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Family Law Week's Weekly Podcast

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 [2002] EWCA Civ 45, Re AI and MT [2013] EWHC 100 (Fam) and AG v VD [2021] 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