James Cranfield

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LLB (Hons) Wales; BVC Inns of Court School of Law
Year of call and Inn: 
2002; Inner Temple
Professional Membership: 
Recorder (Family)
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James is Head of the Child Law Team. He joined Chambers in 2008 having successfully built a combined family and criminal law practice. He has practised exclusively in family law since that time, utilising the skills developed as a jury advocate to great effect in representing parents and local authorities alike.

His experience as a criminal practitioner, particularly in relation to cases involving serious violent and sexual offences, makes him a natural choice for instruction in matters involving the most serious of fact findings and associated Police investigations.

James was appointed a Recorder in 2019.


"He has a nice manner with clients by being really calm, reassuring and unflappable. He really puts his heart into the case and has a persuasive style in court." "He was very impressive and able to build a good rapport with clients."
Chambers and Partners 2022

"A barrister with a sharp intellect. He is very eloquent and a brilliant cross-examiner in the courtroom."
Legal 500 2022

"An excellent advocate with good attention to detail. He brings a forensic approach to cases which is sometimes lacking in others. He always has a clear grasp of the issues and can be relied on to present any case strongly. I have no hesitation in briefing him on any case including the more complicated cases involving silks."
Legal 500 2021

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