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Barrister Jim Hirschmann joined 3PB in August 2021 and practices in family, education and public law (see more details on his expertise in these areas below). He often acts for and against local authorities and has a particular interest in public law challenges that relate to his core practice areas.

Jim is hardworking, thorough and adept at explaining complex law in straightforward terms. This is reflected in comments from solicitors such as "a huge thank you for everything you have done on this case which went far and beyond" and comments from judges about Jim’s advocacy as “helpful” and “extremely clear.”

Outside of busy work demands, Jim enjoys sport with a particular interest in rugby, running and squash. He likes travelling and has an armchair interest in philosophy.

Jim is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Please contact him for a copy of his privacy notice which sets out the basis upon which any personal data he may collect about you, or that is provided to him, will be processed. He will provide a copy of this to you within two working days of receiving the request.


Jim Hirschmann's education law practice, in the context of secondary schools, has seen him successfully represent children who were appealing the decision to exclude them from their school under the Education Act 2002. He also has experience acting in appeals in the SEND Tribunal, often relating to Education, Care and Health Plans.

In higher education, Jim has experience of advising students and universities on student disciplinaries, contractual disputes and governance (including of students’ unions). As a solicitors’ agent he regularly attended county court hearings (completing 188 hearings prior to pupillage) and was regularly concerned with applications to set aside default judgment, strike out and case management hearings. He is therefore well placed to assist clients in managing their case through the civil courts and tribunals.

In a regulatory context he has experience of considering challenges to licensing decisions made by Ofsted. His experience in public child family means he is experienced in working for and against local authorities.

Recent notable cases:

A v B - Jim successfully persuaded an independent review panel that the decision to permanently exclude a pupil, due to gang-related violence, should be reconsidered as the school had not done enough to explore options other than expulsion.

B v C - Jim represented an international university facing a six-figure claim for breach of a franchise agreement and through written negotiations improved his client’s position by over £100,000.

C v D - Jim represented a student challenging the decision to suspend him from his university and successfully mitigated the sanction imposed.

  • Recommendations

    "A huge thank you for everything you have done on this case which went far and beyond".

    Solicitor client

    “Thanks for arranging Jim to cover the hearing yesterday. He was brilliant.”

    Solicitor client

    "Thank you so much.You have been absolutely fantastic.....You are very professional, very helpful and have guided me so well in this case."

    Lay client 


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Academic qualifications

  • University of Law, BPTC: Very Competent
  • University College London, LLM Public Law: Merit
  • University of Westminster, LLB European Legal Studies: First Class Honours
  • Erasmus, Free University of Berlin: First Class Equivalent (Averaged ECTS Grade A)


  • University of Law, Performance Award for top mark in the Judicial Review Module (2018)
  • University of Law, Master of Moots Advocacy Scholarship (2017)
  • Lincoln’s Inn, Hardwicke Entrance Award (2017)

Professional bodies

  • Attorney General’s ‘Junior Juniors’ Panel
  • Court of Protection Bar Association
  • The Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association

Direct Access

Jim Hirschmann is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Access (or Public Access) scheme.

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