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

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 20th 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

    James Brightwell is awarded ‘Chancery Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2021

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that James Brightwell has been awarded ‘Chancery Junior of the Year’ at... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    Commercial Property & Real Estate Litigation: The Future

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    Virtual Conference Session

    4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference New York

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

    The Legal 500

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)

Deputy Chancery Master

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

2021 Barrister of the Year, Silver Award at Citywealth Magic Circle 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

Awards

Chambers UK Bar Awards

Chancery Junior of the Year

Citywealth Magic Circle Awards

Barrister of the Year Silver Award

News & Events

  • News

    James Brightwell is awarded ‘Chancery Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2021

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that James Brightwell has been awarded ‘Chancery Junior of the Year’ at... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    Commercial Property & Real Estate Litigation: The Future

    Location: Online Read More

    Virtual Conference Session

    4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference New York

    Location: Read More