Paralegal, Tax & Corporate Governance Research & Training

Following a career of more than forty-five years in international business, Dr James Green is now available to undertake research and report writing on a freelance or interim basis.

Since qualifying as a tax attorney in the early 70's James has been an offshore trust administrator, broadcaster, book publisher (with offices in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA) and having sold his publishing business “to Americans with more money than sense” went on to establish an international fiduciary and corporate service business in the late 1980's with offices in London, Geneva, the Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Dublin and Amsterdam.

Over several decades he has also been a non-executive director of several listed and unlisted companies in the UK and Europe and, although his experience is clearly very much broader, he is widely known and respected as an advisor to UK and international clients on corporate governance, the structuring or restructuring of businesses in a tax efficient manner, and in dealing with issues such as financing, transfer pricing, VAT, and profit repatriation.

James achieved Chartered Director status in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, a Member of the International Tax Planning Association, a member of the International Fiscal Association, and an Associate of the Institute of Financial Accountants. He has a Bachelor’s degree in European Literature, a joint Doctorate in Literature and Philosophy, and a postgraduate Certificate in Marketing from Cornell University Business School.

Having completed a law conversion course several years ago James recently commenced a Law Masters (LLM) degree in International Corporate Governance and International Commercial Law.

has written, edited or translated over 60 books on subjects ranging from taxation, to marketing, management, corporate governance, and politics - as well as occasional forays into poetry and biography. He is a regular contributor to a number of online and print journals dealing in business and politics, and provides several legal and accountancy practices with articles for their websites and newsletters.

He also has been, and still is, an advisor to many international bodies including the European Commission; the World Bank; the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation; the Institute of Directors; the British Chambers of Commerce, the Conservative Party; the Green Party (Scotland) and the Pacific Association of Tax Administrators.

Prior to relocating to the Isle of Man James was a member of the First Tier Tax Tribunal - a division of the UK High Court.

Recent assignments have included:

  • Provision of expert witness evidence in a case of breach of fiduciary duties;
  • Preparation of briefing for solicitors in a case of fraudulent trading;
  • Interviewing witnesses in a case of corporate fraud and drafting affidavits for barrister;
  • Successful appeal against HMRC refusal to allow Enterprise Allowance Relief;
  • Repayment of Inheritance Tax overpaid due to incompetence of solicitor;
  • Briefing report on taxation and corporate governance for board of a listed company;
  • Training for staff of Nominated Advisor firm in respect of corporate governance of London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (AIM);
  • Re-domicile of Caymans Investment Fund to EU country and subsequent listing on Frankfurt Stock Exchange;
  • Board Appraisals for UK NHS Trusts and Housing Associations;
  • Drafting of complex Shareholder Agreements and Articles of Association for a number of lawyers in several jurisdictions;
  • Advising Hedge Fund on defence against action taken by regulator;
  • Provision of advice, memoranda and legal opinions relating to tax and corporate governance for clients of several lawyers and accountants;
  • Provision of briefing notes for several MEP's and MP's;
  • Induction training for new non-executive directors;
  • Briefing notes for subscribing clients on recent and proposed legislation from UK, EU and other countries and international bodies including:
    • Base Erosion & Profit Shifting
    • Transfer Pricing
    • Diverted Profits Tax
    • Changes to EU VAT rules
    • Changes to the taxation of trusts
    • Ownership of UK residential property by companies, trusts and non-domiciled owners;
    • Global Transparency;
    • The Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership
  • Report on the establishment of a Joint Venture company to be registered as a broker with Lloyds of London;
  • Successful repayment of withholding tax from Poland (EUR 900,00);
  • Successful repayment of withholding tax from Bulgaria (EUR 600,00);
  • Successful repayment of withholding tax from the Netherlands (EUR 1,800,00);
  • Successful repayment of VAT from UK (GBP 540,000); 
  • General reports on business subjects for a variety of clients.
Whilst most of the work is carried out by James himself he does bring in specialist advisors where needed and also uses the services of several research staff to assist him - but always under his direct supervision. If necessary James can instruct barristers or advocates to represent clients where he does not have the right of audience in a particular court.

James Green & Co act for lawyers, accountants, fiduciaries and business owners or managers. To discuss how we could help you or your clients please make contact as shown below. Initial consultations are always free of charge and if we can't help you we will advise where you should go next. If you wish us to act for you we will issue a detailed engagement letter and advise the expected fee level.

Strategic International Tax Planning

12 Windsor Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3LB British Isles

T: 01624 616580