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James Beresford Head of Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate

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James is the national practice group leader for the wills, tax, trusts and probate department at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. He is based primarily in Manchester, but also works from our London office.

James helps people deal with their estate planning, where clear communication, practical skills and life experience are as critical as legal knowledge.

He specialises in the administration of estates and advises clients on the drafting of wills, lasting power of attorney and trusts.

James has many years' experience representing high profile clients, including sports personalities and celebrities. He is experienced in working with high value estates.

He is a regular contributor on radio and TV, having been interviewed by the BBC, Sky and other national stations.

James also lectures to post graduate students at a leading law university and for the Solicitors Group and MBL Seminars at conferences for law professionals. 

He is the author of "No Will, No Say - A Simple Guide to Wills and Estate Planning" which covers the essentials you need to consider when writing a will.

One of James' greatest strengths is his pragmatic approach to problems and the way he simplifies complex issues for his clients by using a language that everybody can understand.

James has recently been rated as Band 1 in Chambers' HNW guide: James Beresford "is knowledgeable, but imparts this knowledge in a non-technical fashion. He is very approachable and open-minded to all potential solutions to assist a client."


Career history

  • Since 2015 Slater and Gordon
  • 2014 – 2015 Buckles Solicitors LLP
  • 2008 – 2014 Baxter Caulfield Solicitors
  • 2006 – 2008 Smith Solicitor LLP
  • University of Sheffield

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Recent Testimonials for James Beresford

“Thank you so much you have been brilliant from beginning to end. I wish all were like you.”

James Aherne, Bolton

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