‘ When a case is terribly interesting for a lawyer it’s a curse, because it’s usually horrific for everyone else involved,’ says James Freeman, who has had another busy year pursuing his specialism of complex cases on behalf of HNWs. His work may encompass anything from international issues, offshore assets and trusts to hidden assets and the construction of sophisticated financial settlements. He receives praise from colleagues. ‘He is a great tactician who drills down into complex situations with ease and aplomb,’ says one. Another praises his common sense and ‘outstanding ability to understand complicated business interests and financial arrangements’.