Areas: Personal & Business Tax, Private Client & Trusts, Tax Investigation & Disputes, International & Offshore, Notary Services, Corporate Immigration, Private Immigration
James’s private client work has a broad remit incorporating the specialisms noted above. His expertise is particularly valued by our Indian and Pakistani clients who may have assets in multiple jurisdictions requiring a detailed understanding of the double tax treaties between the countries.
He is, as he puts it, “A little like a GP of the law. Whilst I will advise clients on the areas in which I specialise, I will also involve other departments in the firm when a client has broader needs.”
As James notes, there is a large project management element about his work. “Our clients rely on us to deal with their issues – and they are reassured by the fact that, whatever the situation, I can help them resolve it. But they also value the fact that we support them in a bespoke way – a way that suits their preferred way of working with us, as well as being responsive and meeting the client’s deadlines”.
James loves the fact that, in private client work, he “sits at the centre of the legal Venn diagram. I always wanted to do private client work because of its variety – I deal with every partner and department at GSC: property, corporate, IP, immigration, litigation.”
In addition to his private client work, James also manages GSC’s Immigration team.
Qualifications & Experience
James attended Birmingham University (BSc 2005) before completing the College of Law Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course, both with distinction. He qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined GSC to specialise in international and private wealth. In 2015 James was appointed as a Partner.
Having completed the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) diploma, James is also a qualified Trust and Estates Practitioner.
James has arranged wills and lasting power of attorneys for a number of my clients and has consistently shown himself to be professional while also being sensitive to some of the emotional issues clients face in such circumstances.
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