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About Us

Welcome to Charis Life Planning Limited.

The Director of Charis Life Planning is James Tong (BA, LLB, AIPW). James is a Qualified (non practicing) Solicitor with over 14 years of legal experience. He qualified in New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2001 where he practiced in a wide range of areas including Family, (encompassing Property, Estate Planning and Inheritance issues), Civil Litigation, Criminal, and many others.

After watching the film “The Holiday” at Christmas in 2008, a plan was hatched to move to U.K. and literally within a few months along with his wife Rita, and their 2 children Dominic and Félicité, James emigrated the U.K.

Upon arrival in July 2009 James obtained employment as a Lawyer in a Local Authority in London and subsequently moved into private practice in December 2009, where he specialised in “Child Protection” and “Family Law”. Whilst practicing he achieved a number of goals including successfully completing the QLTT (The transfer examination), admission to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 2011, and appointment to the “Children Panel” enabling him to represent children and guardians in Family Court proceedings in 2013.

However changes to legal aid and the court systems meant that a number of solicitors were being made redundant, which unfortunately included James. Not wanting to remain in that unstable area of law he looked for other opportunities. It was then that he discovered a franchise opportunity with APS Legal & Associates. APS Legal & Associates are one of the larger specialist Estate Planning and Will writing practitioner firms in the UK. In 2015 he qualified as an associate of the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW) and joined as an associate with APS Legal & Associates.

Apart from James’ family his passions, in no particular order, include: Ska music, Chinese Cinema, Karate, Acting in the Wintershall Productions, Writing, and Property Investment.