James Picken

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James Picken is a Barrister specialising in private family law and financial remedy proceedings. He was appointed as a Recorder of the Family Court (Midland Circuit) in January 2016.

James’ specialism is financial remedy proceedings and his practice encompasses all aspects of such proceedings concerning married and unmarried couples.  James has appeared both at first instance and on appeal in such matters.

James is instructed in all types of private law proceedings and particularly in cases of legal and factual complexity.  Such issues often involve applications relating to surrogacy, or those seeking the international relocation of children, whether on a permanent or temporary basis to non-Hague Convention countries, disputes as to the habitual residence of children, or relocation within the jurisdiction.


LLB (Hons)


Family Law Bar Association


James was appointed as a Recorder of the Family Court (Midland Circuit) in January 2016.


Chambers & Partners 2022: “He gives good, common-sense advice. He’s involved early on in the overall strategy and decision-making, and his advocacy and paperwork are very good.” “James is a gentleman in his representation of a case, but this is combined with tenacity, determination and flawless advocacy.”

Legal 500 2022:  “James is a consummate professional. He is always calm, remaining un-flustered, rational and strategic irrespective of how difficult the case.”

Chambers and Partners 2021: “My barrister of choice for matrimonial matters. He is very good at keeping clients at ease with his manner, while his impressive legal knowledge makes him the perfect choice in tricky and complex financial cases.” “He provides fantastic attention to detail and his technical drafting is excellent.”

Legal 500 2021: “Extraordinarily calm and dignified, he conducts himself with composure, whilst articulating his argument with precision and flair.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “He is well prepared and his conferences are structured and cover every aspect of the client’s case. His manner is calm and approachable. He takes the time to explain matters thoroughly to clients.” “He’s experienced in dealing with ancillary relief cases, and has a calm and thorough approach with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2019:  “Renowned for his attention to detail in financial matters.” “A reassuringly excellent barrister. You know that the case is immaculately prepared and his understated demeanour means that he engenders trust easily.” “He grasps issues quickly and has fantastic drafting skills.”

Chambers & Partners 2018: “He is softly spoken but has steel running through him; he is so effective and really impressive.”  “Displays fantastic attention to detail and his technical drafting is excellent.”

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