Rob Simpson TEP, plain-speaking Winchester lawyer
After setting up Thomas Simpson Solicitors, Rob has continued to provide advice and assistance to those under investigation or facing criminal charges. He gained his higher rights of audience in 2007 and subsequently practiced in both the magistrates’ and crown courts.
Since 2012 Rob has updated and expanded his knowledge of trusts and estates. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and completed the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates with distinction. Rob received a Worldwide Excellence Award from STEP for gaining the highest mark of any candidate in the June 2018 Trust and Estate Accounting (England & Wales) Advanced Certificate exam.
Rob prides himself on being a lawyer who gives advice in plain language and making it as easy as possible to understand sometimes complex issues. Many clients find that the daunting prospect of making a will or administering someone’s affairs seem much easier after their meeting with him.
Rob has experience in dealing with cross border estates, trusts and elderly clients. He can quickly and sensitively assess mental capacity and advise on suitable steps to ensure that any Will can be robustly defended if challenged.
Rob has been appointed as a part time judge of the First Tier Tribunal and hears appeals in relation to social security and child support payments. He sits as an Assistant Coroner and away from work Rob is a trustee of the Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust which runs Naomi House & Jacksplace in Sutton Scotney.
‘From our first meeting at your offices and then at subsequent meetings and at my various court appearances you always offered honest and constructive advice, always presented in a friendly and sensitive way.
‘I would be more than happy at any time to commend your services to any party and cannot speak highly enough of the quality and care you have always provided. I will not forget you.’ Mr C.M.
‘The advice was clear, understandable and comprehensive. Execution of matters also exemplary.’ Mr A.R
‘Your services were excellent – professional and good humoured – during what was a particularly difficult and distressing time for me.’ Mrs M.O
Hilary Thomas, tenacious Winchester lawyer
One of the most important aspects of Hilary’s work is the ability to give a completely personal service, whether dealing with criminal clients or assisting Rob with Wills and probate.
Her principal focus, however, remains on representing those accused of criminal offences whether in the magistrates’ or crown courts. It does not matter if you have been charged with a minor offence or a very serious and complex one: Hilary’s attention to detail and to you will be exactly the same.
Hilary is tenacious in unearthing useful evidence and finding inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case. An experienced and skilled lawyer, she works tirelessly to ensure that every avenue is explored and that her clients are fully prepared for the stresses and strains of standing trial.
‘I would like to say how grateful I am to you, Hilary, for everything you did, especially for getting SL (a barrister) to work for us. She was a formidable force & lets just say I am glad she was on our side. Thank you, Hilary, this was all down to you’ Miss S.J and Mr D.D
‘I would like to thank you and your company for the help and support and I will pass your details on to anyone who needs you’ Mr S.J