James Beresford > BLM > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

2 New Bailey Square
Stanley Street, Salford
M3 5GS

Work Department

Private Client


James is a partner and specialises in dealing with the administration of complex estates and advising clients on estate planning matters including the drafting of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. He is particularly interested in assisting clients deal with their estate and legacy planning where his pragmatic approach  and clear communication skills provides clients with a comprehensive and understandable solution.

He is a wealth preservation specialist and focuses on inheritance tax planning for HNW clients and high profile individuals. He regularly advisees business owners on succession planning.

James lectures post-graduate students at BBP Law School, in addition to other solicitors on Wills and estate administration matters for the Solicitors Group and MBL seminars. He is the author of “No Will – no say. A simple guide to Wills and Estate Planning”, published in 2017 by Wilkinson Publishing.


2018 to date – Partner at BLM and launched Private Wealth department.
Pre 2018 – National Practice Group Leader and Head of the Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate department at Slater and Gordon  Lawyers based out of both Manchester and London offices.


Basic German


Full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitoners (STEP)


BA (Hons) Law and Criminology – University of Sheffield

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

BLM provides its client base of high-net-worth individuals with comprehensive advice on estate planning, including assistance with asset protection, tax mitigation and succession planning. The team is adept at advising on estates with complicating aspects, such as vulnerable beneficiaries and the need to guard against potential claims. Practice head James Beresford is also active in estate administration; his recent work in this area encompasses estates involving disputed wills and interstacy.