Jim Sawer joins Royds’ Private Client Team

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The Partners of Royds have announced the appointment of Jim Sawer as a Partner in the Private Client Department—he joined the firm on Monday 30th October, 2006.

Jim Sawer celebrated 25 years in legal practice last month and specialises in constructive and imaginative succession and taxation solutions for business owner-managers and land owners. He has spent most of his career as a senior equity partner in two premier East Anglian firms, firstly Mills & Reeve and then as Head of the Private Client Department at Birketts. Jim has recently returned to legal practice following a fulfilling period as a freelance writer/broadcaster on Private Client issues.

As well as being a well-known university lecturer, Jim is also much in demand as a speaker on taxation and succession law issues. He regularly gives talks to business groups and the financial services industry and is recognised for his outstanding ability in making complex trust and tax issues understandable and inspiring to a non-legal audience.

He prefers not to compartmentalise Private Client law and sees advice on Private Client issues as an essential component of a comprehensive service to business and property clients. He has extensive knowledge of the practical, commercial and property issues facing families and their businesses. Jim’s particular expertise lies in the fields of Inheritance Tax and Capital Taxes, Equity and Trust, Probate and Succession Planning.

Royds’ Chairman, Christopher Wright, said: ‘Jim Sawer’s particular qualities, skills and experience dovetail neatly with the core elements of our successful Private Client practice. This will reinforce our reputation for excellence across all departments and is further evidence of Royds’ commitment to providing a top class Private Client service to our expanding commercial, entrepreneurial and charity client base.’

Royds is recognised as a leading firm for Private Client work with an established reputation. The Department is well-known for providing a comprehensive and efficient range of services that are carried out with sensitivity and discretion and cover all aspects and needs of the Private Client. Jim Sawer’s arrival will complement and extend all areas of Royds’ existing expertise in wealth protection, tax, probate, off-shore trusts and charities.

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