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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Jim Sawer is a Partner in the Private Client team at Kingsley Napley. He has a broad private client practice and acts as principal trusted adviser to families with business and landed interests. Vastly experienced, he is noted for his ability to identify the true crux of a matter promptly and his inventive, can-do, and results-orientated approach to resolving private client issues in the family/business context. A recognised expert on the law and taxation of onshore and offshore trusts.

Jim was for many years the principal presenter on Private Client issues for Legal Network Television. He speaks regularly on Private Client issues to accountancy and financial advisory firms. His observations on topical tax , trust and succession issues appear regularly in the national press (including the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Financial Times). His blogs are frequently picked up and republished by other organisations.


Trained at Mills & Reeve, Norwich; qualified 1983; partner from 1988. Relocated to London in 2005. Joined Kingsley Napley as a partner in 2016.


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University of Birmingham, LLB; College of Law, Guildford.


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London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

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.