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James Myatt

Director of Family & Relationships; Head of Personal Legal Services

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Mobile contact number: 07387 288628

James Myatt is a Director, Head of the Family Department and Head of Personal Legal Services, based in the Bristol office. James has over 40 years of experience in Family Private Client Law.

James specialises in complex and high value asset cases including those involving farms and pensions. He acts for business people, entrepreneurs, farming and landed clients, professionals, and their spouses or partners. James is also involved in pre- and post-nuptial agreements and in wealth planning.

James is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in family finance cases involving large/complex assets and cases involving pensions.

Known for his expert knowledge, sympathetic manner, tough negotiating and pragmatic approach, Chambers & Partners 2021 recognised his prowess as a trained collaborative family lawyer. Clients praise his “encyclopedic knowledge,” adding: “He fights the client’s corner.”  

Examples of work James specialises in:

  • Acting for a company director with properties in a number of international jurisdictions and very great wealth. Dealing with proceedings in different jurisdictions. Advising on settlement at an early stage which proved to be very close to the final terms.
  • Acting for the wife of a farmer in a high value divorce. Working through challenges presented by the husband’s family to achieve a good outcome for the wife.
  • Acting for a foreign national to avoid the cancellation of a foreign pre-nuptial agreement, enabling the client to preserve more of their wealth.
  • Acting for the wife in a complex multi-pension case involving both defined benefit (final salary) pensions and defined contribution (personal) pensions. Ascertaining the “true” value of all the pensions. Securing an appropriate share for the wife taking into account the different benefits under the schemes.

“From the first phone call I felt I was in safe hands. My complex divorce was dealt with compassion and honesty.

When it felt like my world was crashing in around me GL was there as my constant expert, giving sensible and reasonable counsel.”

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