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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, James Freeman, London, ENGLAND

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James Freeman

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family, private wealth.


James advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown, specialising in difficult or complex cases. These may involve international issues, offshore assets and trusts, business interests or hidden assets, and the construction of sophisticated financial settlements. He also advises trustees in relation to divorce proceedings and cohabitation law. James has considerable experience of cross-border work, in particular Anglo-French cases. He is also experienced in pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, both international and domestic. He is committed to resolving disputes in a constructive way wherever possible and to that end is a Resolution-trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. Experience: acted for a highly successful businessman in his divorce – the marital assets, which were valued at many millions of pounds, included several properties, extensively valuable antiques and other chattels, pensions, and both listed and unlisted shares; acted in divorce proceedings for a client whose husband had established trusts in foreign jurisdictions containing assets of great value, including land, business assets and investment portfolios; acted in stay proceedings for a high-net-worth individual whose spouse had issued divorce proceedings in England – a non-EU jurisdiction was more appropriate in the circumstances of the case; acted for a high-net-worth individual in the conclusion of a post-nuptial agreement designed to deal with the financial consequences of a possible divorce, enabling the parties to focus on trying to save the marriage.


Fellow International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; member Franco-British Lawyers Society.

London: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

James Freeman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Family

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is headed by the ‘calm and fiercely intelligent’ Sarah Higgins. William Longrigg  has a ‘very high profile in the international family law world and attracts some very large cases’. James Freeman  ‘fights his clientscases with skill and expertise and is totally solution-focused’. Miranda Fisher  acts for HNWIs from overseas as well as a number of Premiership footballers. The ‘very calm' James Riby has a ’good head for figures’. Sarah Anticoni has a ‘great reputation’ and the ‘dynamic and clever’ Jamie Kennaugh is a newly promoted partner. Senior associate Joshua Green  is ‘extremely hardworking and is a rising star’. The team has particular expertise in the sports and media sectors and regularly acts for actors, musicians and other media and sports stars. Victoria Francis has left the firm.

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