jason hadden MBE
jason hadden MBE
Welcome to my website and thanks for visiting.
I am a barrister, author, broadcaster and human rights campaigner. I have been a lawyer for over twenty years.
I am presently a barrister at St Ives Chambers where I specialise in family, civil and commercial litigation. In October 2015 I published a book for litigants in person to guide them through the Family Court.
Before transferring to the bar, I was a solicitor in private practice. I have also lectured UK and international lawyers about the law, advocacy, negotiation skills and litigation.
I set up a pro bono legal advice centre which provided free legal advice, research and assistance to clients. In 2006 I was awarded the Law Society’s YSG In House Pro Bono Lawyer of the year and in 2012 I received an MBE for my services to pro bono law.
I have given after dinner speeches at the International Convention Conference in Birmingham and I regularly provide legal analysis and commentary on radio. I write articles for newspapers, magazines and have interviewed many public figures.
In 2016 I was short-listed for Barrister of the Year in the Birmingham Law Society Awards.
I am regularly instructed to represent parties in private and public law cases relating to children. I have acted for a range of parties including:
I have experience of acting in the most serious of cases – where a local authority considers that children should be removed from the care of their parents and/or where a plan of adoption is being recommended to the court.
I have acted in complex multi-day cases relating to physical abuse, non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse. I have a forensic mind and meticulous approach to evidence and preparation of my clients’ cases.
I am a strong advocate on behalf of children. I have also acted in human rights cases where compensation is owed to children by the local authority.
One of my most recent successes was a case in Cambridge where I acted for the mother in care proceedings. The mother had her previous two children removed and placed for adoption. There seemed to be little hope for her third child who had already been placed in a fostering to adopt placement. A plan of adoption for the third child was supported by the local authority and the guardian. Through careful preparation and thorough cross-examination, I persuaded the court to give the mother an opportunity to parent her third child who returned to her care under a Supervision Order.
I recently challenged a local authority assessment of grandparents which ruled them out as carers for their grandchildren. The care plan for the children was adoption. The case had already reached a late stage and an adjournment seemed unlikely. However I persuaded the court that the assessment carried out by the local authority was flawed and that an independent social work assessment was necessary.
I am a robust advocate for the best interests of my clients and quickly develop a trusting relationship with them. I regularly receive repeat instructions from clients who feel that I am on their side. I am a tough negotiator in getting the best deal for my clients. I am clear and practical in my advice.
As a solicitor in private practice I became Head of Litigation. I was also in-house counsel for BT and specialised in dispute resolution. I therefore have substantial litigation experience in a wide range of areas such as personal injury, negligence, contract, neighbour disputes, housing and breach of statutory duties.
I cover traditional commercial and civil disputes but can also advise in relation to human rights, professional negligence, employment and judicial reviews. I also provide a comprehensive range of legal services to clients outlined on the right.
I pride myself on combining strong analytical skills with pragmatic advice and an emphasis on client care and approachability.
In many cases, barristers are now able to provide expert legal advice and representation rather than having to go through a solicitor or other intermediary. This is called public access.
Provided your case is suitable for public access, I accept instructions in all family, civil and commercial matters. I can assist with advice on a legal problem or litigation strategy, drafting of formal documents, correspondence with an opposing party, advocacy and representation in courts and tribunals.
I can provide you with clear, expert advice for a fixed fee. I am registered with the Bar Standards Board and have professional indemnity insurance.
If you would like me to represent you on a public access basis, you can email me directly at Jason.Hadden@stiveschambers.co.uk.
If you would to check whether your case is suitable for public access, the Bar Council has set out some guidance which sets out the details of the sort of work which a barrister is permitted to conduct without a solicitor being involved. Please click here to be taken to this guidance. If you have any queries or doubts about whether your case is suitable for public access, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I am an experienced radio broadcaster. One of my skills is thinking on my feet. For two years I was the radio lawyer on LBC in London. I gave legal advice to listeners during a live show each week on a wide range of legal issues and complaints. These ranged from questions about criminal law, disputes between parents, neighbour disputes and injunctions. The questions were completely random and great fun.
I regularly give interviews for the BBC, Talk Radio and independent commercial stations. I have given expert legal commentary on super injunctions, international copyright and sentencing of high profile celebrities.
I am also frequently asked by broadcasters to review the newspapers in a frank, and sometimes light-hearted, fashion.
In addition to my legal expertise, I have an in depth knowledge of politics, having stood as a parliamentary candidate in 2010. I provide insightful political commentary in straightforward language. I am also known for my controversial views.
Listen to some of my recent broadcasts and interviews here.
I am passionate about access to justice. The cuts to legal aid have left many people without the resources, both financially and personally, to put their cases properly through the Court process which can be a particularly distressing and intimidating process.
I therefore decided to write a how-to book to provide a straightforward and concise guide for litigants in person. My co-author, Rhiannon Davies, was a family barrister for over 10 years and was appointed as a District Judge in 2016.
One of the aims of the book is to de-mystify the legal process and put litigants in person on an equal footing, if possible, with their opponent. It encourages transparency and fairness which are crucial to the reputation of the legal profession.
The book was published in October 2015 and has been reviewed in the Law Society Gazette and the New Law Journal.
I have spoken on BBC Radio about the book and it has been positively reviewed by purchasers. For example, one review stated that the book is “engaging and appropriately pitched, its clear and user friendly content has something to offer readers of all abilities”. Another stated that “using any of the advice given in the book is easy and also effective and to the point”.
If you would like to purchase the book, please click here.
I write legal articles and opinion pieces for the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the Legal Executive Journal. I have also written for the Times and Daily Mirror.
I have interviewed a host of public figures including Baroness Kennedy, Cherie Blair, Jeffrey Archer, Sir John Mortimer, Baroness Hale, Esther Rantzen, George Galloway, Lord Woolf, Shami Chakrabati, Angela Canning, David Soul, Constance Briscoe, Enoch Powell, Lord Faulkner, Douglas Hurd, Lord Bingham, Sunny Jacobs and Billy Moore.
I regularly undertake book, theatre and holiday reviews for magazines.
In 2008 I visited Columbia with the Law Society to monitor the human rights abuses faced by legal professionals. I was part of an international caravana of lawyers which met lawyers and took testimony from human rights defenders at risk.
Columbia is an extremely dangerous country to be a lawyer and uphold the right of access to justice. Between 2002 and 2012, there were over 4,400 incidents against lawyers and over 400 lawyers have been killed in Columbia since 1991. On average one lawyer is killed every month.
Columbia is not alone in international countries where lawyers and human rights defenders are displaced, missing, tortured or murdered. Haiti, Iran, North Korea, Honduras and China are amongst other countries which have questionable reputations for human rights abuses against lawyers.
As a consequence of my visit to Columbia, I set up the @tweetlawfeet campaign to raise awareness about such abuses. I have over 20,000 followers. I tweet daily about human rights abuses and wider issues which are of interest to the legal community.
Visit our twitter page @tweetlawfeet