Very commercial, practical and pragmatic Chambers UK 2017

Overview

James has extensive experience advising professional trustees, family offices, intermediaries and high-net worth families (both internationally and locally) on all aspects of Jersey trusts, foundations and estate planning together with all related company and commercial law issues.
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  • Background

    James has extensive experience advising professional trustees, family offices, intermediaries and high-net worth families (both internationally and locally) on all aspects of Jersey trusts, foundations and estate planning together with all related company and commercial law issues.

    James frequently advises on the establishment, ongoing operation and restructuring of both private and commercial trusts. He has a particular focus on the drafting of trust instruments, supplemental trust deeds and the establishment and use of private trust companies.

    He also advises trustees, employers and other professionals on a wide range of Jersey employee benefit and pension related matters.

    Industry Focus

    • Co-author of "Guidelines for Jersey Directors" published by the IoD
    • Author of "The importance of prudence and trustee investment duties" published in The Journal of International Tax, Trust and Corporate Planning
    • A speaker at the Anti-Money Laundering, Financial Crime and Sanctions Conference in May 2016 with James focusing on the impact of sanctions on private wealth structures
    • A panellist at the "Jersey Finance Annual Private Client Conference" on "plotting a route" in May 2015 with James focusing on Jersey's core strengths in private client structuring
    • A judge for the WealthBriefing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016
    • Co-author of article "The Middle East: Bespoke Structuring on the rise" published in eprivateclient December 2015

    The leading directories recognise James' expertise, and clients have described him as "a top notch lawyer with an excellent grasp of cross-border issues" and that "he provides coherent, competent, concise and clear advice on what can be extremely technical issues". James is recognised as a leading individual in the latest editions of Legal 500 and Chambers. Private Client Practitioner has recognised James in their 50 Most Influential list.

    Before joining Ogier in May 2017 James was a partner in the trusts group of another law firm in Jersey specialising in international private client work.

    James is an English Solicitor, an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey, and a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

     

    Admitted in:
    2002 - Jersey

    1997 - England and Wales

     

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  • Recognition

    Very commercial, practical and pragmatic Chambers UK 2017
    Leader in their field Chambers UK 2017
    Leading individual Legal 500 2016
    is a top notch lawyer with an excellent grasp of cross-border issues Legal 500 2016
    Top most 50 influential Private Client Practitioner 2016
    James is excellent technically but above all else is commercial so gets to the nub of the issue quickly and with the minimum fuss. His advice is always focused. Client feedback
    James always responds to enquiries on a timely basis and his advice is always accurate and well informed. Client feedback
    A hugely respected Jersey trust and company lawyer, James distinguishes himself from the mainstream by combining an authoritative knowledge of his field with the ability to provide his technical advice with a practical and commercial flair. Client feedback
    He demonstrates a true appreciation of his clients' fiduciary role, taking welcome care not only to understand the full context under which he is being engaged but also to ensure that his advice has been thoroughly understood by his client. Client feedback