James advises individuals, families and trustees on estate and succession planning, asset protection, philanthropic and charitable structures. He is particularly recognised for his expertise in art and heritage law.
James advises clients on a broad range of personal tax, trusts and succession planning issues, and his expertise extends to Court of Protection matters and attorneyship. He regularly acts for clients setting up philanthropic and charitable structures. He has considerable experience advising on the legal issues linked to high-value art and heritage assets, including how these assets are treated in tax planning, as well as the sale, financing, purchase and export of high-value artworks. Many of his clients have complex needs and he collaborates with colleagues across the firm, bringing together specialist expertise to find clients the solutions they need.
James is regularly invited to speak at leading sector conferences and events. He is an honorary legal trustee for several charities. In addition to being a member of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM), he is also a member of both the International Bar Association and the Charity Law Association. For many years, he was a member of the STEP Philanthropy special interest group.
James qualified as a solicitor in 1996.