James joined Buzzacott in 2011 and is a Partner of the firm. He also heads up our Private Clients team.
With over 20 years’ experience, half of it gained working in the tax departments of two well respected Channel Island trust companies, Abacus and Royal Bank of Canada, where he managed a portfolio of offshore trust structures' UK tax affairs, providing tax planning and compliance services. James has always specialised in the UK taxation of ‘non-doms’ and ‘offshore’ (i.e. not UK resident) structures. The latter requires James to deal not only with the professional trustees and company directors within the structures, but also those who provide the funds (the settlors) and those who are able to benefit from the structures in any way (the beneficiaries).
James is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
Prior to joining Buzzacott, James ran his own boutique specialist tax focused practice based in St James’ Park having previously worked for another London-based mid-tier accountancy firm as their specialist on 'non-doms' and ‘offshore’ structures.
Outside of work James spends much of his time reading and playing games with his two young children (and tidying up after them).