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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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  • 12/02/2019
    Another Set Of Dementia Friends Made At Irwin Mitchell's Chichester Office

    “I am delighted to see that more of our Irwin Mitchell solicitors have become Dementia Friends. So many people, including those in our office, have had their lives touched by dementia and Alzheimer’s which is why it’s a cause so close to our hearts. “With more fully trained Dementia Friends, our solicitors will better be able to support our clients and their families on how best to live with their new realities and what the most suitable choices for them are. “Having more Dementia Friends also supports our work with our Charity of the Year, Dementia Support, so that we’re making sure we can provide the best service possible to those in need.”

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  • 25/01/2019
    Chichester Lawyers Back Dementia Support For Third Consecutive Year

    “As a firm we have always been passionate about doing what we can to support important causes and organisations through the IMCF and the Charity of the Year initiative. “Dementia Support undertakes incredibly important work and we are very proud to be continuing our partnership with the charity for a third year. “Helping good causes is a core part of life here at Irwin Mitchell and we are excited about seeing just how much we can do for Dementia Support and our other chosen charities across the coming months.”

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  • 17/04/2018
    Dementia Support To Receive Record Donation From Irwin Mitchell

    “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.”

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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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