James R Brown
James is a partner and expert in family law at JMW Solicitors.

He specialises in divorce cases involving complex financial issues and has acted for and advised a wide range of clients from teachers, doctors and lawyers through to celebrities and businessmen with personal wealth of over £50 million.

James is a Resolution-accredited specialist in complex financial cases and children law and has been published in various legal and non-legal publications including the Daily Telegraph, Accountancy Magazine, New Law Journal, The Solicitor’s Gazette, Cheshire Life and Insider. He also gives regular lectures to fellow lawyers and other professionals.

He is named as a Leading Expert in the independent directory Chambers and Partners.
He trained and worked at leading London family-law firm Manches LLP before returning to his home city of Manchester in 2007 to join Pannone. He joined JMW Solicitors in November 2011.

Entries by James R Brown

Same-Sex, Different Gender: How Women Are Driving Formal Gay Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (15:24)

The last decade has been a momentous one for gay rights campaigners.

Having long demanded the opportunity to put their relationships on the same footing as heterosexual couples, their efforts resulted in the Civil Partnerships Act, which received Royal Assent in November 2004 and led to the first same-sex couples...

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When 'Girl Power' Marriages Lose Their Spark

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (16:46)

The rise of the female professional long preceded the first appearance by The Spice Girls on the UK's music charts.

For many, though, the tipping point at which women were recognised as breaking through the glass ceiling arguably only came when the phrase 'Girl Power' coined by the popular girl...

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Common Law Marriage: A Dangerous and Pervasive Myth

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2014 | (16:56)

Top family judge Sir James Munby made headlines recently by calling for a cohabitation law to protect women in unmarried couples.

For those of us who have seen the urgent need for change in this area, this sounds like a big step in the right direction. However, a similar recommendation...

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Why the Government's Divorce Reforms Will Lead to More Prolonged and Costly Separations

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (08:57)

The Children and Families Act, which became law on 22nd April, contains some laudable new approaches to family justice, such as a 26-week cap on care proceedings which should lead to quicker outcomes for cases involving children.

However, the package of reforms has a sting in its tail for divorcing...

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Fewer Young Marriages Are Breaking Down, But the Millions Who Choose Not to Marry Are a Cause for Concern

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (09:36)

Divorce rates for young marriages are at a 30-year low, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. The number of couples breaking up in the first seven years after getting hitched has been steadily decreasing ever since it peaked in 1988 and is now 25 per...

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Wedding Vows 2014 - 'Til Debt Us Do Part

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (16:05)

Most infatuated couples on their wedding day make the promise to each other that 'all I have I share with you'. In 2014, for a large number of couples, 'all that I owe' would be more apt.

According to government statistics, consumer debt has trebled in the last...

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Has the Seven-Year Itch Become the 11-Year Itch?

(4) Comments | Posted 1 October 2013 | (00:00)

Almost any married couple that has been together long enough will have heard the jokes about the seven-year-itch - the widespread idea that happiness in a relationship decreases after that period, and 'marital wanderlust' kicks in.

The term has been around for a long time, having been coined by the...

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Nigella's No-fuss Divorce Should Be an Example to Many Splitting Couples

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2013 | (14:47)

Celebrity divorces are typically characterized by drawn-out battles over who gets to keep which assets - with lurid details about transgressions often flying backwards and forwards.

This time-consuming and expensive process bears little relation to the experience most people go through, in which the parties...

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Landmark Divorce Ruling Doesn't Tackle 'Cheat's Charter'

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2013 | (18:24)

This week the UK Supreme Court upheld an appeal by the wife of an oil tycoon, arguing that a number of properties owned by her husband's company should be included in their divorce settlement.

The case (Prest v Petrodel) drew much interest, not only because of the big money...

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The Hobbies That Can Hamper Fair Divorce Settlements

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (14:15)

There is endless debate, both in legal circles and the media, about whether the rules of thumb family judges use to determine settlements result in fair settlements for both parties as often as they should.

One of the main difficulties for those tasked with imposing settlements on couples who struggle...

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