James is a partner in the dispute resolution group. He heads the firm’s Contentious Trusts & Estates practice, having joined Stevens & Bolton to take up that role in 2017. James was made a partner in 2019.
James is a specialist trust and estates litigator, with particular expertise in disputes focussing on UK trust and probate claims. He advises primarily on disputes relating to HNW and UHNW individuals and their affairs, both on and offshore. Within this, James has substantial experience in advising trustees and beneficiaries on trust claims and also on contested probate matters. James regularly advises clients on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and concerning disputes over estate and trust administration.
James also has expertise in contested Court of Protection matters, with disputes involving attorneys and Deputies, in particular regarding applications to remove or appoint attorneys/Deputies and applications for statutory wills.
In both 2017 and 2015, James was named as one of ePrivateClient’s top 35 private client professionals under 35. In 2018 and 2017, James was named in Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite 'Ones to Watch' list.
Chambers HNW 2018 reports that sources describe James as "Experienced with a vast breadth of knowledge", "smart, fully committed on his cases and he has a growing reputation in our field," and "very, very impressive. He's a very bold probate contentious practitioner and he's got quite a strong academic background. He's also immensely influential among the younger practitioners." Also, commenting in Chambers UK 2017, the leading independent guide to law firms, clients have described James as “a tremendously good associate who is exceptionally hard-working, bright, hands-on and can run a big case”.