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James Stewart

Penningtons Manches

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‘Everyone wants a good divorce, but often a good divorce is quite difficult to achieve. It also has to be a fair divorce,’ says James Stewart, partner and co-head of wealth at Penningtons Manches (including the family, immigration, and tax and trust departments). The experienced Stewart says the demand for out-of-court solutions has ‘risen exponentially’ in recent times. ‘It’s important for clients to get advice on the best process for their individual case. Twenty years ago you had two choices: either a round-table approach or court resolution. Now you can get things like mediation and arbitration. It’s worth considering all the options.’ Stewart has seen the firm’s Russian and US offerings expand with the promotion of Elizabeth Carson to head of the department’s US desk. ‘Any family lawyer in England worth his or her salt needs to have a strong understanding of international family law, and a good international, multilingual team behind them,’ he says. In terms of a working mantra, the Irishman says he doesn’t have anything pithy: ‘I just believe in putting the clients’ interests before all else. Our area of the law attracts quite a lot of publicity and family lawyers need to avoid putting their own egos before anything else.’