Portrait of James Pullen

James Pullen

Year of Call 2012

Professional Practice

James is instructed across the full spectrum of family law work. He regularly advises and represents clients in both matrimonial finance and public and private law children matters. He has a particular interest in cases with an international element and has recently acted as junior counsel in Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 3519 (Fam), a two-week trial in the High Court concerning issue estoppel, jurisdiction and forum issues. James is now building a mixed practice in family law and has particular ability in financial matters, having previously worked in the banking department of an international law firm. He appears at High Court and County Court level, earning praise as a skilled and confident advocate.

  • Recommendations

    'James is an intelligent advocate who quickly gets to the root of a case. He is quick on his feet, highly persuasive, and a complete delight to work with.’
    Legal 500 2024
    “James is a strong junior counsel. He is commercial and has a good judgement call. He works tirelessly for his clients and is very approachable.”
    Andrew Breakwell - Shakespeares
  • Notable Cases

    • Chai -v- Peng
      [2014] EWHC 3519 (FAM)
    • Migliaccio v Migliaccio [2016] EWHC 1055 (Fam)
      [2016] EWHC 1055 (Fam)
      Read Judgment
  • Personal Information

    Prior to coming to the Bar James worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Madagascar where he gained a very good command of French. He is a Jules Thorn Scholar (Major Award) of Middle Temple. Away from work he enjoys cycling and windsurfing, particularly in far-flung places.


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple