He has far-reaching experience in all areas of family breakdown, with a particular emphasis on the resolution of complex financial disputes, especially those of an international nature. He has an extensive command of the negotiation and drafting of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. He advises on cohabitation claims and private children law matters, to include residence and sharing of care of children and international relocation of children. He pays meticulous attention to the crucial details whilst maintaining commercial intelligence and striking judgement in achieving sensible outcomes for his clients.
James has acted for many trustees and beneficiaries on trust-related issues in divorce, and for a wide-ranging number of individuals in sport, especially in the world of football. James has particular expertise in Anglo-Italian cases.
Resolution National Conference, annual tax and divorce workshops
Acting for the successful appellant in the landmark case of Wicks, which confirms current English law on interim capital arrangements in divorce.
Representing the successful appellant in the case of Pearce, which sets out the law on capitalisation of spousal maintenance (alimony) years after divorce.
Representing the wife in TvT, which interprets the meaning of ‘maintenance’ under European Union law.
Acting for the husband in BJ v MJ ( with Claire Blakemore ), which deals with the treatment of offshore trusts in financial claims.
Me in a minute
I enjoy the challenges each day brings
I am the son of a diplomat and as a result a quirky feature of my early life is that I grew up in three countries that no longer exist. I have acted in a number of highly political cases and one of the highlights of my career was representing a matrimonial client in Court defending an application by a foreign government seeking inspection of all papers on the court file in my case. It was very much David and Goliath. Again, David won.
I am the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion partner, a role I find extremely fulfilling as it brings an extra dimension to my day job as a family lawyer.
As a family lawyer I enjoy the challenges each day brings. Each one is different. I try to keep things simple even when technical issues arise. I have been told many times that I am upbeat and my cheerfulness has a really positive effect on my clients.
I live in the countryside and like nothing better than a brisk country walk with the nirvana of a country pub at the end of it.
I am married with two dogs and two cats - and two sons.
My passion is for the game of football and I am an ardent armchair supporter of Chelsea. Sadly the season ticket had to go when moving to the country. It also doesn’t help being married to a Liverpool fan.
Resolution's Property, Tax and Pensions Committee
International Academy of Family Lawyers
Association International des Jeunes Avocats
American Bar Association (Overseas Member)
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