James Brightwell > Serle Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Serle Court
6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QS
England

Position

Specialises in contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates and commercial chancery litigation. Has particular experience of trust litigation and trustee applications, the variation of trusts, trusts of land and claims concerning professional liability in private client business. Much of his work involves offshore trusts and he has particular experience of claims for breach of trust and fiduciary duty and of issues concerning the removal of trustees and personal representatives. Recent cases include Alhamrani v Alhamrani (Jersey), Alhamrani v Alhamrani (BVI), Chemtrade v Fuchs Petrolub, High Commissioner for Pakistan v National Westminster Bank, lnvestec Trust (Guernsey) Limited v Oscatello, Gledhill v Arnold, Schomberg v Taylor, Trustee W v Attorney-General (Bermuda), Lemos v Lemos.

Career

Called 2000; Lincoln’s Inn; Deputy District Judge (civil) 2010. Called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean in the British Virgin Islands; and of Bermuda (ad hoc, 2015); Co-author ‘Lewin on Trusts’, 19th edition and 2nd  supplement; ‘Atkin’s Court Forms (Nuisance)’; ‘Halsbury’s Laws (Income Taxation)’.

Languages

French, some Spanish and Italian.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; ACTAPS.

Education

Aotea College, New Zealand; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (MA, LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James BrightwellSerle CourtJames is excellent at analysing the finer technical trust points. He has a great ability to estimate where the court will end up on issues. His calm demeanour is also great for reassuring the client.