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Ruth James, Partner at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Ruth is a partner in the family team specialising in financial matters and disputes relating to arrangements for children. Acting for both married and unmarried clients, she regularly advises on cases involving international elements and complex financial arrangements. 

She qualified at a leading London firm in 2002 and was made a partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper at the start of 2012. As a member of Resolution and a trained collaborative lawyer, Ruth is widely acknowledged as a practitioner who combines technical and strategic expertise with a constructive approach to resolving issues for her clients.

Ruth is ranked as a Tier One family law practitioner in Chambers UK, confirming her reputation as one of the leading family law experts in the region. The legal directories describe Ruth as ‘highly impressive and a pleasure to work with: meticulous in her preparation of cases with very strong client-care skills’ and refer to ‘her intellect and calm demeanour’ and ability to inspire ‘great confidence in her clients’.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting on cases involving assets in Australia, America, France, South Africa and Malta.
  • Working on a collaborative law basis to assist clients in reaching rounded solutions for their families.
  • Advising on Children Act cases involving relocation/addiction.

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