Trevor James

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According to Trevor James, the high point of his career, spanning more than 20 years, was 4 December 2008 when he became the London Managing Partner at the London office of leading US law firm Morrison and Foerster, one of the 30 largest law firms in the world.    

On that day Trevor also made UK history by becoming the first black Managing Partner of such an international firm. He described it as a “fantastic honour”.

Trevor is a corporate and international tax law expert and has advised international banks, public and private companies, venture capital houses, hedge funds as well as high net-worth individuals in relation to the acquisition and disposals of companies and business assets.

He also has extensive experience in advising multi-national companies on international structuring and tax efficient intellectual property rights structures. In addition, Trevor has particular expertise advising on the tax aspects of private equity and Mergers and Acquisitions and employee equity participation strategies and advises a number of global banks and financial institutions on capital markets transactions.

He graduated in Law from the University of Essex in 1986 and did his training at a small City law firm, Rosling King, qualifying as a solicitor in 1989. On qualification he joined Addleshaw Goddard (then known as Theodore Goddard) and completed his Master of Laws in Taxation at King’s College, University of London, in 1990. Trevor left the firm for DLA Piper in 1995, became a partner two years later and was promoted to Head of its London Tax Group in 2000. He then joined Bird & Bird in 2001, subsequently becoming the Joint Head of its International Tax Group, until leaving for Morrison Foerster as a partner in 2005.  

Trevor is a frequent speaker at public seminars on a wide range of corporate tax subjects. He is involved - and indeed takes a hand-on approach - in many of Morrison Foerster’s Corporate Social Responsibility work.

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The Legal History and The Solicitors sections.