James is a partner in the family team. He specialises in the financial and other consequences of relationship formation or breakdown.

His principle role is to help people separate sensibly. He is well known for having a commercial, constructive and resolution focused approach combined with the ability to pursue litigation through the Courts with tenacity where necessary.

James is considered an expert in complex financial cases, including those involving businesses and trust/tax structures. He has considerable knowledge of pre-nuptial agreements (having sat on the Advisory Group to the Law Commission).

Many matters in which James is instructed involve an international dimension. James has lectured nationally and internationally including for the European Family Justice Observatory, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners.

In contrast with many family lawyers, James’ practice is not limited to representing married couples or those in a personal relationship and as such he also acts for other family members, business partners or individuals who own property together or face family related legal issues.

James is known as a leader in the field in relation to same-sex relationships, civil partnerships and same-sex marriages, particularly those involving cross-border issues.

He has a particularly strong reputation in resolving matters through constructive discussions and cooperation. James is both a mediator and a collaborative family lawyer (both specialist forms of dispute resolution designed to reach solutions in a non-Court based arena).

James has lectured for both Resolution and the Family Mediators Association.

Acted in the:

  • Chancery Law case of Ashby v Kilduff [2010] EWHC 2034 (Ch) regarding the disputed ownership of a number of properties following the breakdown of a same-sex cohabiting relationship

  • divorce case of F v F (S intervening) [2002] EWHC 2814 relating to the husband’s attempts to bankrupt himself to avoid his wife’s financial claims

  • leading case on nullity and Islamic marriages of El Gamal v HRH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum [2011] EWHC B27 (Fam), which also appeared in the Court of Appeal in relation to the financial provision for children of unmarried parents
  • Recognised as a 'leading individual' by Chambers who comment that he 'impresses with his diligence and maturity' and 'just really fantastic…vastly knowledgeable and experienced.’

  • Described in Chambers 2015 as 'a very precise character, he has great attention to detail and he's very thoughtful'

  • Recommended by Legal 500 who note his 'attention to detail’ and describe him as 'an exceptional talent'  

  • Identified as a 'prominent figure' in the Citywealth Leaders List 2015

  • Listed in the Thomson Reuters 'London Super Lawyers' lists.

  • Shortlisted for Jordan’s Publishing ‘Family Law Partner of the Year’ Award

  • James sits on the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales (having previously chaired the committee). The committee plays a leading role in family law policy, practice and reform

  • Sits alongside a small group of experts (including High Court judges and Queens Counsel) on the Editorial Board of the Practical Law, Family Division (the leading provider of family law know-how)

  • Is regularly called upon by the mainstream media for interview or comment on family law matters, and as such James has appeared on the Today programme, the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 News
  • Studied law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and BPP Law School

  • Co-author of The Law Society's Family Law Protocol on financial provision for unmarried parents