James Picken

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Private Law Children

Private Law Children

James is instructed in all areas of private law and particularly in cases of legal and factual complexity.  Such issues often involve applications relating to surrogacy, 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.

James’ private law practice regularly involves intractable disputes and implacably hostile parents, where there are allegations of violence, non-accidental injury or sexual abuse and where the court is considering transferring where a child lives from one carer to another.

James regularly acts in applications for specific issue orders relating to children undergoing medical procedures, where matters of religion or schooling are in dispute, or where there are issues as to the name by which a child should be known.

In private law proceedings James represents parents, other family members and children, either directly or through their rule 16.4 Guardian.

James is able to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis.


LLB (Hons)


Family Law Bar Association


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


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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