Kevin Harris-James

Kevin Harris-James


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Kevin has been practicing family law since 1993,  He joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys as the Head of Family Law for Birmingham . Kevin’s main base is our Birmingham Office.

Kevin is registered with the Football Association as an approved Solicitor, and is regularly called upon by professional footballers and their wives/partners to advise pre-marriage or upon relationship breakdown.

Areas of expertise:

Kevin specialises in the follow areas of family lawL500

Reported Court of Appeal cases:

Memberships and Achievement:

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Midlands Family Lawyer of the Year in 2005
  • Midlands Solicitor of the Year in 2010.
  • Co-author of ‘International Aspects of Family Law (2nd edition)

Outside Interests:-

Passionate about motorbikes – regular visitor to the Isle of Mann TT, and currently the proud owner of a Ducatti 793 Hypermotard

Kevin is a Trustee of Love Underdogs (a dog rehoming charity) and Hauser Bears (a bear rescue charity). Animal welfare is a longstanding issue

Full time Husband to Christine and father to Julian and Joshua. The HJ family is also made up of Basil (Border Collie) and Bella (Parsons Russell Terrier) – both rescue dogs – and finally Chester (rescue cat)

Testimonials and Recommendations:-

The prestigious independent legal directory, the ‘Legal 500′, describes Kevin as a “highly competent solicitor“, “a leading light” providing “a prompt, methodical and economic service to clients“.

He is ranked as a 1st rate lawyer by the directory, and noted as “a tough negotiator and fearless litigator“. He is diligent and pragmatic in the representation of his clients.

Chambers & Partners legal directory describes Kevin “as a no-nonsense lawyer who litigates at the highest level. He is straight-talking and thorough, while also being sensitive to clients’ needs.

Watch below for KHJ Legal Commentator opposite Beverley Gallagher discussing the implications of the Ray Parlour divorce for financial settlements generally.

Watch below for KHJ and Jonathan Brew discussing Pre and Post Nuptial agreements.

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Kevin Harris-James – Chambers & Partners 2018

Kevin Harris-James (Band 2 – Family/Matrimonial – Birmingham and surrounds) maintains an impressive track record representing clients in heavy-duty financial disputes. Market commentators regard him as “one of the fiercest litigators in the area,” who “fights vigorously for his clients and achieves outstanding outcomes.”

Family/Matrimonial – Hereford, Worcester and Surrounds – Chambers & Partners 2016

Kevin Harris-James maintains his healthy reputation for handling high-profile family finance cases. Clients state: “He is outstanding: always approachable, understanding, dedicated and reliable.”

Family law – Birmingham: Legal 500 Rankings 2016

Kevin Harris-James heads the department at Harrison Clark Rickerbys; he specialises in assisting professional footballers with marital issues. Birmingham-based associate Anna Taylor is also recommended.

Family Law – Client

I just want to thank you for everything.

With the Children Act proceedings – thank you for a fantastic result that does mean the world to me. Without your commitment and endeavour I may not have my children so prominently in my life. A heartfelt thank you, it chokes me writing that.

Thank you also for your best efforts in the Financial Remedy proceedings. The support and counselling you provided me with was invaluable. Your guidance and solid advice helped me understand the bigger picture. I was very pleased with the outcome in the end.

Mr H

Kevin Harris-James – Chambers and Partners 2016

Kevin Harris-James handles a range of domestic and cross-border family law, covering both children work and finance matters. Commentators describe him as “a very good tactician who will think out of the box,” noting that “he has a way with clients that is absolutely magic.”

Kevin Harris-James – The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015 rankings

Kevin Harris-James is recommended.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015 rankings

Event – Cricket Day

James & Kevin

Chris and I would like to thank you for your kind invitation and wonderful hospitality yesterday. We both truly enjoyed the afternoon and met some great people.

Again thank you very much and we look forward to working closely with you going forward.


Event – Cricket Day

Kevin, James 

Just a quick email to say thank you very much for your hospitality yesterday.

It was a fantastic event, very well organised and a great day all round.

Mr A

Kevin Harris-James – Chambers and Partners 2015

Kevin Harris-James has a distinguished reputation for representing high-profile clients, with a particular niche acting for Premier League footballers and their families. He is commended for his pragmatism and individual service. One client reports: “His experience and genuine care provide reassurance to all concerned.”

Chambers and Partners 2015

Kevin Harris-James – Matthew Marsden (Hollywood actor)

Kevin has been my personal lawyer for over 13 years. I could give a long list of the varied services he has provided in that time, but I think it is best to summarize him and his work in two words. The best.

Matthew Marsden

Kevin Harris-James – The Legal 500 Rankings 2014

Kevin Harris-James is ‘efficient and fair and has a great way of dealing with people’

Kevin Harris-James – The Legal 500 Rankings 2014

Kevin Harris-James – Family, Sport and Property Law

I have called on the services of Kevin Harris-James on many occasions during the ten years in which I have known him. He has a deep understanding of the world of football, and his experience of working with football clubs, managers and players has given him a breadth of knowledge that is widely respected. Kevin maintains confidentiality regarding client information, displaying honesty and integrity. He responds and completes a very timely manner, demonstrating skills in many areas – those called upon by us are particularly those of family law, sport law and property law.

Lorna McClelland
Player’s Personal, welfare and Liasion officer
Aston Villa Football Club

Kevin Harris-James – Family Law

“I cannot thank Kev enough for getting me through a very difficult divorce. He was gigantic in his representation of me. I am delighted we remain such good friends to this day.”

Lee Hughes, former Professional Footballer: Kidderminster, WBA, Coventry City, Notts County, Port Vale and currently Forest Green (

Kevin Harris-James – Family Law

“The only way I can describe Kevin is Premier League. He was fantastic throughout my divorce. What impressed more than anything was his ability to deliver straight-forward legal and pragmatic advice in simple language no matter how complex the issues I faced.”

Mike Stowell, First Team Goalkeeping Coach at Leicester City FC (

Kevin Harris-James – Chambers and Partners 2014

“What sets Kevin apart is his bedside manner. He has the amazing gift of being able to change his approach given the personalities he is dealing with.”

Chambers and Partners 2014

Kevin Harris-James – Legal 500 2013

Kevin Harris-James is ‘very experienced’

The Legal 500 2013

Kevin Harris-James – Family and Divorce Law

Kevin Harris James is a highly experienced family lawyer who is expert both in children law and financial remedies. He has the rare gift of being able to make his clients feel very special, also that he understands sensitively their concerns and worries in all respects both at the beginning of and during a case. He has acted in many mega – money disputes in the divorce arena, also in some hugely traumatic child cases to great effect over the decades. He habitually puts together a talented back up team and makes gifted use of other professionals, including counsel and forensic accountants, when this is necessary. Kevin is also a very sensible and creative negotiator, thinking “out of the box,” when obvious solutions appear difficult.

Michael V Sternberg QC MCI Arb FRSA
Barrister; Mediator; Collaborative Lawyer and Arbitrator.


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