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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Private Client


James heads the Private Client team at Kingsley Napley. He has extensive experience advising families and individuals on wealth protection and tax mitigation. He is adept at managing the succession planning through the generations and often acts for parents, children and grandchildren to facilitate the best results. Often his clients will have international connections; whether they own overseas property or have recently arrived or invested in the UK, or are long term residents who are still non-UK domiciled. He specialises in giving advice on UK tax for these international clients or working closely with accountants on key areas such as UK inheritance tax and UK capital gains tax. James has a broad client base covering people just across the road or located on the other side of the world.  He is just as comfortable dealing with the private affairs of a CEO of a multinational business or person in the public eye as he is dealing with a vulnerable elderly client with tricky family dynamics.  

James is regularly asked to comment in the media, give lectures and provide thought leadership on private client matters.


The Law Society; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

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James WardKingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for a raft of politicians, sports and media celebrities, and business people. Team head James Ward is a full member of STEP and is particularly skilled in cross-border and digital asset matters. Jim Sawer is a leading practitioner in the domestic and international tax and trusts arena. He heads the UAE service and is a registered wills draftsman in the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Wills and Probate Registry, and therefore is authorised to draft and advise on DIFC-compliant wills.