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James von Simson

Investment Director  |  Tilney

United Kingdom


Investment & Financial Advice, Family & Business Governance, Philanthropy


Financial Advisory Firm

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

The variety of the advice needed by clients; from untangling outdated structures to simplifying and segregating client assets for different jurisdictions to helping a client move from New Zealand to Andorra during April at 24 hours notice (half the time the six-hop 48 hour trip took).

How did you get into private client?

Former investment banker; I preferred working with the families who owned business rather than the businesses themselves (strategic advice over transaction advice).

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

Quickly get comfortable saying “I don’t know” without worrying if it will make you look bad (it’s quite the opposite).

What is your favourite quote?

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” T. E. Lawrence

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

7 Saints in Notting Hill.