James Brightwell


Year of Call: 2000

Very measured and very bright, you are reassured when you know he is on your side. He is very user-friendly and can turn around advice quickly when required.” “Always sees the bigger picture and really gains the trust and confidence of clients.

Chambers & Partners, 2019

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

    Judgment in High Commissioner for Pakistan In the United Kingdom v Prince Muffakham Jah & Ors [2019] EWHC 2551 (Ch)

    70 years of deadlock was broken yesterday (2 October 2019) as one of the UK's longest-running legal battles was resolved. Princes... Read More

    News

    Serle Court ranked Band 1 for Chancery: Traditional in Chambers HNW 2019

    We are extremely proud to announce that chambers’ expertise in the field of Traditional Chancery has been highlighted by... Read More

  • Events

    Simon Gore “Dealing with Trusts in Divorce”

    Location: Central London - TBC Read More

    Events

    Serle Court 4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2019 (New York)

    Location: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York Read More

  • Technically excellent and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust law. He can think outside the box and you can rely on him totally.” “Extremely user-friendly and flexible.” “He is as knowledgeable as anyone on English trusts law, and has an instinctive feel for how trust cases will go.”

    Chambers Global, 2019
  • Very thoughtful and measured in his advice, which gives him a consistency solicitors can rely on.”

    Legal 500, 2019

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

In the Press

Byline "Court Asserts How Jersey Law Applies in Trust Cases" Wealth Briefing with Kathryn Purkis, 25 April 2018

News & Events

  • News

    Judgment in High Commissioner for Pakistan In the United Kingdom v Prince Muffakham Jah & Ors [2019] EWHC 2551 (Ch)

    70 years of deadlock was broken yesterday (2 October 2019) as one of the UK's longest-running legal battles was resolved. Princes... Read More

    News

    Serle Court ranked Band 1 for Chancery: Traditional in Chambers HNW 2019

    We are extremely proud to announce that chambers’ expertise in the field of Traditional Chancery has been highlighted by... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court 4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2019 (New York)

    Location: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York Read More

    Events

    James Brightwell to speak at KNect365 International Trusts & Private Client Forum - Jersey

    Location: L’Horizon Hotel, Jersey Read More