James is an associate solicitor in the children and education law team. He is a member of the Law Society’s Children Law Panel meaning he is accredited to represent children in court proceedings, and is a Resolution accredited specialist in private law children disputes and adoption.
James offers clients clear, focussed and practical advice. He understands the importance of supporting his clients in what can be unfamiliar and daunting situations, and aims to achieve the best outcomes for families and children at the earliest opportunity. James undertakes most of the advocacy at all stages of his cases, giving his clients continuity throughout their matters.
Clients have commented on James’s sharp intellect coupled with a rational and reasonable approach and his cost effective and professional handling of cases.
He has extensive experience advising and representing adult and child clients in matters including:
- all aspects of arrangements for children when parents separate, parental responsibility, and applications to move overseas with children (leave to remove applications).
- applications to adopt children. James is well placed to advise and guide clients through the adoption process as a result of his extensive experience in public law proceedings.
- arrangements for extended family members, for example grandparents, to care for children such as special guardianship orders, including the financial and other support that may be available to carers.
- applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders. James can act without delay in emergency cases.
- child protection matters, where James has experience helping families deal with and resolve social services investigations as advantageously as possible.
- issues around foster care, for example advising foster carers in disputes with their fostering agencies, and representing parents to secure the right placements and support for children in foster care.
- public law court proceedings where social services intervene in family life. James is experienced in representing both parents and children through their court appointed Guardians, who regularly instruct him including in complex cases involving allegations of non-accidental injury to children, sexual abuse, and where criminal law matters affect the welfare of children.
Member of Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children
James has a degree in English from the University of Oxford and an MA in English from the University of Exeter. He trained at Russell-Cooke after completing his legal studies, qualifying as a solicitor in 2009.