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Farrer & Co | James McGlaughlin, Associate

Practice areas

  • Private Client Services

James advises clients from all over the world, including individuals, trustees and family offices, on a wide range of matters, such as tax and succession planning, mental capacity issues and cross-border probate and conflicts of private international law. He also helps families implement and maintain governance over their international assets across generations. 

James is an associate in the Private Client team. His daily work involves dealing with a wide range of clients and their teams of advisers in relation to tax planning, as well as the use of trusts and corporate structures for holding assets across multiple jurisdictions on a multi-generational basis. 

He advises on cross-border succession planning matters and liaises with advisers in countries around the world to ensure families plan as carefully and simply as possible, taking account of their international links. As part of this, he acts for a number of executors of estates which comprise complex (and often overseas) assets and give rise to conflicting systems of law. This work is supported by his membership of STEP's Cross-Border Estates Special Interest Group and by articles and presentations he has prepared in relation to the EU Succession Regulation (Brussels IV).

James enjoys both this breadth of work, but also the opportunity to work closely with individuals and families from around the world, each with different cultural, religious and familial sensitivities. 

James qualified as a solicitor in 2012.


  • James is a ful member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  James scored distinctions in his Certificates in Taxation of Trusts and Estates, Cross-Border Succession and Administration of Trusts.  For the latter, James was awarded a Worldwide Excellent Award for achieving the highest score in England and Wales.

    While James acts for many international clients, he is from Northern Ireland and acts for a number of clients with Irish connections. As part of this, James works closely with Irish lawyers and is a member of the London Irish Lawyers' Association. James is also a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

    James is actively involved in other aspects of Farrer & Co, including graduate recruitment and trainee supervision. He also volunteers at the Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre and helps coordinate one of the firm's diversity and inclusion groups. 

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