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James Bradford

Partner  |  Charles Russell Speechlys

England and Wales


Personal and estate planning
Succession planning


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Helping a family and their trustees to negotiate the hazardous path through a potentially contentious probate (a) without ending up in Court and (b) leaving all parties genuinely satisfied with the outcome. This included the settlement of two 1975 Act Claims, a disputed business protection trust, considerable tax efficiencies and the sale of a majority stake in substantial trading business. The work involved the coordination of teams within CRS (including Tax, Trusts and Succession, Estate Disputes, Private Property, Corporate (M&A) and Corporate Tax) as well as other advisers.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Put your client and their best interests at the centre of everything that you do.

What is your favourite quote?

“Leadership is that mixture of example, persuasion and compulsion which makes a person do what you want them to do. If I were asked to define leadership, I should say it is the ‘Projection of Personality’. It is the most intensely personal thing in the world, because it is just plain you”. (Field Marshall The Viscount Slim)