A pure joy to work with. He is one of the stand-out private client lawyers on the island. Legal 500 UK, 2022

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.
  • Background & experience

    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.

    James also advises on regulatory matters involving trust company business and has an interest and experience in Sharia compliant fiduciary structures.

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

    In addition, James will consider utilising over 20 years' experience in advising trustees and high-net families on non-contentious trust matters, family governance and avoiding trust disputes to act as a protector on family trusts when requested by Ogier clients to do so.

    Industry Focus

    • Co-author of "Guidelines for Jersey Directors" published by the IoD
    • Author of "Asset protection trusts – why the recent interest?" published in the 2019 STEP Journal
    • Author of "Avoiding rags to riches in three generations: family governance in the Middle East" published in the Middle East 2019 report for eprivateclient
    • Author of "Jersey launches international savings plan for overseas employees", published by International Investment in 2019
    • Author of "Jersey amends trust law to stay ahead of the competition", published by Citywealth in 2018
    • Author of "Safe Harbour - whether global political instability is driving new structuring in Jersey", published in the December 2018 STEP Journal
    • Author of "Demand for bespoke structuring popular amongst ultra-wealthy", published in 2017 by Campden FB
    • Author of "Bespoke structuring gains momentum" published by Wealthbriefing in 2017
    • Author of "In the Spotlight: trends within the international private client space" published by Global Legal Post in 2017
    • Author of "The Beneficial Ownership Register in Jersey Explained" published by IFC Review
    • 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). James is an International Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

    Admitted in:
    2002 - Jersey
    1997 - England and Wales

     

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  • Recognition

    A pure joy to work with. He is one of the stand-out private client lawyers on the island. Legal 500 UK, 2022
    Very helpful and is one of the thought leaders in trust law. Chambers UK, 2022
    James Campbell is a highly respected lawyer in Jersey with a good understanding of the Middle East. Chambers UK, 2022
    He is very approachable, collaborative and commercial. He provides well-balanced advice and guides clients seamlessly through tricky situations. Legal 500 UK, 2022
    Leading Individual Legal 500 UK, 2022
    An absolute star – very knowledgeable and easy to work with on a variety of estate planning affairs. Legal 500 UK, 2021
    A highly respected lawyer here in Jersey with a good understanding of the Middle East. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2021
    He is very good to deal with. He thinks commercially, he is personable and he is very knowledgeable. Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2021
    A good, commercial lawyer who is very practical. Chambers UK, Trusts, 2021
    Private Client Global Elite Legal Week Private Client Global Elite Directory, 2021
    He understands the subject well and is good on trust law while also being very client-friendly and giving good, practical advice. Chambers UK, 2020
    James is very pragmatic, sensible and a nice guy to deal with. He has a good reputation and has a strong legal and trust background. Chambers and Partners, HNW Directory, 2020
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Private Client Global Elite Legal Week Private Client Global Elite Directory, 2019
    James's strengths are his ability to cut through technical jargon and provide clear and concise advice. Chambers UK, 2019
    The best private client lawyer on the island Legal 500 UK, 2019
    James gives very thorough and detailed advice – he is proactive and very easy to deal with and ensures that the advice given is completely understood and always meets deadlines Citywealth Leaders List 2019
    James is an excellent private client and trust practitioner, he is experienced, pragmatic and finds a way to adopt a solution for even the most complex situations Citywealth Leaders List 2019
    He has an excellent sense of perspective and really stands out as a shining light. Chambers and Partners HNW Directory, 2018
    Very responsive, engaged and pragmatic. Chambers UK, 2018
    James is clear thinking, pragmatic and very knowledgeable with a deep understanding, in particular, of the issues facing trustees - all essential in a legal adviser to fiduciary & private client businesses Citywealth Leaders List 2018
    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