Simon’s practice focuses on advising individuals, families and trusts in relation to a wide range of legal, commercial and personal issues. He acts as trustee for a number of significant landowning families and finds innovative solutions to the many challenges that the ownership of landed estates presents. Simon also advises private and commercial investors in the acquisition and management of farms and estates – covering sporting, agricultural and commercial aspects.

His clients include corporate and charitable bodies as well as many significant private estates.


Examples of experience include advising:
  • On the acquisition of a rural estate in the North of England comprising agricultural, residential and commercial assets for £24m
  • On the purchase of an estate in the Midlands comprising agricultural, residential and commercial elements for £35m and the estate’s subsequent break up and disposal.

"He has an encyclopedic knowledge of things."

"His attention to detail is fantastic and he is super personable." 

Chambers and Partners 2021

"Simon Kirkup’s advice on tax, probate and trust law has always been sound and first class."

Legal 500 2021

"I would particularly rate his agricultural tenancy expertise."

"He is an acknowledged specialist."

Chambers and Partners 2020

"Household name, at the top of his game".

"An excellent lawyer".

Chambers and Partners