James Skellorn


James Skellorn is the senior partner at Barker Gotelee and is head of the private client team. He was a founding partner and has practiced law for over thirty years.

James’ expertise is in tax planning and trusts. He specialises in the following areas:

  • Providing tax and financial advice to farmers, land and business-owners
  • Tax advice
  • Wills and probate
  • Setting up and managing trusts
  • Wealth management and asset protection

James advises on passing the business on to the next generation, issues involving existing trusts and disputes about estates and trusts.

James says:
“Barker Gotelee was founded as a niche, out of town, practice, providing specialist advice to the agricultural, road-haulage and business communities and I am delighted with how the firm has progressed and that it has become so well-respected over the years. My partners, colleagues and I work extremely hard to provide the top-quality service our clients both expect and deserve and shall continue to do so in the future”.

Clients say:

The issues we faced in gaining a fair and satisfactory outcome were complex, multifaceted and presented many challenges along the way.  The positive outcomes achieved for us in this matter by James and his colleagues were significant to our family, and resulted in the very satisfactory conclusion to a lengthy and vexing dispute”.

“May I take this opportunity to thank you very much for all your help over this matter, which was by no means uncomplicated but which came right in the end. I appreciate very much your calm assistance”.

“I have been dealing with Barker Gotelee for some years in all areas and I have found their service most efficient.  I have dealt with James Skellorn in the main and he has given me some excellent advice for which I am most grateful”.

“During my time as client of Barker Gotelee, James Skellorn has helped me with wills, inheritance tax, trusts and business partnership spanning two generations of my family. What I have valued most is his consistent high degree of professionalism, up-to-date knowledge, speed in concluding matters and the utmost integrity. This is why I have been very happy to be a client of Barker Gotelee for over 24 years”.


The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500 2017

Senior partner James Skellorn leads a team of seven fee earners and is praised for his ‘knowledge, clarity and integrity’.

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