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James is a director at Family Law in Partnership. James specialises in complex financial issues and non-adversarial and cost-effective approaches to divorce and separation including mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. He helps clients take control of the issues that affect them, clarifying priorities, exploring all the options and identifying the best way forward.

James is recognised throughout the country for his leadership in alternative dispute resolution. He was one of the first family lawyers to train as a family arbitrator in financial issues, one of the first to train in children issues and he is a member of the online resource Family Arbitrator. He has a thriving arbitration practice, dealing with cases at hearings and on paper.


Winner of the John Cornwell Award 2014.

Legal 500 UK 2020 Hall of Fame.

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.