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James Beresford Head of Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate

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James is the national practice group leader and head of the wills, tax, trusts and probate department at Slater and Gordon. He also leads our international department which deals with French, Spanish and Australian matters.

He is based in Manchester, but also works out of our London office.

He is an expert on dealing with the administration of estates and advises clients on the drafting of wills, lasting power of attorney and trusts. He also helps clients with their tax planning.

James has many years' experience dealing with 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 works as a freelance lecturer at BPP University Law School in Leeds. He teaches the Private Client module on the LPC and Equity and Trusts of the GDL. He also lectures for the Solicitors Group.


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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