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James Quarmby

T: +44 20 7809 2364 M: +44 7958 776 759 Email James | Vcard Office: London

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James Quarmby Partner

Contact details

James Quarmby

James Quarmby
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2364 M: +44 7958 776 759 Email James | Vcard Office: London

James was recognised as 'private client lawyer of the year' in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2017) and  'tax and trusts lawyer of the year' in the Spears Wealth Management Awards (2016).
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The Legal 500 describes him as a “very experienced tax lawyer with commendable professionalism and responsiveness ” and Chambers describes James as "the fount of all knowledge". He has a wide ranging practice, advising on international trusts, taxation, pensions and disputes.

James is currently named in the eprivateclient's "50 Most Influential in Private Wealth" and his team is the holder of various awards, including "Private Client Law Firm of the Year" in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2015 & 2017) and the British Legal Awards (2015). He lectures widely and frequently appears in the press and broadcast media (such as Sky News, BBC TV News, BBC Radios 2 / 3 / 4 / 5, Bloomberg TV and the BBC World Service).

As well as being a solicitor, James is a Registered Tax Technician and is regulated by the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT). He is an active member of STEP and the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA). James is also a contributing editor for Lexis/Nexis. 

“Extremely good and presentable. You put him in front of a client and he makes the most complicated matter seem straightforward. It's great to introduce someone of such a high quality to our clients.”

Chambers HNW Guide 2017

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UK property

Advised clients on the most tax efficient means of acquiring and holding UK property, both for personal occupation and investment, taking into account CGT, IHT, ATED, SDLT and VAT.

Residency planning

Recently advised a prominent Italian family on their relocation to the UK, looking at their personal assets and those in various offshore trusts.

Tax investigations

Represented a client in an HMRC investigation generated by their receipt of his leaked foreign bank account details, settling the case for less than one-tenth of the amount of tax originally claimed. 

Philanthropy

Advised a prominent Hong Kong billionaire on his proposed bequest to an US charity and created two charitable trusts and the UK and Hong Kong.

International succession planning

Recently advised a UK national resident in Belgium on estate planning for his worldwide estate, including considering the interaction between UK and Belgian death taxes.

Foreign pensions

Advised a large number of individuals and institutions on the UK tax treatment of IPPs, QROPS and QNUPS.

Jets, yachts and art

Advised clients on all legal matters including build/purchase contracts, disputes and finance concerning jets, yachts and artwork.

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  • Art and cultural property

UK property

Advised clients on the most tax efficient means of acquiring and holding UK property, both for personal occupation and investment, taking into account CGT, IHT, ATED, SDLT and VAT.

Residency planning

Recently advised a prominent Italian family on their relocation to the UK, looking at their personal assets and those in various offshore trusts.

Tax investigations

Represented a client in an HMRC investigation generated by their receipt of his leaked foreign bank account details, settling the case for less than one-tenth of the amount of tax originally claimed. 

Philanthropy

Advised a prominent Hong Kong billionaire on his proposed bequest to an US charity and created two charitable trusts and the UK and Hong Kong.

International succession planning

Recently advised a UK national resident in Belgium on estate planning for his worldwide estate, including considering the interaction between UK and Belgian death taxes.

Foreign pensions

Advised a large number of individuals and institutions on the UK tax treatment of IPPs, QROPS and QNUPS.

Jets, yachts and art

Advised clients on all legal matters including build/purchase contracts, disputes and finance concerning jets, yachts and artwork.

Transfer of ownership of a London-based contemporary art gallery

Acted for the gallery in the acquisition by an existing shareholder and advised on all aspects of the transaction, including corporate and tax-related issues.

Private client acquiring a property to house art collection

Advised on the acquisition of a property in London to house an art collection, including all of the tax and surrounding legal issues such as drafting the license for the offshore company that owns the art.

Private client art display in home owned by an offshore trust

Advised on their art collection, owned by an offshore company but displayed in their London property. This involved complex 'benefit in kind' issues with regards to the art on display, which was owned by a separate offshore company under license.

Private client’s inheritance

Advised a party to a beneficiary dispute over inherited art, owned by an offshore trust.

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Transfer of ownership of a London-based contemporary art gallery

Acted for the gallery in the acquisition by an existing shareholder and advised on all aspects of the transaction, including corporate and tax-related issues.

Private client acquiring a property to house art collection

Advised on the acquisition of a property in London to house an art collection, including all of the tax and surrounding legal issues such as drafting the license for the offshore company that owns the art.

Private client art display in home owned by an offshore trust

Advised on their art collection, owned by an offshore company but displayed in their London property. This involved complex 'benefit in kind' issues with regards to the art on display, which was owned by a separate offshore company under license.

Private client’s inheritance

Advised a party to a beneficiary dispute over inherited art, owned by an offshore trust.

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Awards

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12 Sep 2018

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James Quarmby named leading tax adviser

Stephenson Harwood partner and head of private wealth James Quarmby has been named in Spear's Magazine's top ten tax and trust lawyers of 2018.

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09 May 2018

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 28

The last two years have seen an avalanche of new measures designed to tackle offshore tax avoidance so it is perhaps no surprise to see another consultation document (..

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27 Apr 2018

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Wealth Briefing European Awards success

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named 'Private Client Law Firm' by Wealth Briefing magazine for the second year running and London-based partner James Quarmby..

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26 Mar 2018

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 27

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11 Dec 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 26

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06 Dec 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 25

I have complained before about the increased complexity of property taxes in the UK - with the unholy trinity of CGT, non-resident CGT (NRCGT) and ATED related gains t..

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20 Nov 2017

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James Quarmby named one of the '50 Most Influential' advisers

Stephenson Harwood partner and head of private wealth James Quarmby has been named one of the '50 Most Influential' advisers by eprivateclient, for the third year runn..

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29 Sep 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 24

However you may wish to dress it up, taxation is the license the government gives itself to confiscate your money, or at least a defined portion of it. We cannot argue..

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12 Jul 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 23

In our first edition after the election, we return to the issue of the disclosure of trusts, as the unstoppable transparency juggernaut continues to roll on.

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12 May 2017

From News

Wealth Briefing European Awards success

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named 'Private Client Law Firm' by Wealth Briefing magazine and London-based partner James Quarmby received the 'Private Clien..

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26 Apr 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 22

After an unseemly rush of re-structuring and de-enveloping, motivated by a government determined to bring in its tax reforms on 6 April, we are now told that most of t..

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21 Apr 2017

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On 18 April, the Financial Conduct Authority published its 2017/2018 Business Plan. The FCA makes it clear that it may start prosecuting firms or individuals for serio..

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17 Jan 2017

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CAPITAL letters - Issue 21

You may think that you already know what you need to know about the non-dom rules and how they affect trusts – but the chances are that you are mistaken.

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This is the first 'budget' under both a new Chancellor and a new Prime Minister and the first big fiscal event since Brexit - what's not to love? As it turns out, quit..

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03 Nov 2016

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Stephenson Harwood partner James Quarmby named 'Tax & Trust Lawyer of the Year'

Head of private wealth, James Quarmby, was awarded 'Tax & Trust Lawyer of the Year' at the Spear's Wealth Management Awards.

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