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).

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.


Jim Hirschmann's family law practice is broad, taking in both care proceedings, private children disputes and injunction applications under the Family Law Act 1996. He is regularly instructed in matters which involve allegations of serious domestic violence. In care cases he has experience of dealing with non-accidental injury cases and urgent applications under the inherent jurisdiction of the high court. He also takes instructions in court of protection cases relating to health and welfare and property and affairs, including deprivation of liberty orders, forced marriage protection orders and dissipation of assets.

Read more on his expertise profiles below.

Recent notable cases:

A v Z: Instructed by a local authority who sought a deprivation of liberty order. The case related to a young person who had run away from her care home and suffered significant harm after becoming involved with suspected members of a county lines network. The deprivation of liberty order was granted under the inherent jurisdiction of the high court.

B v Y: Instructed to act on behalf of a local authority who sought an emergency protection order. The case related to children who had been exposed to prolonged neglect. The order was granted.

E v F: Successfully appealed against a case management decision of Magistrates who wrongly (1) refused to admit evidence of a non-party witness and (2) changed their order after giving judgment.

A v B: Successfully represented a defendant to set aside default judgment that had been obtained by a major telecommunications company. In addition to the judgment being set aside, Jim obtained an order for costs.

B v C: Represented a mother in a forced marriage protection case that raised issues of capacity to marry, capacity to consent to sexual relations and the jurisdiction of the family court.

Re FL (a Child): [2020] EWCA Civ 20: As a pupil, assisted in the successful defence of a special guardianship order in favour of a maternal grandmother.

Care and adoption

Jim Hirschmann accepts instructions from local authorities, parents, wider relatives (including prospective guardians) and children who are involved in care proceedings. He has experience of cases involving non-accidental injury to the subject child. He is regularly instructed in cases involving the inherent jurisdiction of the high court often related to issues of forced marriage, deprivation of liberty and secure accommodation orders.

With a Master of Laws (LLM) in public law, he is well placed to consider challenges against the decisions of local authorities (including judicial reviews and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998).

Private law

Jim Hirschmann acts in private law applications representing clients in applications relating to arrangements for children under the Children Act 1989. He advises on residence, contact and other orders including, for example, orders relating to passports.

Jim has experience of all types of hearings, including fact finding hearings and multi-day final hearings. He is able to quickly appreciate the key issues and works closely with solicitors to ensure that cases are well prepared. His cases regularly concern allegations of serious domestic violence including of coercive and controlling behaviour.

Jim frequently acts for clients affected by domestic violence who are seeking or responding to an application for a non-molestation and/or occupation order under the Family Law Act 1996.


Jim Hirschmann is willing to act in financial remedy applications. He recognises the benefit to clients of having continuity of representation in determining both children and financial remedy matters.

Remote FDR Hearing Service

Jim Hirschmann is available for private remote FDR hearings. For more information on private remote FDR hearings please click here.

Court of Protection

Court of Protection (health and welfare)

Jim Hirschmann has experience in court of protection matters relating to capacity to consent to sexual relations and marriage.  He also has experience of cases involving deprivation of liberty orders including cases involving young people at risk of exploitation from their involvement with county lines.

Court of Protection (property and affairs)

Jim has experience acting in property and affairs matters involving allegations of dissipation of assets.

He is developing his court of protection practice and is keen to accept new instructions in both health and welfare and property and affairs decisions.

  • 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 Public Access scheme.

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