James Cunningham-Davis, LL.B (Hons.), FCSI

Career History

In 1993 James joined an Isle of Man Solicitors practice, which became the Isle of Man branch of Appleby (formerly Appleby, Spurling & Kempe). The original Solicitors practice had an associated Isle of Man company and trust service provider where James was a senior member of the team.  In 1994 James was appointed Managing Director of an Isle of Man based company and trust service provider and in 2016, he was one of the founders of Cavendish Fiduciary Services Limited in Ireland.

Responsibilities and Experience

James is a Director of Cavendish Fiduciary (Jersey) Limited.

James has over twenty five years’ experience in the offshore arena and has responsibility for a significant portfolio of global clients.

During his many years working within the international legal, corporate and trust service sectors, James has gained specific expertise in the following client facing areas:

  • Holding fiduciary roles on complex, tax driven structures including all levels of property holding structures, including transactions in excess of £150m and trading operations, including major European operations with turnover in excess of £150m
  • Holding directorships and company secretarial roles of both PLUS markets and AIM quoted companies. With specific involvement, from the initial seeding of the companies and progressing through IPO and thereafter maintaining registration on the respective markets.  Also dealing with de-listing from PLUS to re-list on AIM and in various reverse takeover situations.
  • Undertaking the onerous role of personal Trustee on a number of trusts
  • Experience in all aviation structuring matters including commercial aviation leasing finance and securitisation, EU VAT importations and private aircraft registrations


In 1992 James graduated from University of Buckingham LL.B(Hons).   James was admitted as Solicitor of England and Wales and as a Registered Legal Practitioner in the Isle of Man in 1995 and as a (non-practicing) Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland in 1998.   In 2008 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Securities Institute.  He is also a member of the International Compliance Association.

Contact Details

Email:    jcd@cavendishjersey.com
Phone:    +44 (0) 1 534 888860