James Price > Stewarts Law LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Partner and Head of the Trusts and Probate Litigation department.
James set up and heads Stewarts’ Trust and Probate Litigation Department, which The Legal 500 recently described as “combining all the savvy of a top-flight niche litigation firm with the suave sophistication private clients have come to expect. The team is involved in the largest trust disputes, and the depth of knowledge and experience provides clients with a first-class service.”
James specialises in handling complex, high-value and often high-profile litigation relating to private wealth matters, trust and succession in England and other leading trusts jurisdictions. He also has considerable expertise in handling other contentious issues, especially in cases involving fraud and asset tracing (particularly where trusts are involved) as well as advising on trust issues arising out of divorce.
Jurisdictions in which James has experience include Bermuda, Cayman, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. His recent matters include:
- Representing one of the parties in what is considered to be the largest (by value) claim in Bermudian legal history which went to trial for 19 weeks during 2021;
- Advising a number of discretionary beneficiaries of high value Bermudian trusts on the validity of the appointment of trustees and protectors, corporate governance and other matters connected with the proposed restructuring of beneficial interests;
- Advising a Cayman structure on substantial claims brought against it by the Libyan Investment Authority;
- Acting for an Italian beneficiary of Jersey trusts involved in a contested Public Trustee v Cooper application in the High Court in England and Wales; and
- Advising the adult children of the principal beneficiary of very valuable trusts established in Gibraltar concerning a dispute as to beneficial interests.
James joined Stewarts in 2016 to head the firm’s contentious trusts and estates practice. Prior to this he trained at Farrer & Co where he became partner in 2005.
- The Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists
- The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
James is married and has three teenage children.
Lawyer Rankings(Hall of Fame)
Stewarts Law LLP has ‘assembled a very talented team of people that has made a real splash in the area’. Led by the ‘outstanding’ James Price the team has numerous able lawyers both at partner and associate level among them Geoffrey Kertesz who has a ‘first-class mind’. The department advises exclusively on complex, large-scale and often high-profile trust disputes in England and in other major jurisdictions. It acts for UHNW and HNW individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies in addition to a number of well-known UK charities. A substantial part of its work has an international dimension. The group also has experience of appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. It garners praise for providing a ‘premier service’ due to the ‘very high quality of its team which comprises several of the leading lawyers in this field, ensuring that it is engaged in many of the high-profile cases in this area’. Emma Holland is another name to note.
- Contentious trusts and probate London > Private client
- Hall of Fame London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Family
- Dispute resolution > Public international law
- Insurance > Personal injury: claimant
- Transport > Travel
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Employment > Senior executives
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders