James Turnbull LLB.

Chief Executive

James PhotoJames has a law degree and is enrolled as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

He has practiced in the areas of trusts and estate planning and in addition he has worked for many years in private banking and as an investment manager. James brings us practical experience with Trusts.  This includes knowledge of strategies that solve client problems, and the legal issues around trusts in other jurisdictions.

James has lived in the Czech Republic for 10 years.  He is married, has two young children and lives in Slany, near Prague.


Ing. Martin Strnad

Trust Manager

Martin PhotoMartin works with our clients and their lawyers to recommend the best solutions for their situation. He has had many years of experience dealing with clients and with business projects in financial markets. He enjoys communication with people and finding solutions to meet client needs.

Martin spends his free time with his family - he has three children – playing sport or reading a book.


Mgr. Eva Hrušková


Image of EvaEva is a graduate of the faculty of law at Charles University. She is responsible for managing our relationships with clients and for the ongoing administration of Trusts.

After graduation Eva worked and travelled extensively in both the USA and Canada, and since joining our team has developed an in-depth knowledge of svěřenské fondy and especially their technical and legal aspects.

She comes from Jablonec nad Nisou and in her spare time she is an enthusiastic skiier and plays the guitar - she spent two semesters at the Jezkova Conservatory in Prague.





In addition to our core team, we work very closely with independent consultants: 


JUDr. Barbora Bednaříková


Barbora has a doctorate of laws and, as the author of Svěřenské fondy - Institut pro uchování a převody rodinného majetku is one of the Czech Republic's leading experts on trust law, both in the Czech and international context.

JUDr. Barbora Bednaříková completed internships at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, DC, and a Spanish law firm specialising in real estate and its management. She sepcialises on the history and functioning of Anglo-American trusts and now focus on Czech Trusts and thier uses.

Barbora enjoys photography


Mgr. Barbora Šimarová

Legal Adviser

Image of BarboraBarbora is not directly a part of the our team but works closely with us She handles legal work that clients' lawyers are unable to deal with, and ensures the document templates we use comply with Czech law.

Before founding Barlens, her own legal practice, Barbora spent four years at Havel, Holásek & Partners and almost three years at Norton Rose.  She primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and employment law, but Barlens provides a comprehensive range of legal services targeted at the needs of companies and entrepreneurs. 

In her spare time she is passionate about greyhounds, and when she's not working, she can be found outdoors, walking her dogs.