Stephen Jarmain

“A very thorough junior whose preparation is second to none. He has an excellent client manner and is a delight to work with. He’s very bright and always approachable.” Chambers and Partners 2017

Recommended as a Leading Individual in the Chambers and Partners directory, Stephen maintains a deliberately broad practice focusing on family finance and private law matters concerning children. Stephen has expertise in dealing with the international elements of family law, including issues such as child abduction, relocation and cross-border enforcement and has an interest in the developing area of surrogacy law. He also has experience with high profile work involving national and international news coverage.

Stephen has advised clients in proceedings in all levels of court, up to and including the Supreme Court. Stephen has also spent time working with family law attorneys in the jurisdiction of Texas, USA, dealing with a variety of international issues. In the family finance element of his practice, Stephen has dealt with cases where the assets have been located in a variety of jurisdictions as well as those involving disputed valuations of businesses and pension assets. In matters relating to children, Stephen has represented parents and children in cases involving domestic and international relocation, child abduction and those in which there are allegations of sexual, physical and substance abuse.

Legal Directory Quotes

Stephen is “absolutely superb, very talented, very conscientious and highly knowledgeable.” Chambers and Partners 2018 Edition

Stephen is “A very thorough junior whose preparation is second to none. He has an excellent client manner and is a delight to work with. He’s very bright and always approachable.” Chambers and Partners 2017 Edition

Stephen “Has an understated manner, which belies his effectiveness inside and outside the courtroom. He was most vividly described by one observer as a “silent assassin”. He maintains a broad-based private matrimonial law practice.” Expertise: “He is absolutely excellent. All his skills far surpass his call. His knowledge is extremely varied, his documents are first-rate and you can see the amount of work that goes into them. He goes more than the extra mile.” Chambers and Partners 2016 Edition

Stephen “Manages both complex private law children matters as well as substantial financial disputes. He is good on cross-border cases pertaining to child abduction as well as matrimonial finance cases, and also has particular expertise in human rights law.” Expertise: “Extremely well prepared, very approachable, and impressive to clients.” “A clever chap who is meticulous and well prepared. He’s one of the rising stars.” Chambers and Partners 2015 Edition

Stephen “has an excellent and broad-ranging family law practice, with particular focus on private law work involving children and matrimonial finance issues.” Expertise: “he is very calm, he always prepares thoroughly and he has an excellent rapport with clients.” Chambers and Partners 2014 Edition

“Stephen Jarmain “offers good, realistic advice and finds creative solutions to problems,” say sources. His broad family law practice takes in family finance and private law children matters. One instructing solicitor remarked that “he is very dedicated and passionate about his work, which makes him great to work with.” Chambers and Partners, 2013 Edition

“Stephen Jarmain is described as “an extremely sharp-minded, calm advocate.” Chambers and Partners, 2012 Edition

Reported Cases

  • Re D (a child) (No 2) (recognition and enforcement of judgment: Supreme Court jurisdiction) [2016] 4 All ER 95 – Supreme Court appeal concerning the voice of the child and the jurisdiction of the court to entertain appeals from the Court of Appeal under Brussels IIR.
  • Re C (Internal Relocation) [2017] 1 FLR 103– the leading Court of Appeal authority on cases involving a relocation within the United Kingdom.
  • Re OB (Private Law Proceedings: Costs) [2016] 1 FLR 92– the first reported case in which costs were awarded against a non-party in a private law case. Stephen represented the father, PB, who succeeded in his application for costs on the basis of principles drawn from wider civil jurisprudence.
  • Re S and O (Temporary Removal from Jurisdiction) [2009] Fam Law 114– case concerning a novel technique for securing the safe return of two children from a non-Hague Convention country.

Degrees and other qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2002
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 2004
  • Blackstone Entrance Exhibition Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2005
  • Practice Diploma in International Human Rights Law and Practice, 2008

Professional associations

  • Member Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)


Stephen has contributed to a variety of legal texts and websites, including:
• Along with Janet Bazley QC, Stephen co-authored the family law chapters of “Cases That Shook the World”;
• Stephen authored the Procedure section of “Applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989”.;
• Stephen has contributed to the Family Law Journal and other publications on matters of domestic and international family law;
• Stephen’s articles and case summaries concerning ongoing developments in domestic and international family law have been published on the website.

Seminars and Lectures

Stephen has chaired and delivered seminars both domestically and abroad concerning developments and issues in family law. He has lectured solicitors, Resolution members and foreign attorneys and judges on a variety family law issues.

Personal, including interests

Stephen has a keen interest in foreign culture and has travelled widely, particularly within Asia and the Americas. When at home, Stephen’s main hobby is football, both playing and watching, and he is a qualified Football Association referee.