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James Quarmby

Head of Private Wealth, Partner  |  Stephenson Harwood

England and Wales


Offshore trusts and other asset holding structures
International Tax
Overseas pensions


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

Building the practice into a truly international offering in private wealth, having recently launched both Dubai and Singapore private wealth capability, to add to the existing London, Paris and Hong Kong teams.

How did you get into private client?

When I finished my training contract I was desperate to leave the law firm that trained me, so was willing to consider literally anything. So, I went to a recruiter and they suggested an NQ position in the offshore tax department of Rooks Rider. Despite having no interest in tax whatsoever, let alone offshore tax, I took the job and made the best effort I could. It turned out that I was actually not bad at it and the rest, as they say, is history.

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

If you are into tax then get your CTA tax exams, it will give you an edge over your colleagues.
For the other - be focussed, define your goals and be relentless in achieving them. If you change jobs, always make sure that the move improves your CV and does not diminish it (particularly note for people who change jobs too frequently).

What is your favourite quote?

“A problem deferred is a problem solved.”

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Keen painter, yogi and Brompton cycler.