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James Goodwin


Inner Temple 2008




  • 1st Class LL.B (Hons)
  • MA International Law
  • Kalisher Scholarship Prize Winner
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James specialises in Family Law, regularly representing Local Authorities, Parents and Children and is noted, by his instructing solicitors, to have a particular ability with clients requiring high levels of attention and care.

James is regularly instructed in complex cases. Recent instructions have included cases involving allegations of severe child abuse and neglect, fabricated and induced illness, serious sexual abuse, including historic sexual abuse, catastrophic brain injury cases, fractures, burn injuries, failure to thrive and death.  

James is instructed by several Local Authorities to advise on areas of law, most recently on a complex Designated Authority argument.

James’ expertise covers all aspects of adoption law and private law, including removal from the jurisdiction, internal relocation cases, findings of fact in relation to sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse. James’ experience in private family law matters is extensive. He has achieved successes during difficult and protracted cases and has a particularly high success rate.

Although James now practices solely in Family Law, he gained his advocacy experience in the criminal courts and as former head of the Prison Law Team. James regularly conducted lengthy trials in the Crown Court, including being led on a high profile murder re-trial and successfully representing a number of high-profile prisoners, receiving nationwide media attention.

Areas of Practice

Public Family Law

Private Family Law

Divorce and Financial Remedy

Recent Notable Cases

Re: J (2016) – representing a child in a case of historic sexual abuse.

Re: N (2016) – representing a mother in a three week finding of fact hearing facing allegations of fabricated or induced illness.

Re: K (2016) – representing a child in the High Court, seeking guidance under the inherent jurisdiction in relation to the non-disclosure of information to another party.

Re: J (2016) – representing a Local Authority in proceedings relating to the near death of a child from shaking related injuries.

Re: M (2015) – successfully representing a mother facing serious allegations of factitious induced illness, resulting in the child remaining in the mother’s care.

Re: G (2015) – representing a parent facing allegations of causing fractures to a child’s arm and leg.

Re: M (2015) – representing a father facing allegations of sexual abuse against his four year old daughter in private law proceedings.

Re: A (2014) – representing a parent in the High Court during a three week finding of fact hearing relating to catastrophic brain injuries to a child, including multiple complex health needs as a result having an autosomal recessive condition.

Re: A (2014) – representing a Local Authority in three parallel proceedings involving three generations of a family including a twelve year old mother.

Re: G (2013) – being led in the High Court during in a six week finding of fact hearing concerning infant death.

Re: L (2012) - being led in the High Court in a five week fact finding hearing where the child had suffered subdural brain injuries and which involved issues around the parents’ consanguinity.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

North Eastern Circuit


The Process of Reform within Private Law Children, November 2013

Training & Seminars

James presents and contributes to a number of seminars to solicitors and other professionals in Family law and Court of Protection, most recently the Chambers Court of Protection and Adult Social Care talks held across Yorkshire and the Humber. James has recently held lectures on Statement Drafting for Social workers and Relocation update for The PLO outline to Local Authorities solicitors. For further information contact Events@no37.co.uk

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