The Toronto Office


Succession planning. Tax efficiency. Asset protection. Trusts and foundations.

About Afridi & Angell Toronto

Afridi & Angell Professional Corporation (Toronto, Canada) is headed by James Bowden, and brings to our Canadian clients the highest standards of advice and client service for which Afridi & Angell is known.  The Toronto office specializes in private client issues and a range of corporate and commercial practice areas, listed below.


In addition to the Canadian private client and corporate/commercial practice, we also work closely with the Afridi & Angell offices in the UAE and are ideally placed to assist Canadian clients with UAE interests.


Afridi & Angell Professional Corporation (Toronto, Canada) is a separate legal entity from Afridi & Angell and neither entity is authorised to represent or bind the other.

A summary of Afridi & Angell Toronto's practice areas follows:

  • Estate planning advice and execution, using domestic and international structures
  • Onshore (Canadian) and offshore trusts and foundations
  • Asset protection strategies and structuring
  • Tax optimization (during life and on death)
  • Pre-immigration and emigration planning and advising on residency issues
  • Will preparation
  • Probate tax planning
  • Advising trustees, executors, beneficiaries, and advising on trust interpretation
  • Advising on international planning opportunities and vehicles, trusts and foundations
  • International residency options


For more information on the estate planning process, please download our brochure here.

Why Afridi & Angell ?

Service Levels

We know that technical expertise and “getting it right” is an entry requirement, not an accomplishment. That’s the minimum you should expect from any professional advisor. To be exceptional, we need to distinguish ourselves through our level and quality of service. We invest the time, effort and senior level attention it takes to ensure we do that, and will always aim to exceed your expectations.


Our Fees

We have long recognized that billing in 6-minute increments is not conducive to good work and good relationships. We normally work on  the basis of a fixed-fee, value-for-money approach to billing for our services. Our fees will be agreed with you up-front, openly and transparently.


Local Expertise, Global Reach

In the estate planning space, collaboration among different professionals is essential. They can include lawyers, tax advisors, relocation experts, insurance professionals, accountants, trustees, bankers, and others. Multi-discipline collaboration is especially important with tax-driven planning or international planning, and working with trusted, experienced professionals is essential to great service and successful execution. At Afridi & Angell, we have spent years cultivating our relationships with other professionals locally and worldwide to ensure that we can always assemble the best team to provide end-to-end support for virtually any wealth and estate planning needs, from the simple to the complex, from local to international. We have the expertise to plan and execute locally and globally, leveraging our network for your benefit whenever needed.

James Bowden

Managing Director

Afridi & Angell Professional Corporation

James is the founder and Managing Director of Afridi & Angell’s Toronto office, which primarily services the private client space in local and international estate planning, and creating structures using trusts and foundations. Areas of expertise include succession planning, the use of trusts locally and internationally, tax planning, asset protection, tax-driven changes in residency, and estate structuring.  The Toronto office also continues to provide corporate/commercial support in many instances.


James is well regarded by clients for his pragmatic approach, global reach and comfort level with cross-border work and issues, and service-oriented attitude.




  • Law Society of Ontario (barrister and solicitor)
  • Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (Ontario, Canada)




  • Executive MBA, Cambridge University, England, 2019
  • LLB, Queen’s University, Canada, 2004
  • BBA, Siam University, Thailand, 2001


"James is very personable, detail-oriented and commercial"

Chambers Global


"Fantastic- he is very solution-oriented, easy to talk to, and very business-savvy"

Chambers Global


"A very solid individual, responsive, trustworthy, and personal while also providing commercially, technically excellent and realistic advise"

Legal 500 EMEA


"Practical and knowledgeable"

Legal 500 EMEA