About James

James joined Langleys in November 2018, as a Partner in the private client team. He is also Head of our team in York. James trained as a solicitor in Leeds, qualifying in 2004 and has subsequently worked in both regional and national law firms across the north and in London.

James acts for private individuals, business owners and trustees locally and nationally. He specialises in capital tax planning advice (predominantly Inheritance Tax), succession planning, Will drafting, estate administration (including estates with overseas property), Powers of Attorney and trust formation, management and restructuring.

James works closely with our corporate and commercial property teams, financial advisors and accountants to ensure that everyone receives holistic advice and in the most cost effective way possible.

James is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is recognised in the Legal 500 as a specialist in his chosen field. James is also studying towards a ILM Leadership and Management qualification at York University.

Service expertise

Inheritance Tax & Succession Planning

Inheritance Tax, a duty paid on your property and belongings after death, can take a sizable portion out of the gift you wish to pass on. With expert planning, you can significantly reduce this impact. Based in York and Lincoln and helping clients across the UK, our friendly team of solicitors offer expert inheritance tax planning advice, helping you plan your estate, making it as tax efficient as possible to maximise the benefit of your financial legacy.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is an extremely important document. It allows you to choose someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf, should you lack mental capacity in the future to make those decisions yourself.  They are vitally important documents that will give you and your family confidence at what will often be a very difficult time.

Private Clients


Setting up a trust can be a flexible and tax effective way to provide for your loved ones. If you want to set up a trust or want more information on trust law, our solicitors are here to assist you with your questions.

Wills & Probate

Perhaps, because it involves a subject, we least like to think about, many of us never get around to making a Will, despite it being one of the most important documents you could ever need.

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