The Toronto Office

Bringing to our Canadian clients the highest standards of advice and client service for which Afridi & Angell is known.

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 follow:

  • 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.

James Bowden

Managing Director

Afridi & Angell Professional Corporation

James is an experienced transactional and corporate/commercial practitioner, having trained and practiced both in Ontario and with Afridi & Angell in Dubai for many years.  He is well regarded by clients for his pragmatic approach and commercial awareness, an ability to find practical solutions, and for his exceptionally service-oriented attitude. James represents clients of all sizes and across many industries.  He has developed significant subject matter expertise in a number of sub-specialisations, most notably private client work, both domestic and cross-border.


James spearheaded the firm’s initiative to establish its Toronto office, which he now heads, taking advantage of the firm’s many Canadian ties and bringing the Afridi & Angell service standard to Canadian clientele.




  • 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