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James Copson

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James has far-reaching experience in all areas of family breakdown, with a particular emphasis on the resolution of complex international financial disputes and children issues. He advises on cohabitation claims and private children law matters, to include residence and sharing of care of children, international relocation of children and child abduction, and has extensive expertise in negotiation and drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

James has acted for many trustees and beneficiaries on trust-related issues in divorce, and for a wide-ranging number of individuals in sport, especially in the world of football. He also has a particular expertise in Anglo-Italian cases.

James is the Diversity and Inclusion partner at Withers, supporting the cause for increased diversity in the workplace.


Admitted 1992; Partner since 1998

Professional Memberships

Resolution’s Pensions, Tax and Financial Remedies Committee;


American Bar Association (Overseas Member); and



Pension Advisory Group – A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce (co-author)


Born in 1966. James is married with two adult sons and two dogs.