James Beresford > BLM > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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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

At BLM, the growing team of private wealth specialists advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, trustees and family businesses on intricate inheritance tax and estate planning measures; wills, LPAs, asset protection and probate are other areas of focus. The firm’s instructions in this space are increasingly underpinned by complex cross-border estates. Headed up by James Beresford, who has an ‘excellent grasp of the law‘, the team is also particularly active in advising families with disabled children and vulnerable individuals.