So, who are Oerton Simm?
Simply, we are Victoria Oerton and Graham Simm, and are husband and wife. Victoria qualified in 2008 and Graham in 1988, so together we have over 48 years experience in Family Law. We worked together in Exeter for 5 years before deciding to set up in private practice here in Taunton in 2013. We work as a team so that we combine our collective experience and knowledge in order to find the best solution for you. We know that Family Law can appear daunting, it’s language foreign, it’s approaches confusing and ever changing, but there is more than one approach to all problems, and we are alive to the fact that what may suit one individual may be wholly unsuitable for another.
Victoria Oerton (pronounced Orton - just ignore the e) hails from North Devon, the daughter of a local solicitor, and in fact is the fifth generation of solicitors in her family. Vic was a trainee solicitor in North Devon before moving to South Devon upon qualification, where she practised until setting up Oerton Simm with Graham.
Victoria approaches cases in the same spirit as Graham, namely believing that talking about problems, rather than shouting and fighting, is the best way to resolve them. Not always possible, but an admirable objective and one that has settled many of her cases much earlier than would otherwise have been the case.
Victoria is also a Collaboratively qualified solicitor, and is treasurer of Somerset Resolution (formerly the Solicitors family Law Association).
In her spare time Victoria is a keen chef (and has too many cook books), loves reading, gardening, and listening to Graham murder the ukulele...
Partner and Collaborative Practitioner
Graham is a Yorkshire lad, having practiced in Surrey for the first 15 years of his professional life before heading off to the South West in 2003. Throughout his professional career he has specialised in family law. He is a qualified Collaborative practitioner, and believes that most cases would come to a resolution much more quickly if only the parties would communicate.
In his spare time Graham dabbles at playing the Alto Sax, although the more he tries, the more he realises that he has a long way to go! He has also recently taken up the Ukulele, and can't play that either...
the office Jack Russell
And finally …
Leonard has been with the firm for 9 years, and specialises in barking at our window cleaner, wanting to go out when it is heavily raining, and generally making sure that no-one comes up the stairs without first ringing the bell (else you will get a vocal reception).
He can be found in the office most days, and is very friendly (once he has stopped barking....).