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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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Personal tax, trusts, and probate

Personal tax, trusts, and probate

Private wealth law and Family offices & funds structuring

Private wealth law and Family offices & funds structuring

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

Recently recognised as "tax & trusts lawyer of the year" (Spears' Wealth Management Awards 2022), James is widely regarded as one of the leading practitioners in the UK and is described in the Chambers HNW Guide (2019) as “very much a figurehead of the industry…… he carries a lot of experience”.
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James has a wide ranging practice, advising on UK and international taxation, residency and domicile, offshore pensions and trusts, asset protection, succession planning and HMRC disputes.

James is one of the most prominent private client lawyers in the UK and frequently appears in the press and broadcast media (Sky News, BBC TV News, BBC Radios 2 / 3 / 4 / 5, Bloomberg TV and the BBC World Service). He writes and lectures widely on tax policy. The private client publication "e-private client" names James, for the last 8 years running, as a "Top 50 Most Influential' in the private client industry.

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

"James is a leading figure in the private client world. He has bags of experience and a fantastic manner with clients. He is hugely knowledgeable and very approachable."
Chambers High Net Worth 2022

  • Private wealth
  • Tax

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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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.

More: Tax

  • Art and cultural property

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

Personal tax, trusts, and probate

Personal tax, trusts, and probate

Private wealth law and Family offices & funds structuring

Private wealth law and Family offices & funds structuring

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