About Us

Our solicitors and staff are multicultural. We thrive and are proud of our diversity which is reflected in our clientele and our areas of expertise.


Our senior partner and founder of Douglass Simon, Ms Lira Simon Cabatbat has over 25 years legal experience. She specialises in all aspects of Immigration, Human Rights and Family law. Ms Cabatbat is renowned for her tenacious and frank advice; this is reflected in her success rate in Immigration Tribunals, Judicial Review and High Court cases. She has in-depth knowledge of Human Rights law and this has been widely acknowledged by the judiciary. Her media work includes television, and writing articles published in national and local news. Ms Cabatbat is a Resolution (Family law) panel member advising in Domestic Violence. She has a wealth of experience in family and matrimonial cases particularly those with international elements. Ms Cabatbat is fluent in Tagalog (Filipino language) and is familiar with the Philippine legal system.


Our London office is headed by Mr Harry Khan who joined Douglass Simon in 2006. After completion of his training in 2008 he launched the London office. Mr Khan was made Partner in 2014 and has led the way in establishing our Earls Court office as a reputable and leading London branch. His detail orientated approach coupled with his extensive legal knowledge makes him a formidable lawyer able to handle complex and challenging cases. Mr Khan has over a decade of experience in the fields of Immigration, Employment, Wills and Probate. He regularly provides training in his areas of expertise and further complements his skills with writing articles for national publications. He is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. 


Our niche practice belies our myriad of associations ranging from our complement of staff, consultants and barristers instructed according to their expertise. Our committed and experienced personnel include, amongst others:


Mr Davide Riccardi’s academic achievements include a first class degree equivalent in Politics and International Relations from the L’Orientale University in Naples, Italy. More recently he received a commendation upon completion of his Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law in Guildford. Mr Riccardi gained international experience with the British Consulate in Naples (Italy) and the Italian Embassy in Libya. He is a fluent Italian speaker.


After graduating from Durham University in 2007, Ms Annah Cheatham worked in the City of London for various financial institutions before discovering a latent passion for the law. Ms Cheatham was called to the bar in 2014 and subsequently qualified as a solicitor. She obtained her master’s degree in law (LL.M) and is also a qualified mediator. Ms Cheatham trained in criminal defence and matrimonial law and has spent a great deal of time in the Crown Court and the High Court representing clients in both private and publicly funded matters. Ms Cheatham has a natural flair for matrimonial law and fiercely protects her clients interests as she guides them through proceedings. A skilled advocate, known for her client care and personalised approach to each case, Ms Cheatham works tirelessly to improve the lives of those she represents.  Ms Cheatham has dual UK and US citizenship and grew up in Tokyo leaving her well placed to understand the nuanced approach demanded of international work.  Ms Cheatham in a member of Resolution and the Inns of Court in London (Middle Temple) She speaks conversational French and in her spare time, volunteers for a charitable organisation called Rights of Women where she offers free and confidential legal advice.


Our associations include German lawyers and more recently we expanded our offices by establishing a presence in Taguig Metro Manila Philippines, close to the British Embassy, where we specialise in providing Immigration services for those considering entry to the United Kingdom. We have long standing relationships with highly qualified and experienced barristers with a proven track record of getting results.  


We are contracted by the Legal Aid Agency to provide Legal Aid work in Family law to cover all aspects including Care Proceedings, Injunctions, Occupation Orders and Financial relief.


In our twenty years of practice it has been our privilege to assist individuals and corporations. We are honoured to have reunited families, protected clients’ rights and liberties and helped businesses expand and prosper. 


Late opening at our Richmond office:

Appointments are available outside the usual working hours at our Richmond office on Thursdays between 5 to 7pm. Please call us on 020 3375 0555 to book an appointment.


Fixed fee initial consultation:

We offer fixed fee consultations at both our Richmond and Earls Court offices. These consultations are by appointment only. Please call our Richmond office on 020 3375 0555 or our Earls Court office on 020 7373 4429.


Unbundled work:

We offer “unbundled” legal services for all aspects of both Employment and Family law. This allows you to “pay as you go” for each stage as it happens. Please call or email for further information.