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James Lister

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Litigation/Contentious Trusts & Estates


Partner - Trust and Estate disputes 

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.


Trained Charles Russell LLP 2007 – 2009

Qualified Charles Russell LLP 2009

Senior Associate, Charles Russell LLP 2014

Senior Associate, Stevens & Bolton LLP 2017

Managing Associate, Stevens & Bolton LLP 2018

Partner, Stevens & Bolton LLP 2019


ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Solicitors), APL (Association of Pensions Lawyers)


University of Nottingham 2001 – 2004: BA (Hons)

University of Nottingham 2005: MA

College of Law 2005 – 2007: LLB

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP has 'an excellent, hardworking commercial litigation team'. It advises on joint venture disputes, warranty claims, and shareholder and partnership issues. Other areas include trading disputes, fraud, bribery, professional negligence claims and contentious trusts. Richard Mumford, who left for REN Legal, was replaced as team head by Sarah Murray in 2019. Managing partner Richard King, Michael Frisby and Andrew Quick are also key advisers. James Lister  was promoted to the partnership.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Next Generation Partners

James Lister - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Newly-promoted partner James Lister heads the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP that advises wealthy individuals, private banks, trust companies and landed estates. Lister focuses on high-value domestic and international trust and probate claims as well as court of protection work. He is experienced at advising on estate administration in addition to other issues such as claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. The team has also recently been acting in various substantial disputes in different locations such as Singapore, France and Guernsey.

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South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Next Generation Partners

James Lister - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Partner James Lister heads up the contentious trusts and estates department at Stevens & Bolton LLP, which 'balances the work ethic and knowledge of a city firm with the personal sensibilities of a local firm'. The group has significant involvement in multijurisdictional matters, having recently represented clients in disputes connected with Guernsey, Jersey, Singapore, France and Germany. High-value trust and estate work is a key area of focus. Lister also has experience of Court of Protection cases.

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