Overview

Barrister Jim Hirschmann joined 3PB in August 2021 and practices in family, education and public law.

His family law practice is broad, taking in care proceedings, private children disputes and applications for injunctive relief where there are allegations of domestic violence. He also takes instructions in Court of Protection cases relating to health and welfare decisions, deprivation of liberty orders and forced marriage protection orders.

Jim also deals with a range of education law matters. In the context of secondary schools Jim has successfully represented children who were appealing the decision to exclude them from their school under the Education Act 2002. In Higher Education, he has experience relating to student disciplinaries, contractual disputes and governance (including of Students’ Unions).

Jim has a particular interest in Public Law, having experience in challenging the decisions of local authorities relating to public child law, homelessness, and other regulatory matters.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jim represented clients in the County Court in a variety of civil matters, and was also a Visiting Law Lecturer at the University of Westminster where he taught first year degree students.

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. When time allows he is often found attempting new creations in the kitchen.

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.

Education

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.

In Higher Education, Jim has experience of advising students and universities on student disciplinaries, contractual disputes and governance (including of Students’ Unions).

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

    Solicitor client

    "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.”

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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)

Scholarships

  • 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 Public Access scheme.

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