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James Brockhurst

Senior Associate  |  Forsters

England and Wales


Succession planning
Asset holding structures


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

I started advising on crypto-assets at an early stage in its development, so that has provided interesting opportunities with clients. More recently, the DLT sector has exploded and I have been lucky to observe developments from the centre. It has presented many speaking opportunities over the last few years. Most notably, I helped organise and lectured at an event on crypto-assets which was chaired by Lord Neuberger (former President of the Supreme Court).

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

Anyone setting out in the industry should do their best to make a prediction about where the world will be in 20-30 years. The world is rapidly changing and someone entering the industry can get ahead if they take a long-view. It is not just technological change (although that is already transformative) but political change. Look at the big global trends and make an informed assessment about where that leaves you as a private client advisor at the time when your career is in the ascendency.

What is your favourite quote?

”The Earth is yours and the fullness thereof.' Enter upon your inheritance, accept your responsibilities! You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was made to be wooed,” Winston Churchill