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James Riby, Partner
James advises on all areas of family law, including separation agreements, divorce, financial issues following separation and divorce, child contact and residence (or 'custody') issues and pre and post nuptial agreements.
AboutJames advises on all areas of family law, including separation agreements, divorce, financial issues following separation and divorce, child contact and residence (or 'custody') issues and pre and post nuptial agreements. He also advises couples who are not married or in a Civil Partnership on issues arising on relationship breakdown, such as disputes over property, child contact and residence and financial claims for the maintenance of children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act. His children law practice includes extensive experience in child abduction cases. In the above areas, James has experience of cases which have also touched upon related issues of confidentiality and privacy law. He has also dealt in particular with complex cross-border jurisdiction disputes and claims against offshore trusts.
James is a fluent speaker of Italian and has a busy UK-Italian caseload, and has worked with many well-known Italian family law firms in Milan and Rome and elsewhere in Italy.
James is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer and a trained Mediator.
James is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- In an important case in the unfolding impact of the EU's new cross-border 'Maintenance Regulation', James successfully obtained a stop to financial proceedings in England which allowed proceedings begun by his client in Spain to continue, whilst at the same time negotiating a child custody and visiting agreement which assisted both parties
- Navigating the complicated interactions of family, property and contract law facing unmarried couples, James succeeded in negotiating a settlement of proceedings which allowed his client to keep her home and allowed the parties and their collaborators to keep their tech business intact and thriving. James also helped the parties to reach a comprehensive child arrangements consent order for their 4 children
- M v W (Financial relief – Divorce – Trust assets) 
- Kremen v Agrest and Fishman (Financial relief; Avoidance of disposition orders; Financial provision; Sham transactions) 
- G v G (Financial Remedies: Strike out) 
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James Riby and Melania Constable write for Lexis PSL on insolvency and divorce in the time of coronavirus
James Riby writes for STEP Journal on the Court of Appeal's decision overturning a ‘special contribution’ to justify an unequal division of marital assets
James Riby writes for eprivateclient on the extra £30m awarded to ex-wife of dotcom tycoon in one of Britain's largest divorces
James Riby quoted in The Times on the extra £30m awarded to ex-wife of dotcom tycoon in one of Britain's largest divorces