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James Maguire

Managing Director & Family Law Solicitor

‘James Maguire is a superb lawyer and a superb leader. He is calm, balanced, likeable,
and caring for his staff. Experienced and a good figurehead…… extremely knowledgeable,
approachable and very helpful in all matters. He is always clear, calm and reassuring
which is critical in this area. James Maguire is very level-headed and inspires confidence.’
Legal 500, 2020

Distinctions / Professional Memberships

    • Solicitor (England & Wales), qualified 1995
    • California Bar Exam, 2008
    • Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Foreign & Commonwealth Office panel
    • International Committee of Resolution (former Member)
    • Foreign embassy panels (including US Embassy and Canadian High Commission)
    • British Consulates overseas (various)
    • Law Society Child Abduction Panel
    • Member of Reunite (International Child abduction Centre)
    • Shortlisted for Business Person of the Year at the Macclesfield & Wilmslow Business Awards 2012
    • Winner Macclesfield and Wilmslow Business Awards 2013

Reported Cases

Articles Published

    • “International Contact Arrangements: Maximum Security Measures” October 2005, FLJ
    • “Til Death Us Do Part: Inheritance Claims and the Short Marriage” May [2006] Fam Law 374
    • “International Relocation of Children: American and English Approaches” June [2006] IFL 77
    • “Brussels II Revised: Recent Developments” – June [2007] Fam Law 517


James is recommended as an expert in his field within Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 directories:

James Maguire is a superb lawyer and a superb leader. He is calm, balanced, likeable, and caring for his staff. James is very experienced and a good figurehead. He is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and very helpful in all matters. He is always clear, calm and reassuring which is critical in this area. James is level headed and inspires confidence.
Source: Legal 500 2020

Firm founder and managing director James Maguire is a respected family practitioner with experience in both children matters and matrimonial finance. Sources praise his “good tactical sense” and is also praised for his “wealth of knowledge” in this area.
Source: Chambers & Partners 2019/20

James Maguire is ‘extraordinarily clever on financial remedy divorce work, international financial divorce work, child law and international child law’.
Source: Legal 500 2018/19

Head of department James Maguire is singled out for his ability to handle complex international children matters as well as high net worth financial issues arising from divorces or separations.
Source: Chambers & Partners 2018/19

Headed by the ‘pragmatic’ James Maguire, Maguire family Law is a niche firm that handles a wide range of high-value and complex international work, including child abduction/relocation cases, matters where there are substantial offshore assets, and on the enforcement of foreign orders.
Source: Legal 500 2017/18

James Maguire is highly thought of in the market, with one commentator saying: “he is outstanding.  His preparation is meticulous.  He is always prepared to reach a sensible settlement on behalf of his client, but is thoroughly prepared for a contest if that is not available”.  He advises on international family issues, including cross-border asset division and divorce jurisdiction disputes.
Source: Chambers & Partners 2016/17

James Maguire stands out for international child law matters and for financial ancillary relief.  The “extraordinarily clever” James Maguire is recommended.
Source: Legal 500 2016/17

‘”Well-respected” director James Maguire advises clients on an impressive range of domestic and cross-border family law matters, including Children Act proceedings and financial remedy cases. He is commended for his “calming and level-headed” approach.’
Source: Chambers & Partners 2015/2016

‘Niche firm James Maguire & Co is ‘thoroughly well prepared and easy to work with’. James Maguire ‘is a real details man, and has a calm presence that works very well with clients’’.
Source: Legal 500 2015/2016

‘James Maguire has an excellent reputation in the areas of international divorce law and child abduction, and sits on the Law Society’s child abduction panel. Sources say he has “a gentlemanly manner coupled with a steely determination to press for the best outcome”‘.
Source: Chambers & Partners 2014/2015

‘James Maguire & Co specialises in family law and is noted for its international expertise. With ‘a discreet manner which is both loved by clients and very effective’, James Maguire ‘heads a formidable team’.
Source: Legal 500 2014/2015

The “excellent” James Maguire of James Maguire & Co has, according to peers, “become one of the leading international child law and international financial relief solicitors in England”.  He is seen as a standout lawyer in the region, practising in both complex children matters and financial proceedings.”
Source: Chambers & Partners 2013/14

James himself is described as “skilled, articulate and dedicated”.
Source: Legal 500 2013/14

James Maguire is a perfectionist, with warmth, intellectuality, perception and verve. He acts for medium to high net worth individuals, and specialises in cases with an international dimension.
Source: Legal 500 2011/12

James Maguire left DWF to establish James Maguire & Co. His practice is international in scope and he is regularly instructed in international child abduction and cross-jurisdictional ancillary relief cases. Sources admire his collaborative approach to complex matters.
Source: Chambers & Partners 2010/11 and 2011/12

James Maguire is highly recommended for both complex financial divorce and matrimonial work, and children work. ‘One of the country’s leading family solicitors‘, he is noted for his experience in ‘relocation cases involving children into England and out of England‘.
Source: Legal 500 2009/10

James Maguire is building a reputation for cross-jurisdictional work.
Source: Chambers & Partners 2009/10

The “sensible and thoughtful” James Maguire “is a detail man – he will spend a lot of time studying the ins and outs of a case.” His remarkable knowledge of international child law wins considerable praise.
Source: Chambers & Partners 2008/09


Best things in life: my children; the sun, holidays, being outdoors, a glass of wine or two on a Friday evening, golf (on a good day), football (on any day), IT (but can also be the worst thing), music, films, family, friends, and laughter; and that productive feeling that only comes with mowing the lawn! Photography has become a real passion. Take a look here.

Contact details

For advice or an informal chat please contact James Maguire by telephone +44 (0) 1625 544 650 or by email james.maguire@family-law.co.uk