James is the firm's Joint Managing Partner and a partner in the family team. He specialises in the financial and other consequences of relationship formation or breakdown. 

His principal 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).

James is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. As such, 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 identified 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 an accredited 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.  He is a co-author of the Family Law Protocol, published by the Law Society Family Law Protocol | The Law Society.

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