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30th March - 1st April 2022
Hotel Alfonso XIIISeville

James Woods-Davison
Associate at Boodle Hatfield


Identified in 2020 by Legal 500 as a "Rising Star" and one of the eprivateclient Top 35 under 35, James is an associate solicitor in the firm's top tier Private Wealth Disputes team.

James' work encompasses (i) dispute resolution (ii) strategic advice and (iii) restructuring in relation to legal and commercial challenges faced by high net worth individuals, trusts and corporate structures.

He previously trained and qualified at Macfarlanes where he worked in their private client advisory team and joined Boodle Hatfield in 2018 in order to focus on private wealth disputes.

A significant proportion of James' work relates to international matters with little (or no) connection with the UK.

James' experience includes:

  • Public Trustee v Cooper applications in the Bermudan and Bahamian courts concerning the restructuring of trusts holding dynastic trading businesses, acting for trustees, beneficiaries and guardian ad litem (asset value +$1bn);
  • Sharia succession disputes in connection with several high profile Middle Eastern estates including diversified assets across +10 jurisdictions;
  • unfair prejudice proceedings brought by trustees in the English High Court in relation to a privately held business;
  • a high-value commercial negotiations and trust restructuring concerning a private family business trading in Africa, India and the Middle East; and
  • Privy Council agency work for offshore trust litigation.

James has a Bachelor's degree (first) and a Master's degree (distinction) from the Royal Academy of Music, University of London.

Agenda Sessions

  • Trust Administration: Going mad with power? Advising protectors and other powerholders