team, and has specialised in the property and financial affairs jurisdiction of the Court for over 15 years.

His main role is as a professional Deputy but he also advises on all types of Court of Protection cases with a particular interest in complex cerebral palsy and brain injury cases and (often contested) statutory will or gift applications.  He also specialises in the creation and administration of Personal Injury trusts and acting as a professional Trustee. He has many years’ experience of working alongside and supporting litigation lawyers in medical negligence and personal injury cases, including the preparation of expert witness statements in support when necessary. His in depth understanding of such cases is vital in ensuring that an individual’s hard won award of compensation is fully protected and appropriately administered in their best interests.

Simon acts as a professional Deputy and professional Trustee for a broad range of clients, all with a multitude of differing needs and requirements. Many have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical negligence or personal injury, some have a mental illness or dementia, others have a learning disability. Every client is unique and it is impossible to provide a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Simon invests considerable time and energy in getting to know each client and their family so that he and his team can truly provide a bespoke service tailored to their needs.

The role of Deputy or Trustee isn’t simply about being able to know and apply the law. That said, Simon has many years’ practical experience and clients can be confident that he has probably already come across most situations and problems that can arise. He understands his role is incredibly important and will have a direct impact on the day to day lives of his clients. It is about being a good listener, providing a calming voice at times of stress and genuinely caring about creating a positive outcome in the best interests of the client. Simon never forgets that he is simply the custodian of the clients’ money, there to guide and advise, but at his best when he empowers them to live their life in the fullest possible way.

Before becoming a solicitor, Simon served for 8 years as an officer in the Royal Navy. He is proud of his service and believes this has given him a wider perspective on life and made him a more rounded human being. It is the human side of Simon’s work that he most enjoys and these formative years played a big part in making him the dedicated Court of Protection solicitor that he is now.

Simon is recognised by Legal 500 UK 2020 as a leading individual.

what clients and directories say

"...a great knack of explaining things in a down to earth, matter of fact way that always makes us feel we are in safe and knowledgeable hands… [Our son] needs someone to take care of his affairs who is trustworthy, approachable, reliable, experienced and efficient …  you have shown us all these qualities.”

"…has always acted calmly and thoughtfully, taking care to think through consequences with us and advising us with great sensitivity…. His role is not an easy one and we have appreciated his willingness to help with any matter we throw at him in a professional, considered and timely manner.”

"Simon is not afraid to invest fully in his client, and the team around the client, in a knowledgeable and honest way. This allows us to trust him which results in more stable and therefore more successful outcomes." 

Case Manager

“Simon is able to identify complex issues early and delivers sensible solutions to families who are under immense stress….Simon has all the attributes I would look for in recommending a Deputy.”

Investment Manager

He manages very complex situations and shows immense patience and an ability to cut through things."

Chambers UK 2021

He is very responsive and has a practical head on his shoulders."

Chambers UK 2021

Clients also speak highly of him, with one saying: 'Simon seems to strike a good balance between his own responsibility and understanding our feelings about what is the right thing to do. There isn't anything I would hesitate to discuss with him.'"

Chambers UK, A client's guide to the legal profession 2018

Team head Simon Hardy has ‘a very strong background in COP work and is used to dealing with complicated cases. He is very focused on what he can do for his clients and is an excellent mediator with families.’" 

Legal 500 UK 2017

Simon Hardy ... is dedicated to his clients and really knows his stuff, while clients say that he is everything that a Court of Protection solicitor should be." 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2017


Professional societies and memberships


I find Simon Hardy’s attitude very client orientated and he fully understands the needs of this special client group.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

Simon Hardy is highly regarded for his experience handling complex property and affairs proceedings, including contested deputyship and statutory will applications. He often acts as a professional deputy for vulnerable individuals with brain injury.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

We have been extremely satisfied with all our dealings with Simon Hardy. Liaising with the Court of Protection, he has guided us through all aspects of managing a large settlement."

Chambers UK, 2020

He is very down to earth and practical, and makes sensible decisions about clients."

Chambers UK, 2020

Simon Hardy is extremely bright and a great strategist."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Simon Hardy has a 'personal touch with clients, is very knowledgeable and has a real empathy with his clients."

Legal 500 UK 2019

Simon Hardy primarily works as a professional deputy, representing individuals with complex injuries and disabilities. He often steps in to work with clients whose relationships with previous deputies have broken down. Sources praise his 'down to earth approach' and ability to handle difficult situations."

Chambers UK, A client's guide to the legal profession 2018


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