Friday 17th October, 2014
10:45am to 11:15am
Solicitor, collaborative lawyer, arbitrator, mediator & Board member Resolution bio from LinkedIn
As a leader for positive change in family law, James was instrumental in the arrival of collaborative practice in Europe during 2003 and is a Resolution collaborative specialist. He led Resolution's programme, 'Parenting after Parting', to heighten lawyers' awareness of positive co-parenting.
James was one of the first tranche of family lawyers and judges to train as a family arbitrator. As a member of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators James is able to arbitrate financial disputes in family cases. He has been involved with a number of arbitrations, including the matter reported as S v S  EWHC7 (Fam).
In 2014 James was named winner of the John Cornwell award which recognises members of Resolution, the family lawyers group, who have gone above and beyond the norm in their work to support separating families. He has also been shortlisted in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2014 for the award Gazette Legal Personality of the Year and in the Family Law Awards 2014 for the Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Family Law.
Recognised internationally in family law, James was voted onto the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in 2005.
James is a Resolution Accredited Specialist (cohabitation, complex financial and property matters and financial arrangements for children). He is co-author of Resolution's three textbooks on financial provision for children, ADR and The Child Support Agency. He sets the accreditation paper on children's finance, is a contributor to Resolution's matrimonial consent orders and co-wrote and edited Sweet and Maxwell's cohabitation law and precedents publication. As a specialist in child maintenance, James appeared before the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee to talk about the practical impact of the introduction of the new Child Maintenance Scheme.
11:15am Plenary session - Dr Miriam Silver by Dr Miriam Silver
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