James has been noted by Chambers and Partners UK (2018) for his extensive experience advising a range of clients on private client law. In the 2017 edition, he is described as a “Leader in his field.” Their independent source comments that James is a “very well-regarded estate planning partner”, who is acclaimed for his “deep knowledge” of UK and international trusts and estates matters. Commentators appreciate his management of deeply personal cases, remarking that he “navigates with great sensitivity balanced with business acumen, making sure to get the economics and the law right.” The Legal 500 UK Directory describes James as a solicitor with “expertise in estate planning, trusts and tax planning, [who] acts for a range of high-worth families and non-UK individuals.”
James is an expert on estate planning for families with a particular interest in tax planning for non-UK domiciled individuals who have a tax exposure here either through UK residence or through ownership of UK assets.
He heads the firm’s private client services which includes protecting wealth as assets, probate and estate administration, elderly and incapacity and inheritance and trust disputes.
He is also a member of the firm’s Agriculture and Rural team advising farm and landed estate owners on lifetime issues such as the most tax efficient business ownership structures as well as succession and trust planning.
His specialisms include: