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James Winfield

Senior Consultant


James is a private client lawyer with over 19 years’ experience. Prior to joining Ignition, he was a partner at Dutton Gregory and prior to that a managing director and the head of a private client team.

He advises a diverse range of clients including business owners, individuals, families and high net worth individuals. He specialises in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, estate administration (probates and intestacies), trusts, Court of Protection matters (Enduring Power of Attorney registrations and Deputyships) and inheritance tax planning.

James is a full member of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and regularly presents and writes articles in relation to private client issues.

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Key practices

  • Commercial (IP, IT, privacy)
  • Corporate (venture capital, private equity, M&A, joint ventures)

Education and training

S.T.E.P (Full Member)

Member of Solicitors for the Elderly

Dementia Friend

Studying Association of Taxation Technicians/Chartered Institute of Taxation Tax Pathway

Admitted to the Roll – 2006

Nottingham Trent Law School – Legal Practitioner’s Course (2003-04)

University of Keele – Law & Economics LL.B (2:1) (2000-2003)

A-levels – Biology (A), Maths (B), Chemistry (B), A/S Physics (A)

GCSEs – English (A*), English Literature (A*), Double Science (AA*), History (A), German (A), Maths (A), Statistics (A), P.E. (A*), D.T. (Systems & Control) (B)

Legal Roles

Bexley Beaumont – Private Client Partner (Consultant)  
Shoosmiths LLP – Private Client Consultant        
Dutton Gregory LLP – Private Client Solicitor (Salaried Partner)

Lewis & Dick Solicitors Ltd – Private Client Solicitor (Partner/Director)

Private Client Solicitor (Head of Department)
Solicitor in the Conveyancing Department (2006-08)Trainee Solicitor (2004-06)

Client secondments

Goldman Sachs International, Alcentra Limited and Babson Capital

A social cause I care about

Trusteeship of Bohunt Education Trust and involvement with Prison Outreach Network attending HMP Coldingley on a regular basis

Other Interests

Trustee of Bohunt Education Trust providing input into their strategy and vision. Football coach for the local U13 team. Team member for Prison Outreach Network attending HMP Coldingley on a regular basis. I enjoy reading, paddle boarding, playing and coaching football, long dog walks in the countryside and going to live stand-up comedy.

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