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James is a director at Family Law in Partnership. He specialises in complex financial issues arising from divorce and separation and is an expert in the law as it relates to child maintenance. James specialises in non-adversarial and cost effective approaches to divorce including mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Notwithstanding this, some cases require court involvement and James has a strong track record of helping clients to achieve excellent outcomes. James is an experienced collaborative lawyer and led Resolution’s ‘Parenting after Parting’ initiative to raise awareness of the importance of positive co-parenting. James was one of the first lawyers to qualify as a family arbitrator (financial & property and children issues). As a mediator he is also qualified in the commercial model of mediation and in direct child consultation.


Winner of the John Cornwell Award 2014.

Financial Planning Certificate and G10 qualifications of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Professional Memberships

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.


Author of numerous textbooks on financial provision for children and ADR. Sets the accreditation paper on children’s finance, contributed to Resolution’s matrimonial consent orders, the President's standardised orders and co-wrote Sweet and Maxwell’s cohabitation law and precedents publication.