James is the Head of Private Client. Over the years, he has expanded his practice from primarily family law to wills, probate and trusts, estate planning, tax, elderly client matters (including mental capacity issues) and contentious probate.
James prides himself on spending sufficient time with clients at the outset of a matter in order to understand fully their position, needs and objectives. James is committed to resolving disputes in a cost-effective manner, frequently using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) with court litigation being a last resort in view of its costs and uncertainty. In connection with his family practice, James is a member of Resolution and strives to comply with their Code of Practice and similarly, with regard to probate and trust disputes, he advises clients of the benefit of complying with the ACTAPS code.
James is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).
BA Spanish & Social Anthropology at Queen’s University, Belfast (1984)
LLB (Hons) Law at London Metropolitan University (1987)
Solicitor of England & Wales (Admitted 1990)
STEP Diploma in Trusts & Estates (distinction) (2006/8)
STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Drafting (2014)
ACTAPS Education Course 2012
ACTAPS Member (2014)