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Katie Phillips

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"A well-regarded, hugely effective advocate." "She has a great eye for detail and is collaborative with others." "She is spot-on in balancing the risks of running cases and the risks to children." Chambers and Partners 2022

"An extremely able barrister: Katie has a ready grasp of the salient issues in a case and advocates in an attractive and economical way that is very effective. She has pragmatic, fair-minded and balanced approach to cases, and is able to make serious and complex points effectively and efficiently." Legal 500 2022

"A fantastic advocate, unflappable, tenacious and supportive." Legal 500 2021

“Manages cases that someone of her call simply shouldn’t be able to handle” Chambers and Partners 2017/2018

“Recommended for cases involving sexual abuse allegations.” Legal 500 2017/2018

Katie Phillips     The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Katie is a family law specialist, practising across all areas of children and the full range of injunctive work.

Katie represents Local Authorities, parents, children and interested parties in her public law children work. In private law cases she acts for both applicants and respondents. Katie often appears on behalf of children, including separately represented children and other vulnerable parties, including parents with mental health or learning disabilities.

Katie regularly appears in complex matters involving suspected non-accidental injury, sexual abuse allegations, neglect and domestic abuse. Katie regularly advises and acts in fact finding hearings requiring forensic analysis of medical and expert evidence.

Katie specialises in cases involving an international dimension and the movement of children between jurisdictions including in a public law context, abduction and leave to remove and has been instructed in radicalisation cases for both Local Authorities and parents.

Katie is instructed in the Family Court, the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.

Professional memberships

  • FLBA – Family Law Bar Association
  • ALC – Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Lincoln’s Inn

Selected cases

  • Kent CC v D & Ors [2014] EWFC 59
  • Kent CC v D & Ors (2) (Fact finding) [2015] EWFC 93
  • Kent CC v D & Ors (3) (Application for re-hearing) [2015] EWFC 94
  • Kent CC v D & Ors (4) (Re W) [2015] EWFC 95
  • Kent CC v D & Ors (5) (Re-hearing) [2015] EWFC 96
  • M-F (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 991 (15 July 2014)
  • Devon County Council V EB & ORS (Minors) [2013] EWHC 968 (FAM) Family Division, 22 February 2013
  • A Local Authority v K Family Division, 10 May 2011 [2011] EWHC 1156 (Fam); [2011] 2 F.L.R. 1165; [2011] Fam. Law 788


  • Nottingham High School for Girls
  • MA Oxon, St Anne’s College, Oxford

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