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I am the Regional Managing Partner in Chichester, and I work with clients to resolve disputes about Wills, Estates or Trusts. I advise individual beneficiaries and professional trustees or executors and can offer innovative solutions enabling both private individuals or trustees with a cash poor trust to fund expert legal advice.
I have expertise in dealing with:
I am also an expert in disputes involving the affairs of the elderly and vulnerable such as financial abuse cases. Where previous advisors, financial or legal, have made mistakes I can assist in the rectification of the situation and any claim for compensation.
"The practical, approachable and sensible Paula James leads the team" and is "a very savvy litigator" – Legal 500 2016
I embarked on a career in law following a year in the USA working for law firms involved in disaster claims. I enjoyed the investigative side in the search for evidence and the testing of the opponent’s evidence and my tenacious nature propelled me into a career putting my client’s best case forward and reaching the best possible solutions to a dispute.
The success of a difficult or long fought out case is extremely rewarding particularly when exceeding our client’s expectations both in terms of excellent service levels and financial compensation.
I enjoy sailing dinghies in the beautiful surroundings of Chichester harbour. In the winter I love skiing but for the most part I am mum to two teenagers.
“It’s an honour to be able to provide this record donation to a truly fantastic cause in our local community.
“Last year we celebrated 20 years of the IMCF and I am delighted that thanks to the creativity and generosity of Irwin Mitchell employees, we made our anniversary year a record breaking one.
“Everyone at IM is passionate about giving back to the communities we operate in and making a real difference to the lives of those supported by our Charities of the Year.
“We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved last year. Hearing how Dementia Support is going to use the donation, and the positive impact that will have on people living with the condition, is spurring on our staff to think of bigger and better ways to fundraise for the charity once again this year.”
“The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have helped a number of incredible causes along the way.
“Everyone at the office agreed that we wanted to keep Dementia Support as a charity for another year so we can continue to support them while the hub opens its doors to the public and is in its infancy. It has been wonderful to see the hub coming together over the last few years and we cannot wait to see how this new purpose built centre will help improve the lives of those living with dementia in the area going forward.”
“Stephen’s varied litigation background is a fantastic addition to the Chichester team, which handles contentious trust and probate work from clients across the South of England.
“It’s great to see that we’re attracting both new talent and experienced lawyers to our nationally recognised team. Our recent appointments serve to highlight the fact that Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth is a great place to work and that our team is well respected across the country.”
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