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About James

James Gribbin is a New Zealand qualified barrister and solicitor.

Before joining Winckworth Sherwood James practised as a solicitor at New Zealand private client law firm, Cone Marshall Limited, in Auckland. He has worked on a number of private client areas, including trust law, international and domestic tax law, and asset and estate planning.

James also has a passion for pro-bono legal services and in 2019 spent 3 months volunteering for Lawyers Without Borders in Nairobi, Kenya on projects covering counter-human trafficking and wildlife crimes.

Recent Experience

  • Legal opinion advising on the tax implications arising from the migration of a New Zealand testamentary trust, with assets in excess of US$10m, from New Zealand to the USA.
  • Restructuring of a HNW client’s structure from Europe to the USA with assets in several jurisdictions and valued in excess of US$400m.
  • Prepared submissions of New Zealand’s Trusts Bill; Remedial Tax Matters Bill; and Beneficial Ownership Register Discussion Paper.
  • Updated the New Zealand chapter of the sixth and seventh editions of the Private Wealth and Private Client Law Review.
  • Co-authored an article on the Trusts Bill featured in STEP’s international news digest and an article on the Honoris judgment published in STEP’s July 2019 journal.
  • Carried out investigative meetings with Kenyan government departments, INTERPOL, and international government aid programmes concerning gaps in the nation’s prosecution of human trafficking offences.

Career Experience

October 2019 to Present: Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

July 2019 to September 2019: Volunteer Lawyer at Lawyers Without Borders

January 2017 to June 2019: Solicitor at Cone Marshall Ltd