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Paula James



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: 

  • Disputes between Trustees and Beneficiaries or between Executors and the Beneficiaries
  • Disputes over trust assets and estate assets
  • Issues over the distribution of a trust asset or estate assets
  • Guidance for Trustees or Executors
  • Property ownership Trust disputes
  • Claims against estates or Trusts
  • Disputes over the validity of Wills

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

What inspired you to get into law?

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.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

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. 

What do you do away from the office?

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.

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  • 23/01/2018
    Dementia Support To Benefit From Local Lawyers' Fundraising Initiative

    “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.”

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  • 11/07/2017
    Irwin Mitchell's Private Wealth Team Welcomes Second Senior Associate In Two Months

    “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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