James Kirby joined Ten Old Square in October 2018 following the successful completion of his pupillage in Chambers.
James is a Chancery barrister who has experience across many of Chambers’ core specialities including Private Client; Property; Court of Protection; Capital Taxes; Partnerships & LLPs; and Charities. He appears regularly in both the High Court, the County Court and the First-Tier Tribunals.
Prior to becoming a barrister James was a Research Fellow in History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of a number of articles in leading historical journals, as well as a monograph published by Oxford University Press.
Private Client: Non-Contentious
James’ regularly advises on matters concerning trusts and estates, Particular experience includes:
- Advising an executor on conflict of laws issues relating to foreign assets
- Advising trustees on terminable life interests in residential property (including tax consequences)
- Drafting deeds of variation
- Drafting a deed of appointment for an offshore trust
- Drafting advice on a proposed application under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 and related inheritance tax issues
- Drafting advice on rectification of a trust instrument in a family settlement
- Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School (2017)
- Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction; Equity & Trusts Prize), City Law School (2016)
- Princess Royal Scholarships, Inner Temple (BPTC and GDL)
- DPhil in History, Balliol College, Oxford (2014)
- MSt in History (Distinction), Balliol College, Oxford (2011)
- BA in History (First Class – highest of year), Balliol College, Oxford (2010)
Associations & Memberships
- Member of the Chancery Bar Association
- Founding member of the Court of Protection Bar Association
‘Tax Planning in the Court of Protection’, Lawskills (Sep. 2018).
“Historians and the Church of England” Religion and Historical Scholarship 1870-1920, Oxford University Press.
James Kirby is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Council Ref 69244]. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/079] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 304589790.