James has a busy and successful chancery, commercial and private client practice, and is regularly instructed by a number of leading firms. He has a wealth of advocacy experience spanning the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, appearing regularly in his own right in the County Court and High Court. James also has been instructed as specialist chancery counsel in divorce proceedings in the Family Court. His practice largely focuses upon:
- Trusts, inheritance and probate matters
- Corporate and personal insolvency matters
- Property and residential/commercial landlord and tenant claims
- Court of Protection
- Commercial disputes
- Partnership and company disputes
In addition to his practice in the Court of Protection, James has been instructed in a number of civil claims in which litigation capacity needed to be investigated in relation to one of the parties. He is therefore familiar with the procedures set out in Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules and/or Insolvency Rules 12.23-12.25, as applicable.
James has a keen interest in capital taxes. He is fully familiar with the tax treatment of Deeds of Variation when effecting post-death variations, and also Deeds of Variation/consent orders within Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975.
Recent highlights include:
- Advising on sections 142 and 144 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 and section 62 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 when dealing with variations and distributions from will trusts;
- Advising on gift with reservation of benefit issues arising in the context of Discounted Gift Trusts;
- Advising on the calculation of the residence nil-rate band in a high value estate;
- Drafting Deeds of Appointment out of a discretionary will trust;
- Drafting a Defence & Counterclaim in a claim concerning negligent tax advice.
James also has experience in winding-up and bankruptcy cases arising from tax-related liabilities.
- MA, Downing College, University of Cambridge (2018)
- Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), BPP University (2015)
- BA Law (Double First Class), Downing College, University of Cambridge (2014)
Associations & Memberships
- Contentious Trusts Association (‘ConTrA’)
James has been awarded several academic prizes for academic performance including:
- Hubert Greenland Pupillage Award, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
- Buchanan Prize, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
- Graduating Scholar, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Senior Harris Scholarship, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Platt Prize for Especial Distinction in University & College Examinations, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Clifford Chance CJ Hampson Prize 20 June 2014
- Lord Denning Scholarship, 2014 – Lincoln’s Inn
- Excellence Award, 2014 – BPP Law School
- James William Squire Scholarship, 2013 – Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
- Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2013 – Lincoln’s Inn
- Harris Scholarship, 2013 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
- Seton-Cavendish Award – Downing College, University of Cambridge
James Egan is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 66449] and governed by the Conduct Rules of the Bar of England and Wales. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/078] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 256487860.