James Davies Senior Associate - Family Law - Thames Valley

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“You have been so incredibly supportive and generous throughout…words cannot adequately express my gratitude to you and the relief I have felt to have you as my solicitor.”

Ms A, Argyll May 2019

“James Davies's practice encompasses matrimonial finance, children work and TOLATA claims. Clients praise him as 'clear, concise, resourceful and meticulous' and commend his 'ability to see through the fog.'”

Chambers and Partners

James is an experienced family lawyer who often acts in cases of high net value or complexity.  He represents all parties experiencing relationship breakdown.

Main areas of practice 

James has specialised in family law since qualification in 2002 and practises primarily in the fields of divorce and financial matters consequent upon divorce. These have often included issues of variation, pension sharing (including armed forces pensions), maintenance and capitalisation and enforcement of such orders.  His cases are frequently of significant value.  He additionally acts in cases of unmarried families and is adept at dealing with cohabitation disputes including under TOLATA and Schedule 1 Children Act.  

He also acts in disputes regarding children and their arrangements, including those of complexity or with international issues such as permission to relocate the children's home or abduction.


James acts for all individuals including the owners of owner-managed businesses, company directors, senior executives, members of the professions, those in niche industries and on occasion he has acted for the Official Solicitor. 

Significant experience 

  • James has over 15 years' experience in this area and resolves cases through a host of methods including court proceedings, advising during the mediation process, non-court negotiation and round table meetings.
  • He has experience in all types of cases, including farms, family businesses and those involving complex assets such as trust and corporate structures, including offshore.
  • He regularly acts in cases of complexity and/or significant wealth and income.

Other expertise

James is accredited by Resolution, the leading family law organisation, as an accredited specialist in Cohabitation.  He is the only solicitor in Oxford to hold this accreditation.  He is similarly accredited by Resolution as a specialist in complex high value divorce cases, the only other solicitor in Oxford who holds this accreditation being Catherine Morgan of this firm. 

“Combine(s) encyclopaedic knowledge of the law with real tenacity”

The Legal 500


James ’s Blog

How do you solve a problem like Civil Partnerships?

The Prime Minister today has announced that the government will legislate to extend Civil Partnerships to heterosexual couples. So what does this mean?

For richer, for poorer…even after divorce?

Can a payer of maintenance be forced to subsidise the recipient's financial mistakes?

Tying the knot in 2018

If like a certain Prince you are fast approaching a special day in 2018, you may have spent the last few months planning every little detail. Although not as exciting, what should be added to your wedding checklist is reviewing or making your Will.

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