James is a managing associate 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 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 2017, James was listed as one of just 50 'Ones to Watch' in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite.
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”.