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James Walker - Partner.

“Tax in the UK is becoming ever more complex, particularly in my specialist areas of ‘non-doms’ and ‘offshore’ structures. We aim to be a trusted adviser, so our clients feel that tax is something they don’t have to worry about.”

James joined Buzzacott in 2011 and is a Partner in our Private Client 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).

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UK Personal Tax Compliance

We see the Tax Return as a window into our client’s life and the best way for us to get to know each other very well. We aim to see that the right amount is paid at the right time on the basis of full, accurate and timely disclosure. 

We assume a role somewhere between trusted advisor and knowledgeable friend – a role vital in ensuring clients are able to keep and enjoy more of what they earn and bequeath it to the next generation.

UK Personal Tax Planning

UK tax is constantly changing and you will have events that require tax planning (e.g. a possible investment into a business or sale of an asset) while also having ideas of how you would like to use your wealth to benefit you and your family (e.g. via gifts or the creation of trusts).

We aim to ensure that you make the most of the tax legislation, while being cautious and reasonable in our approach to tax planning.

Non-Doms and Non-UK Residents

Foreign domiciled UK residents have access to some very beneficial tax rules but those benefits come with complexity, which is ever increasing. We help those who are yet to come to the UK, are already here or those who have left to ensure that they make the most of the available rules.

For anyone outside the UK who owns UK real estate (including non-UK companies), we help them with their ongoing tax compliance and any related tax planning.

US tax

If you’re a US citizen living in the UK or you’re planning to move here, there will be a number of important life stages that you will need to plan for. Our dual-qualified US and UK tax experts have an intricate understanding of both systems. Tell us your story and together we’ll assess your liabilities and tackle any issues before they become an issue.