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Family - Children

James Picken


Clerk Enquiries:


(Year of Call 2004)

Joined Chambers: 2006


LLB (Hons)


James’ public law practice encompasses cases where allegations include: causing the death of a child; suffocation; head and brain injuries by shaking and/or impact; multiple fractures and interfamilial and intergenerational sexual abuse of children. Such cases often involve conflicting medical evidence and James appears on his own or led by Queen’s Counsel. In addition, James is often instructed in complex cases where there are allegations of chronic neglect, drug and alcohol misuse and emotional abuse.

In such cases James acts for Local Authorities, adult Respondents, Interveners and children, whether by their Children’s Guardian or separately, at all stages of proceedings, including lengthy fact-finding and disposal hearings. James often represents vulnerable clients, including those who present with personality disorders or learning difficulties.

James has a particular interest in claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998 and experience of cases where substantial damages are sought from Local Authorities.

Private Law Children

James is also instructed in all areas of private law, in particular cases of particular legal and factual complexity. James’ private law practice involves international relocation of children, whether temporarily to non-Hague Convention countries, or on a permanent basis, and disputes concerning the habitual residence of children. James’ regularly receives instructions to represent children through their rule 16.4 Guardian.

Further Information:

James regularly lectures on current issues in public and private law. In addition to undertaking such lecturing at St Ives Chambers' seminars, James is often instructed to provide lecturing and training on specific matters at the offices of Local Authorities and firms of solicitors.


Family Law Bar Association

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