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Barrister Jim Hirschmann has a practice 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 (including claims under the Human Rights Act 1998).
 
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. 

Public
 
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.
 
Family
 
Jim 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 his clients to ensure that cases are well prepared.  
 
Education 

2017 - 2018 University of Law, BPTC: Very Competent (called to the Bar July 2018)
 
2016 - 2017 University College London, LLM Public Law: Merit 
 
2011- 2015 University of Westminster, LLB European Legal Studies: First Class Honours
 
2013 - 2014 Erasmus, Free University of Berlin: First Class Equivalent (Averaged ECTS Grade A)
 
Prizes
 
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)
 
Mistress of the Shield’s Award, London Universities Mooting Shield (2012 - 2013)
 
Winner, Westminster Stone Chambers Mooting Competition (2012 - 2013)
 
Finalist, Inner Temple IV (2018); Lincoln’s Inn Debating Shield (2017); New College of Humanities Debating Open (2015); Tilbury House Debating IV (2014)
 
Languages
 
English (Native)
German  (Conversational)  

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