James Carleton


James Carleton

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  • Chambers UK, 2016
  • Legal 500, 2015


Trainee and Solicitor, Farrer & Co, 1994-2003; Partner, Farrer & Co, 2003-


St Catharine's College, Cambridge (MA); College of Law, London


International Bar Association; Charity Law Association; Land Trusts Association; STEP Philanthropy Special Interest Group; Honorary legal trustee for several charities

Recommended by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Legal Experts for art & heritage and charities work

James has a diverse client base that includes advising individuals, family offices and executors on personal tax, trusts and succession planning (including Court of Protection and attorneyship). He has particular expertise in art transactions and heritage matters as well as setting up philanthropic and charitable structures.

He advises on the treatment of high value art works in tax planning and heritage taxation strategies as well as the sale, financing, purchase and export of high value artworks by family offices, private banks and art dealers.

What Chambers High Net Worth Guide says:

A "well-regarded" lawyer who principally acts for art dealers, banks, international families and charitable organisations.

"I think he is brilliant. I like him very much, he is very sharp."


Who we help

James advises a number of institutional charities with a broad based investment portfolio including commercial property, artworks and archives. He also works with a number of family offices, accountants and individuals on the structuring of private philanthropy vehicles.

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James acts for private and institutional landowners on a variety of matters including succession, conditional exemption and asset protection.

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