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.

Public and Regulatory

Jim Hirschmann has a very strong public law and education law practice.

His public law practice has seen him successfully challenge the decisions of local authorities relating to public child law, homelessness and other regulatory matters.

He has a good education law practice, dealing with the full range of education law matters. More details of his caseload in this field can be seen in the separate tab below.

Recent notable cases

C v D - Jim successfully drafted grounds of appeal under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 with the result that the local authority conceded the unsuitability of the property offered and made an offer afresh.

E v F - Jim drafted correspondence on behalf of his client following a local authority’s failure to offer proper support to a special guardian. It resulted in an extensive training package being offered to his client and reconsideration of the financial support due.

 

 

  • 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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