James Brockhurst

James is a Senior Associate in the Private Client team. He advises on succession planning, family governance and UK tax. His clients include high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, trustees, family offices and private banks.

He is experienced in matters of domicile, residence, the remittance basis for non-UK domiciliaries, trust/foundation structuring, Will preparation and the establishment of family vehicles and investment companies. He advises clients on the full spectrum of their assets, whether it be UK real estate, their businesses, artwork or crypto-assets (being one of the first lawyers to develop an expertise in this area). Most of his work has an international element, in particular advising Middle Eastern and Asian clients.

James is a member of STEP and holds the STEP 'Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients'. He studied international tax law to masters level (University of Warwick).

In 2016, 2017 and 2019, James was named as one of ePrivate Client's Top 35 under 35, and as a 'One to Watch' by Global Elite in both 2018 and 2019. He has also been ranked by Citywealth as a 'Future Leader' and 'Prominent Figure'.
Contributed to


IHT on UK residential property held indirectly by non-domiciliaries from 6 April 2017
Practice notes

This Practice Note, written by James Brockhurst of Forsters LLP, summarises the changes to the excluded property rules from 6 April 2017 introduced by the Finance (No 2) Act 2017). Under the changes, UK inheritance tax (IHT) will apply to UK residential property held by (or for) a non-domiciliary directly or indirectly, unless it is held through a diversely held vehicle.

Introduction to cryptoassets and blockchain for Private Client
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an introduction to cryptoassets and blockchain. It explains what blockchain is and the different types of blockchain. It also discusses cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings. Finally, it considers the application of this phenomenon to trusts and probate and considers estate planning advice.

Practice areas


  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners


  • Consulting Editorial Board


  • University of Warwick (LLM)
  • College of Law
  • STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (TEP Accreditation)
  • STEP Advanced Certificate in UK Tax for International Clients

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