James Brightwell


Year of Call: 2000

“Modest and unassuming, he is always excellent on paper and with clients. He explains matters clearly, calmly and succinctly and is right when it comes to predicting the outcomes of cases.”

Chambers UK Bar 2017

Practice Overview

James is top ranked by Chambers Global for his trusts and offshore work: "he is quick and clever and he understands everything. You can count on him to do exactly what he says he will", he has "strong tactical nous" and "marvellous attention to detail."  Much of his work is offshore and almost all of it has an international aspect. He has particular experience of litigation in Jersey and Guernsey.

A co-author of the 19th edition of Lewin on Trusts, James is recognised as an expert in trusts law and is described in Legal 500 as a "hardworking and enthusiastic trust specialist".  He has acted in Jersey as an expert witness in English trust law.  He is particularly sought after for advice on novel questions where the case law does not directly assist.

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    13 Members of Chambers are ranked in the Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2018

    From the HNW guide (2018) Serle Court (Band 1) Serle Court is acknowledged as "an excellent set for traditional chancery... Read More

  • Events

    Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference - Jersey

    Location: The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey Read More

  • “He has a mastery of all facts when handling complicated and complex cases. He’s user-friendly and incredibly bright, and his knowledge of trusts law is encyclopaedic.”

    Chambers UK Bar & Chambers Global 2017 (Offshore)
  • “He is one of the leading trusts senior juniors at the Bar.” “He’s very practical, helpful and clear in his advice.”

    Chambers UK Bar 2016 (Chancery Traditional)

Education & Qualifications

1995-1998 B.A. Emmanuel College Cambridge (1st class) (placed 2nd in year)

1998-1999 LL.M. Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1st class) (starred 1st in tax)

1998-1999 British Academy Studentship

1999-2000 Bar Vocational Course (Inns of Court School of Law)

Appointments

Deputy District Judge (Northern Circuit)

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists

Languages

French (competency); Italian (basic); Spanish (basic)

BSB Registration

James Robert Brightwell

VAT Number

778 692 066

Awards

1999-2000 Hardwicke Scholarship; Thomas More Bursary (Lincoln’s Inn)

1998 Cambridge University George Long Prize for Jurisprudence

Awards

Chambers UK

Ranked - Leading Barrister

Chambers Global

Ranked - Leading Barrister

The Legal 500

Leading Individual

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    13 Members of Chambers are ranked in the Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2018

    From the HNW guide (2018) Serle Court (Band 1) Serle Court is acknowledged as "an excellent set for traditional chancery... Read More

  • Events

    Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference - Jersey

    Location: The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey Read More