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James Stewart

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James Stewart is a family lawyer and arbitrator with specific expertise in complex, and often international cases. He is admitted as a solicitor in England and in Northern Ireland. James has an international family law practice and is a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), an organisation of the world’s leading family lawyers, and a recognised expert in the field of Anglo-Russian family law. James is a member of the Times Law Panel, an advisory body of 100 of the UK’s most prominent lawyers. He has also been named in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ which highlights those lawyers who are at the top of their game. On 14 February 2013 he was named ‘Lawyer of the Week’ by The Times. The 2014 edition of the Super Lawyers list has recognised James as a leader in his field in family law. In addition, he has been included in the Top 100 Lawyers in London list. James is the general editor of ‘Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons’ (third edition, 2015) and ‘Practical Law Company’s Multi-Jurisdictional Guide to Family Law’. He has authored the Russian and Ukrainian chapters of International Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements (Family Law 2011). He has a reputation in the City as a family lawyer with a commercial edge and continues to attract high-net-worth and high-profile cases.


Qualified 1990; assistant solicitor Solomon Taylor Shaw, Hampstead 1994-96; senior solicitor Stephenson Harwood 1996-2000; partner and head of the family department Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 2000-06; partner Penningtons Manches 2006 to date. Publications: general editor ‘Family Law – Jurisdictional Comparisons’ (Thomas Reuters 3rd edition 2015); co-author Russian and Ukrainian chapters of ‘International Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements (Family Law 2011)’; general editor ‘Multi-Jurisdictional Guides – Family (Practical Law Company)’ 2013 to date.


Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb); co-chair of Multilaw Private Client Trust and Family Law Practice Group; chair Co-operation Ireland Legal Committee; member of the American Bar Association (ABA); Collaborative Family Law (CFL) (founder member and chairman); Member British Ukrainian Law Association (BULA); member Resolution.


Coleraine Academical Institution, County Londonderry, Ireland; University of Essex (Law); College of Law, Chester.

London: Private client


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James Stewart - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Within: Family

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is particularly well-known for its work on complex high-net-worth financial cases. It has specialist expertise in acting for trust companies, family offices and other third parties that are either joined or obliged to intervene in financial remedy applications. Through Jane Craig the team also boasts considerable skill in advising on the issues facing cohabitants and can advise on cohabitation agreements, property ownership and children issues. The team is also recommended for its work on cross-border disputes involving children and has recently noticed an increased amount of work on cases involving the international relocation of children. James Stewart is also well regarded and Elizabeth Carson was promoted to the partnership.

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