"He doesn't fog one with technical legalese - he interprets the law for the layman extremely well. He's very savvy, very commercial. He's excellent."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2018

Jim Sawer has a broad private client practice which is predominantly tax and trust driven.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1983, Jim has acted as principal  trusted adviser to families, both in the UK and overseas,  and with commercial  and landed interests, for over 30 years. Clients and fellow professionals appreciate his ability to identify the true crux of a matter promptly and his inventive, can-do, and results orientated approach to resolving private client issues in the commercial and family context.

He is described as “accomplished” and an “expert on tax and trusts” by the Legal  500. His practice continues to grow with referrals not only from existing clients but from private banks, law firms and accountants based both in the UK and worldwide, particularly Southern and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Jim is registered as a will draftsman in the Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) Wills and Probate Registry where he is authorised to draft and advise on the production of DIFC-compliant wills. He is a frequent visitor to Dubai.

Publications

For many years Jim was the principal writer/presenter of training films on private client issues for the Law Society, he writes regularly for the press, and is in demand as a speaker on tax and trust issues for the financial services/wealth management industry.

Some of Jim's many articles and quotes published in the Press include:

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

The Law Society

 

Jim Sawer ... is practical, sensible and has loads of common sense which is based on experience."

Legal 500 2019

He's very personable, he's got a great sense of humour."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

He advises a number of landed, entrepreneurial and business clients on tax, trust and succession issues."

Legal 500 2019

Practical, creative and no-waffle."

Legal 500 2017

Insight from Jim

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Blogs

Joint tenancy - a historical anachronism which should be scrapped?

Civil partnerships, siblings and the inheritance tax dilemma

Personal possessions and death

Will my children steal my money when I'm old?

American taxpayers and their family home in the UK

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Contact Jim

+44 (0)20 7814 1254

jsawer@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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