Company

Forsters

Position

Partner

Index

Cryptocurrency

Location

United Kingdom

Middle East

Advice type

Crypto-assets strategy

Asset Class

Cryptocurrency

James Brockhurst

Spear's Review

As well as advising a host of UHNWs and family offices on succession and governance policies, Forsters partner James Brockhurst is widely regarded for his expertise on digital assets. The author of the 2023 book Cryptoassets for Private Clients, Brockhurst says that the advisory industry needs to catch up from a legal perspective, with many firms still ‘grappling with the nature of blockchain’.

Client are sometimes unfamiliar with the help legal advisers can provide. ‘A lot of the early adopters of digital assets are hostile to the idea of having a trustee: "Why should I hand over my assets to you?" To that I would say, there are solutions – you can structure things through a foundation or a private trust company where you can sit on the board, so you do have that level of control.’

In addition to helping UK-based HNWs with their tax affairs, Brockhurst frequently travels to the Middle East in his private client work. 

Rank: Top Recommended

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