James heads up ForrestBrown’s advisory practice. His team offer specific aspects of ForrestBrown’s award–winning R&D tax credit expertise on a consultative basis to businesses and accountants. This can mean support resolving an enquiry, risk-assessing a claim or help setting up effective processes to create robust R&D claims.
James’s background is as a tax lawyer and alongside his leadership of our advisory team, he is particularly focused on assisting clients who use our HMRC enquiry support service. With over a decade specialising in tax, he provides an incisive legal perspective when deciding upon initial strategy and in pursuing a negotiated settlement.
James trained and qualified as a solicitor at a top London law firm, before relocating to Geneva for four years to help set up the firm’s Swiss office. His brief meant that he was involved in a large number of voluntary tax disclosures to HMRC, as well as advising clients on HMRC enquiries and discovery assessments.
On returning to the UK, James worked for a second leading UK law firm, before joining the ForrestBrown team. James brings invaluable legal insight to our enquiry support and wider client services.