James is a senior associate. He advises clients on a range of succession planning, international structuring and taxation matters. His clients include high net worth individuals, trustees, family offices, private banks and charities.
Most of his work has an international element, in particular advising Middle Eastern and Asian clients. He seeks to understand clients' broader business affairs, investment strategies and attitudes towards risk.
He has advised on crypto assets since 2015, being one of the first lawyers to develop an expertise in the area.
James is a member of STEP and holds the STEP 'Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients'. He holds a masters' degree which focused on international tax law.
In both 2016 and 2017, James was named as one of ePrivate Client's Top 35 under 35 and has also been named by Citywealth as a 'Future Leader' and 'Prominent Figure'.
James joined Forsters in May 2017. He qualified in 2012 and trained at Westminster firm Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.
With the slow but inexorable process of tokenisation, whereby real-world assets are moved onto blockchains and represented by tokens, it is only a matter of time before trust practitioners will need to look at blockchain-based trusts or 'smart trusts'. However, the beauty of the modern trust is its flexibility and the beauty of blockchain is its pre-programmability and immutability. Can these two worlds really come together?