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James Kirby

James Kirby joined Ten Old Square in October 2018 after successfully completing pupillage in Chambers.

James is a Chancery barrister who has experience across all areas Chambers’ expertise including Private Client, Capital Taxes, Partnerships & LLPs, Court of Protection and Charities. He appears regularly in the High Court, the County Court and the First-tier Tribunal.

Before becoming a barrister James was a Research Fellow in History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of a number of articles in leading historical journals, and of a book published by Oxford University Press.

Partnerships and LLPs

James has extensive experience of partnership and LLP matters. During his pupillage he sat with renowned partnership practitioners Jeremy Callman and Jonathan Gavaghan.

Recent highlights include:

  • Appearing as junior counsel in the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) in 5-day trials concerning corporate partner tax avoidance schemes
  • Drafting a letter before claim in a partner exit dispute in a major professional services firm
  • Drafting advice concerning partnership property
  • Drafting written submissions for arbitration in a partnership dispute


  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School (2017)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction; Equity & Trusts Prize), City Law School (2016)
  • Princess Royal Scholarships, Inner Temple (BPTC and GDL)
  • DPhil in History, Balliol College, Oxford (2014)
  • MSt in History (Distinction), Balliol College, Oxford (2011)
  • BA in History (First Class – highest in university), Balliol College, Oxford (2010)

Associations & Memberships

  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Founding committee member of the Court of Protection Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

For more information and advice


Call: +44 (0)20 7405 0758



Pricing Policy

Unless otherwise agreed my Clerk will calculate my fees based on my current hourly rate. My rates are reviewed annually and details can be obtained from my Clerk. Once a rate is set for any particular case the hourly rate will only ever be adjusted with express agreement between my Clerks and those instructing me. All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate where applicable.

James Kirby is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Council Ref 69244]. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/079] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 304589790.

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