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James Freeman, Partner

James advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown, specialising in difficult or complex cases.



James is Head of the Family group at Charles Russell Speechlys and is a leading family lawyer. He advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown, specialising in difficult or complex cases. These commonly involve international issues, offshore assets and trusts, business interests or hidden assets, and the construction of sophisticated financial settlements. He often advises trustees, intervenors and family offices in relation to divorce proceedings. 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 trained as a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer. He 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 ‘ultra-high net worth’ businessman in his divorce. The assets included a major business, properties in various countries, art, pensions and a range of complex investments. Novel questions of law arose
  • Acted in divorce proceedings for a client whose spouse was interested in 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
  • Advised a member of a global UHNW family on a pre-nuptial agreement designed to deal with the financial consequences of divorce in a manner that was consistent with the family’s overall planning and approach


Chambers HNW 2022
Spear's 500 - 2022
Legal 500 - Leading individual 2022

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