Mar 5, 2021
James Stewart is known for his top-level work on international
financial matters. He is a fellow of the International Academy of
Family Lawyers and is on the Consultation Board of Practical Law.
He is a recognised expert in the field of Anglo-Russian family law,
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. James is a qualified solicitor in Northern
Ireland and a visiting Professor of Law at Ulster University.
James and Rachel discuss some of the most interesting cases of James’ career, including Clibbery v Allen  EWCA Civ 45, Re AI and MT  EWHC 100 (Fam) and AG v VD  EWFC 9. They also discuss his life and his career as a family lawyer more generally.
The case of Clibbery v Allen considered the balance between achieving confidentiality / privacy and open justice in family proceedings. The case of AI v MT considered the relationship between the civil and the religious courts in family proceedings. The recent case of AG v VD was a Part III case under the MFPA 1984 where the wife received a needs based award and where Cohen J made some timely comments about parties adhering to the requirements of PD 27A