Prof. James Stewart MCIArb

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

125 Wood Street


International Family Lawyer and co-head of the Private Wealth Sector at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Visiting Professor at Ulster University. General Editor of the ‘Blue Book’ (Family Law: A Global Guide, Thomson Reuters 2024), the seminal comparative guide to international family law. James is the recipient of a number of industry awards including Chambers High Net Worth ‘Family Partner of the Year’ 2018 and Citywealth ‘Family Lawyer of the Year’ 2023. Admitted in England & Wales (1990) and in Northern Ireland (2012). IAFL Fellow (2005). Former IAFL Governor and Parliamentarian. James is a family arbitrator, a collaborative lawyer and one of a small group of leading family lawyers, KCs and senior judges who serve on the family law consultation board of Practical Law. Top-ranked in Chambers HNW (Band 1), Chambers UK (Band 1), Spears 500 (Top Recommended) and the Legal 500 (Hall of Fame). Described in Spear’s Magazine as ’one of the most visible faces in UK family law’. James chairs the Annual Legal Dinner, one of the social highlights of London’s legal calendar and which raises significant funds peace building causes in Ireland.

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Areas: Appeals, Arbitration, Child Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Property Division, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Finance: Capital Provision, Finance: Insolvency, Finance: Pensions/Superannuation/Retirement and Employment Benefits, Finance: Property Issues, Finance: Taxation, Finance: Trusts, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Same Sex Partnerships, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony, Succession Law

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