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James Ferguson

Boodle Hatfield Portraits 2012

Partner
Head of Family

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Boodle Hatfield Portraits 2012

James specialises in family law dealing with all matters arising from the breakdown of a marriage/relationship.

His legal specialisations include: separation and divorce, civil partnership dissolution, financial proceedings, children, and pre-marital pre-civil partnership and separation agreements.

Track Record

Acting with Harriet Errington and Katie Male for the wife in the case of KA v MA (prenuptial agreement: needs) [2018] EWHC 499 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 92 (Apr) concerning the extent to which a court should uphold the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement which the wife sought to disregard. Taking into account all of the circumstances of the case the court largely overturned the pre-nuptial agreement, on the basis that it failed to meet the wife’s reasonable needs, and provided the wife with an award of £2.73 million, well in excess of the provision in the pre-nuptial agreement

Acting for the HNW fund manager husband in his financial remedy proceedings following his divorce (B v B (2013) EWHC 1232 (Fam)in a two week trial in the High Court, which is now the lead authority on how valuable private equity funds are to be treated in HNW financial remedy proceedings following a divorce

Acting for Mr Don Gallagher, a male civil partner in the case of Lawrence v Gallagher [2012] EWCA Civ 394 which was the first civil partnership financial relief case to reach the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal. The case was widely reported in the media, being the first of its kind

Awards & Rankings

Chambers HNW, Ranked Individual, 2017 – 2021

Spear’s 500, Top Recommended Family Lawyers, 2019 – 2021

Legal 500, Leading Individual, 2018, 2020 – 2021

Tatler HNW Address Book 2020, Specialist in Family Law and Founding Partner

Chambers UK, Ranked Individual, 2017 – 2020

Spear’s Family Lawyers, Distinguished Individual, 2018

Education & Qualification

University of Nottingham

Qualified as a solicitor in 1983

Acting with Harriet Errington and Katie Male for the wife in the case of KA v MA (prenuptial agreement: needs) [2018] EWHC 499 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 92 (Apr) concerning the extent to which a court should uphold the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement which the wife sought to disregard. Taking into account all of the circumstances of the case the court largely overturned the pre-nuptial agreement, on the basis that it failed to meet the wife’s reasonable needs, and provided the wife with an award of £2.73 million, well in excess of the provision in the pre-nuptial agreement

Acting for the HNW fund manager husband in his financial remedy proceedings following his divorce (B v B (2013) EWHC 1232 (Fam)in a two week trial in the High Court, which is now the lead authority on how valuable private equity funds are to be treated in HNW financial remedy proceedings following a divorce

Acting for Mr Don Gallagher, a male civil partner in the case of Lawrence v Gallagher [2012] EWCA Civ 394 which was the first civil partnership financial relief case to reach the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal. The case was widely reported in the media, being the first of its kind

Chambers HNW, Ranked Individual, 2017 – 2021

Spear’s 500, Top Recommended Family Lawyers, 2019 – 2021

Legal 500, Leading Individual, 2018, 2020 – 2021

Tatler HNW Address Book 2020, Specialist in Family Law and Founding Partner

Chambers UK, Ranked Individual, 2017 – 2020

Spear’s Family Lawyers, Distinguished Individual, 2018

University of Nottingham

Qualified as a solicitor in 1983