Practice Profile

A children’s law specialist, James’ practice includes public and private law children’s cases and cases concerning personal protection from domestic violence.


James was called to the Bar in 2001 and practiced as a family law specialist at 14 Gray’s Inn Square before joining Harcourt Chambers in 2010.




James specialises in all areas relating to children’s law and provides representation at all levels of court. 


In public law proceedings, James is regularly instructed by parents, extended family members, local authorities and children’s guardians.  He has experience of acting in cases involving issues of neglect, substance misuse and emotional abuse and also advises and represents clients in more complex cases involving allegations of non-accidental injury and sexual abuse.  He has acted for local authorities in Crown Courts concerning disclosure arguments relating to social services files.


In private law proceedings, James has in-depth experience of dealing with all Section 8 Children Act 1989 applications.  He is instructed in protracted and sensitive cases and has particular expertise in shared residence, special guardianship, intractable contact disputes and leave to remove from the jurisdiction.


He has extensive experience of representing parties in Family Law Act matters.


He regularly delivers training to social work professionals on aspects of the Children Act.




Family Law Bar Association


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Tel 0844 561 7135
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3 St Aldate's Courtyard,
38 St Aldate's, Oxford
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 0844 561 7135
Fax (01865) 791 585


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