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Paul Im Thurn

Year of Call: 2012


Paul’s family law specialism is enriched by two decades working in civil and welfare law. Recommended in the Legal 500, Paul deals with the full range of family matters in Finance and Children Law. He also accepts instructions in Court of Protection and Mental Health.

Family and Finance

Paul's family law practice spans children and finance, as well as more unusual cases involving divorce itself, annulment, the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, forced marriage and the Court of Protection.

His public law practice has grown rapidly, and he is now regularly instructed by local authorities in contested care and adoption matters, as well as acting frequently for mothers, fathers, and children. He is also an experienced private law advocate, dealing with the complexities of flight risk and enforcement in cases that feature cross-border issues.

His past experience in property and chancery bring useful strengths to Paul's finance practice, equipping him to negotiate effectively at FDR hearings as well as seeing matters through to final hearings.

Court of Protection

Paul has considerable experience of advising and assisting clients with mental health problems, whether arising out of learning disability, acquired brain injury or mental ill health.

He accepts instructions both in the mental health tribunal and the Court of Protection.

Public Access

Paul accepts Family Law instructions on a Direct Access basis for appropriate cases. Please refer to the below pricing range for their services; this is subject to case type, complexity and seniority or experience of the barrister. Accurate quotes will be provided prior to commencement of the work involved.


Conferences: £250 -£650 + VAT
Directions/Review Hearings, FHDRA's & DRA's:£500 -£1000 + VAT
FDA Hearings: £500 - £1000 + VAT
FDR Hearings: £1000 - £2000 + VAT
Full day hearings: £1000 - £3000 + VAT
Refreshers: £750 - £1500 + VAT
Half day hearings:£750 - £1500 + VAT
Advice & Preparation (Hourly): £150 - £250 + VAT

*These price ranges are based on local courts; other courts will incur a travel charge. Please contact our Senior Family Clerk, Courtney (, for more information.*

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Top Ranked in Legal 500 2021:
Paul Im Thurn is recommended in the Legal 500 for his Family practice, 'Knowledgeable' former solicitor Paul Im Thurn has experience in child abduction cases and those involving allegations of sexual abuse against children. 'Very straight to the point with his advice. Good research into the area of law and very knowledgeable and prepared for the case.'

Admitted as a solicitor in 1990 and called to the Bar in 2012. Paul's predominantly family law practice spans both public and private law. He served as Co-Chair of Law Centres Network for 3 years before transferring to the bar.

Paul read law at Worcester College, Oxford, and spent five years as a solicitor in a large city firm before devoting 20 years to welfare law in law centres.

Paul lives in Cumbria with his wife and three children.

Paul is a member of:

  • The Family Law Bar Association
  • The Court of Protection Practitioners Group
  • Child Concern
  • Association of Lawyers for Children