james sawers
“If James is a reflection and example of your staff then the firm can be said to offer excellent professional support and advice.”.. “James is a voice of calm and reason, and instils 100% confidence.”

James Sawers

Partner, CEO and Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts Department

T: 01730 816711
E: JAS@macdonaldoates.co.uk


James is a Partner based at the Midhurst office. James is Head of the firm’s Wills, Probate and Trusts Department and  also Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for overseeing the management of the firm.

James is also the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and is responsible for all areas of compliance in the firm.

Work Areas

As Head of the Wills, Probate and Trusts Department, James advises on Inheritance Tax planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney and applications to the Court of Protection.

Career History

James grew up in the Midhurst area and went to school in Midhurst. He attended the University of Durham where he obtained a BSc in Mathematics. He subsequently attended the University of Westminster where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction.

He trained at MacDonald Oates and was admitted as a solicitor in 1997, becoming a Partner in 2001.

James passed the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma for England and Wales (Trusts and Estates) with Distinction, and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).


In his spare time James enjoys horse riding and good food. He is also company secretary of the community-owned Kirdford Village Stores.