James Brockhurst


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James Brockhurst

Senior Associate, Private Client

James is a Senior Associate in the Private Client team. He advises on succession planning, family governance and UK tax. His clients include high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, trustees, family offices and private banks.

He is experienced in matters of domicile, residence, the remittance basis for non-UK domiciliaries, trust/foundation structuring, Will preparation and the establishment of family vehicles and investment companies. He advises clients on the full spectrum of their assets, whether it be UK real estate, their businesses, artwork or crypto-assets (being one of the first lawyers to develop an expertise in this area). Most of his work has an international element, in particular advising Middle Eastern and Asian clients.

James is a member of STEP and holds the STEP 'Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients'.  He studied international tax law to masters level (University of Warwick).

In 2016, 2017 and 2019, James was named as one of ePrivate Client's Top 35 under 35, and as a 'One to Watch' by Global Elite in both 2018 and 2019. He has also been ranked 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.

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Awards and recognitions

  • Recognised in eprivateclient's 'Top 35 Under 35' for 2019
  • Private Client Ones to Watch 2019
  • Recognised in eprivateclient's 'Top 35 Under 35' for 2017
  • Citywealth Future Leaders 2017

My Insights

"Recommended for their ability to understand the key issues and report them in a relevant and concise way."
The Legal 500, 2020