Jim Sawer has “outstanding interpersonal skills”
and offers “five-star service".
"He is able to explain complex legal matters in simple terms. He has excellent communication skills and gives sensible, practical legal advice.”

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

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.


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:


The Law Society


Jim Sawer "is a great communicator. He can break down complex issues and communicate in a way that clients easily understand. He is just extremely competent and he always comes up with a practical way forward.”

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019 

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

Legal 500 2019

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

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

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

Insight from Jim

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Inheritance Tax – are the very wealthy breathing a permanent sigh of 'relief'?

Inheritance Tax Planning: Deeds of Variation and nil rate band discretionary Will trusts - less common but still useful?

New Year’s resolutions for unmarried couples: make Wills, get married, better still, do both?

Inheritance Gifts, Hotchpot and Double Portions. Do children have a right to be treated equally?

Inheritance Tax - why do so many fall into the 'Gift With Reservation of Benefit' trap?

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

Inheritance Rights of Stepchildren

IHT and CGT - uncomfortable bedfellows? Don’t overlook possible Capital Gains Tax exposure in your Inheritance Tax Planning

How to ensure your funeral wishes are respected

Death, Dubai and registering Wills in English through the DIFC

Taxing times on divorce and the family home

Are trusts a "tax loophole" exploited by the wealthy?

Powers of attorney: too risky?

Charity begins at home? – how to cut a child out of your will

Ensuring your inheritance ends up in the right hands

Absolute Discretion - the right to be unreasonable?

Did "Fifth Beatle" know his Will would cause family rift?

Debts and Death

Foreign companies to be required to declare their owners when buying property in the UK

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