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James Woods-Davison

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Associate
Private Client & Tax

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James' work encompasses dispute resolution, strategic advice and restructuring in relation to legal and commercial challenges faced by high net worth individuals, trusts and corporate structures.

Identified in 2020 by Legal 500 as a “Rising Star” and one of the eprivateclient Top 35 under 35, James is an associate in the Firm’s top tier private wealth disputes team.

He previously trained and qualified at Macfarlanes where he worked in their private client advisory team and joined the Firm in 2018 in order to focus on private wealth disputes.

A significant proportion of James’ work relates to international matters with little (or no) connection with the UK.

James is due to appear as a speaker at the Trusts in Litigation 2021 conference in Seville, hosted by Informa and the Contentious Trusts Association and is also speaking at the Private Client Summer School – The Ultimate Insider’s Guide, hosted by ConTrA and ThoughtLeaders4.

Track Record

Public Trustee v Cooper applications in the Bermudan and Bahamian courts concerning the restructuring of trusts holding dynastic trading businesses, acting for trustees, beneficiaries and guardian ad litem (asset value +$1bn)

Sharia succession disputes in connection with several high profile Middle Eastern estates including diversified assets across +10 jurisdictions

Unfair prejudice proceedings brought by trustees in the English High Court in relation to a privately held business

A high-value commercial negotiations and trust restructuring concerning a private family business trading in Africa, India and the Middle East; and

Privy Council agency work for offshore trust litigation.

Conference Speaking

Trusts in Litigation 2021 conference in Seville, hosted by Informa and the Contentious Trusts Association – 2021

Private Client Summer School – The Ultimate Insider’s Guide, hosted by ConTrA and ThoughtLeaders4 – August 2021

Awards & Rankings

Legal 500, Rising Star, 2020 – 2022

Citywealth Future Leaders, Lawyer of the year – Associate, shortlisted, 2021

Eprivateclient, Top 35 under 35, 2020 & 2021

Education & Qualification

Royal Academy of Music (University of London) BMus, MA

Qualified as a solicitor in 2016

Public Trustee v Cooper applications in the Bermudan and Bahamian courts concerning the restructuring of trusts holding dynastic trading businesses, acting for trustees, beneficiaries and guardian ad litem (asset value +$1bn)

Sharia succession disputes in connection with several high profile Middle Eastern estates including diversified assets across +10 jurisdictions

Unfair prejudice proceedings brought by trustees in the English High Court in relation to a privately held business

A high-value commercial negotiations and trust restructuring concerning a private family business trading in Africa, India and the Middle East; and

Privy Council agency work for offshore trust litigation.

Trusts in Litigation 2021 conference in Seville, hosted by Informa and the Contentious Trusts Association – 2021

Private Client Summer School – The Ultimate Insider’s Guide, hosted by ConTrA and ThoughtLeaders4 – August 2021

Legal 500, Rising Star, 2020 – 2022

Citywealth Future Leaders, Lawyer of the year – Associate, shortlisted, 2021

Eprivateclient, Top 35 under 35, 2020 & 2021

Royal Academy of Music (University of London) BMus, MA

Qualified as a solicitor in 2016