"James Frampton is not only an excellent tax advisor for individuals but also has a broad expertise when it comes to cross-border cases."

Legal 500 2024

“James Frampton is an outstanding lawyer, very capable and affable, calm and strong.”

Chambers High Net Worth 2023

"James Frampton, one of the firm’s partners, has for years been one of my consistent go-to attorneys for my clients who need help with complex cross-border estate planning. I’ve sat in on a number of meetings with him and clients, and I am always extremely impressed by the clarity of his client communication, his thoroughness, and his ability to implement strategies quickly and efficiently."

Legal 500 2023

"James Frampton is excellent, I particularly value his expertise on matters with a US connection."

Legal 500 2023

"James Frampton goes above and beyond for clients. He brings technical expertise without ego."

Legal 500 2022

I am a Partner in Michelmores’ Tax, Trusts & Succession team.

I advise individuals and families in the UK and abroad on ways to protect and pass on assets from one generation to the next. This can range from preparing a client’s Will or lasting power of attorney to advising on trust structures, family partnerships, advising on UK tax issues or helping those coming to the UK to navigate our tax system.

A large part of my practice is assisting clients with US connections with their estate planning including preparing Wills and reviewing and advising on the UK tax consequences of US trusts. As my wife and sons are US citizens, I have had to grapple with issues facing US citizens living in the UK and so understand the frustrations that clients in a similar position face.

I also advise families and trustees who own land and estates by working closely with colleagues in our Agriculture and Property teams. As a director of Michelmores Trust Corporation Limited I also oversee a number of UK trusts and estates. I regularly advise trustees and beneficiaries both in the UK and abroad on trust and UK tax issues and am part of the Firm’s Trust Advisory Group.

I trained and worked at a well-known London firm before moving to Michelmores in 2014. I am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP).

I am ranked in Band 2 for Private Wealth in Chambers High Net Worth. I am also a recommended lawyer for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate (London) by the Legal 500.

Recent experience

Advising on the UK tax position for a US beneficiary of a US trust resident in the UK

Advising on pre-arrival planning for a foreign national moving to the UK including advice on domicile, residence and the remittance basis

Advising a UK foreign national resident in the UK on the creation of an excluded property trust

Advising the trustees of a landed estate on a heritage property application and the creation of a maintenance fund

Advising family business owners on the best way to transfer their business and their assets to their seven children

Frampton, James