James Carleton > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Farrer & Co

Living Wage

Work Department

Private client – onshore.


James has a diverse client base that includes advising individuals, family offices and executors on personal tax, trusts and succession planning (including Court of Protection and attorneyship). He has particular expertise in art transactions and heritage matters as well as setting up philanthropic and charitable structures. He advises on the treatment of high value art works in tax planning and heritage taxation strategies as well as the sale, financing, purchase and export of high value artworks by family offices, private banks and art dealers.


Trainee and Solicitor, Farrer & Co, 1994-2003; made Partner in 2003.




International Bar Association; Charity Law Association; Land Trusts Association; STEP Philanthropy Special Interest Group; Honorary legal trustee for several charities


St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (MA); College of Law, London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

(Leading individuals)

James CarletonFarrer & Co

Farrer & Co has an excellent reputation for its art and cultural property expertise and is best-known for its work with the international super-rich. It advises on many family trusts both in the UK and overseas. Head of department is Adrian Parkhouse who excels in art litigation, and senior associate William Charrington is also developing a strong art-related disputes practice. James Carleton advises many commercial art dealers, private owners and collectors as well as other entities such as charities and banks on cross-border art, heritage law and philanthropy. The team also has an impressive art lending practice. Bethan Waters regularly advises lenders and borrowers on all aspects of finance and security where art is used as collateral. Julian Smith acts for some of the bigger historic house charities and private collections that are destined for public and charitable collections. Peter Wienand also plays a key role in this practice.

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Hall of Fame)

James CarletonFarrer & Co

The ‘skilled and experienced’ team at Farrer & Co is ‘known for providing the highest quality legal advice to charities and the not-for-profit sector’. Anne-Marie Piper (who can ‘simplify extremely complex technical issues’) co-heads the department with Elizabeth Jones. Jones advises charities that are working internationally and continues to do a considerable amount of work in establishing corporate foundations. Its client base includes some of the largest and best-known UK and international charitable organisations and it is highly recommended for its transactional and structuring advice to charities that have extensive group, trading and constitutional structures. The team has been busy too advising on the establishment and operation of a number of high-profile corporate foundations. Another core area of expertise is advising on charity finance matters. The versatile team is also adept at handling complex disputes and at managing reputations and it is also recognised for its expertise in all areas of fundraising law and practice. Other key names in the area include James Carleton, Sam Macdonald, Julian Smith and James Maloney.