James Hargan

James Hargan.
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1988 - University of the West Midlands, LLB (Hons)

1989 - Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Finals


1990 - After pupillage, tenant at 10/11 Grays Inn Square, London

1991 - Tenant at 32 Park Square, Leeds (later 30 Park Square & Sovereign Chambers)

2004 - Tenant at Sovereign Chambers

2009-2012 - Joint Head of family team at Sovereign Chambers

2012 - Deputy Head of Sovereign Chambers

2015 - Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers


2018 - Assistant Coroner


Member of the North Eastern Circuit

Member of the Family Law Bar Association

Member of the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association.



James Hargan ‘He shows great attention to detail and a high level of client care’ – Legal 500 (2014)

James Hargan is a formidable and highly skilled advocate. His 20 years in practice provide him with a wealth of experience across a wide range of legal areas, as well as substantial experience in all courts up to the level of the Court of Appeal. He is especially experienced in matters coming before the High Court, and regularly appears against leading counsel.

He practises exclusively in family, civil and Court of Protection work, and has earned an enviable reputation for meticulous preparation and in-depth case knowledge, skilled drafting, and a polished performance in court. He is widely recognised as a trusted performer, known for his sound advice and approachability. He puts clients at ease.

Mental health/capacity

James is highly experienced in dealing with cases featuring mental health/capacity issues. He has particular expertise in cases concerning serious non-accidental injuries to children, and child deaths, and handles cases involving complex medical evidence from a wide range of medical and scientific disciplines.


He regularly lectures to other legal practitioners on developments in family law and non-family civil litigation. He also offers training to social-services professionals and solicitors in local authorities, covering topics such as the preparation of complex cases and courtroom skills.


James is happy to assist by email and telephone, and is flexible about arranging site visits and conferences to suit lay clients and instructing solicitors. He is IT literate and very adaptable in his working practices.

A strategic thinker and trusted performer, known for his approachability, sound advice and polished performance in court

Contact his clerk

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster  on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212

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