James BrightwellBarrister at Serle Court
“James is a specialist in trust and estate disputes. He is co-author of Lewin on Trusts (20th edition).
James was awarded Chancery Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards in November 2021, and the Barrister of the Year, Silver Award at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2021.
Most of his work has an international aspect, and he has particular experience of contentious trust applications. He has acted since 2010 in the litigation concerning the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, appearing twice in the Privy Council, most recently in June 2021. He also appeared for India in the Hyderabad litigation, concerning the English fund held on trust for the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, and in proceedings.
James is top ranked in traditional chancery, trusts and offshore in Chambers and Partners, and in Legal 500 for Offshore and Private Client: Trusts and Probate, where it was said “He very literally wrote the book on trust law – when he speaks, clients listen. He is a strong advocate with a superb ability to make complex areas of law seem simple and understandable.”