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
Member Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
Member International Society of Family Law (ISFL)
Recommended as a Leading Individual in the Chambers and Partners 2013 directory, Stephen is a family law specialist. His practice encompasses all areas of family law work, with an emphasis on family finance cases 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. 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, including the Court of Appeal. 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 various jurisdictions and those involving disputed valuations of businesses and pension assets. In matters relating to children, Stephen has represented parents and children in cases involving international relocation, child abduction, and matters such as allegations of sexual, physical or substance abuse.
Legal Directory Quotes
"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 applauded as one of [1 Garden Court]’s most promising prospects. He has already appeared in the High Court, and is described as "an extremely sharp-minded, calm advocate." Chambers and Partners, 2012 Edition
Re S and O (Temporary Removal from Jurisdiction)  Fam Law 114 - reported case concerning a novel technique for securing the safe return of two children from a non-Hague Convention country.
Stephen is a regular contributor to the family law edition of “Key Authorities” as well as the familylawweek.co.uk website, writing about ongoing developments in domestic and international family law. Along with Janet Bazley QC, Stephen co-authored the family law chapters of “Cases That Shook the World”, and authored the Procedure section of 1 Garden Court’s “Applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989”. He has also contributed to the Family Law Journal and the 1 Garden Court newsletter on matters of domestic and international family law
Seminars and Lectures
Stephen has chaired and delivered seminars both domestically and internationally concerning developments and issues in family law. He has lectured to Resolution members and has presented to foreign attorneys and judges on cross-border family law issues, including:
“Boots & Wigs: a Comparison of Texas and English Family Law”, Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court, 2011
“Bankruptcy: An English Family Law perspective”, Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 2011
“Cross-border Issues between the US and the UK & Europe”, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, 2011
"Texas Marital Property Law 101", FLBA, Conference, Cumberland Lodge, May 2012
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. Stephen also enjoys a range of musical pursuits, and is proficient at both the saxophone and electronic organ.