Specialising in trust matters, James helps clients with trust formation and administration, trust structuring and succession planning.

He has experience and a broad knowledge of trust law from both a private client and commercial perspective.

Prior to joining Chapman Tripp, James was a solicitor in a boutique law firm specialising in trusts and personal asset planning, and worked in a funds management team at another national law firm.

Recent experience

  • Designed asset protection structures and inter-generational succession plans for families and individuals.
  • Reorganised trusts and assets, including resettlements and variations of existing trusts.
  • Advised on ongoing conduct and administration of family trusts and trust estates.
  • Established alternative asset owning vehicles such as limited partnerships and companies.
  • Presented submissions on the new Trusts Bill as well as the Law Commission's previous report on trust law and various issue papers on specific trust law issues.