James advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown, specialising in difficult or complex cases.
These may involve international issues, offshore assets and trusts, business interests or hidden assets, and the construction of sophisticated financial settlements. He also advises trustees in relation to divorce proceedings and cohabitation law.
James has considerable experience of cross-border work, in particular Anglo-French cases. He is also experienced in pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements both international and domestic.
He is committed to resolving disputes in a constructive way wherever possible and to that end is a Resolution-trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.
James is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.
James is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Acted for a highly successful businessman in his divorce; the marital assets, which were valued at many millions of pounds, included several properties, extensively valuable antiques and other chattels, pensions and both listed and unlisted shares
- Acted in divorce proceedings for a client whose husband had established trusts in foreign jurisdictions containing assets of great value, including land, business assets and investment portfolios
- Acted in stay proceedings for a high net worth individual whose spouse had issued divorce proceedings in England; a non-EU jurisdiction was more appropriate in the circumstances of the case
- Acted for a high net worth individual in the conclusion of a post-nuptial agreement designed to deal with the financial consequences of a possible divorce, enabling the parties to focus on trying to save the marriage