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Jim Sawer

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Jim Sawer is a partner in the Private Client Department at Kingsley Napley. He has a broad private client practice which is predominantly tax and trust driven. Clients and fellow professionals appreciate 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 commercial and family context. His practice continues to grow with referrals not only from existing clients but from private banks, law firms and accountants based both in the UK and worldwide, particularly Southern and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.


Having qualified as a solicitor in 1983 at Mills & Reeve where he was a partner from 1988-2000, Jim spent time as a partner at Birketts, Royds and then Thrings before joining Kingsley Napley's private client team in 2016. During the course of his career, Jim has acted as principal  trusted adviser to families, both in the UK and overseas, including those with commercial and landed interests.


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


Amateur dramatics, travel and football.

London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Jim Sawer  at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘practical, sensible and has loads of common sense which is based on experience’. He advises a number of landed, entrepreneurial and business clients on tax, trust and succession issues. Senior associate Joseph Austin  is ‘very precise and he is experienced in international estate planning matters’. The group has strong Middle Eastern connections and is handling an increasing number of referrals from private banks and accountants. Matthew Duncan joined Druces LLP .

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