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Phillipa Hildyard

Phillipa Hildyard
Year of call:
2014
Education:
2012
St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford · BA Jurisprudence
2014
University of Law · BPTC (‘Outstanding’)
Career:
2015
Pupil at Park Square Barristers
2016
Tenant at Park Sqaure Barristers
Memberships:
Family Law Bar Association Lawyers for Children North Eastern Circuit
Awards:
2014
CEDR National Negotiation Competition · Finalist University of Law Negotiation Competition · Winner University of Law Mooting Competition · Finalist

 “Phillipa Hildyard was superb – a really talented lady with lots of poise and savvy”

– Client recommendation

Phillipa appears in both public and private children law matters in the Family Court, as well as Family Law Act injunctions (non-molestation orders and occupation orders).

Public Law

Phillipa regularly acts in public law proceedings, representing Local Authorities, parents, children, wider family members and interveners.

She has advised and represented parties on cases involving the following issues:

  • Non-accidental injuries
  • Sexual abuse (including grooming and rape)
  • Factitious illness
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Neglect
  • Psychological and psychiatric evidence
  • Parents with learning difficulties or who lack capacity
  • Parents who misuse substances
  • Jurisdictional issues

Whilst seconded to Humberside Police Legal Services in 2016, she often represented the Chief Constable of Humberside Police in the Family Courts on issues of disclosure. Phillipa has also advised Local Authorities in relation to disclosure into the Criminal Courts, including the redaction of social care records and public interest immunity.

Private Law

Phillipa is regularly instructed to represent parents where there are disputes over child arrangements, including residence and contact disputes, applications for prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders. Phillipa also has experience in enforcement proceedings.

She has particular experience of cases involving:

  • Allegations of domestic abuse
  • Allegations of violence to children
  • Psychological and psychiatric evidence
  • Risk of abduction

“My client thought Phillipa was great and we achieved a fantastic result.”

– Solicitor recommendation.

Approach

Phillipa’s approachable and friendly manner ensures she is able to provide clear advice to both solicitors and lay clients. Phillipa is regularly instructed to represent clients who are young, vulnerable, and / or present with learning difficulties.

Training

Phillipa currently coordinates the seminars for the Park Square Barristers Family Team and regularly delivers seminars for colleagues and solicitors. She is also able to provide bespoke training in relation to children law matters and court skills. She has previously delivered training for social workers at Wakefield MDC and assisted Leeds Beckett University’s BA and MA social-work students by facilitating a court skills training day.

Notable Cases

  • 2018 – Led by a senior member of Chambers in a 4-week Finding of Fact Hearing in the High Court representing the children. There were numerous issues including sexual abuse, young and vulnerable complainants, physical abuse, factitious illness, substance misuse and capacity issues.
  • 2018 – Successfully represented an intervener in a 2-week Final Hearing. The Court found that the intervener had not caused non-accidental injuries to the children as alleged.
  • 2016 – Represented Humberside Police at the case management stage of proceedings in the High Court to disclose information arising out of the police investigation into the death of Poppy Widdison. The case attracted national press.

Contact Phillipa’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Phillipa takes instructions in a broad range of regulatory crime cases, including health and safety, environmental, fire safety, environmental health, building control and food standards cases.

Police Law

Phillipa has significant experience representing police forces. Between March 2016 and September 2016, Phillipa was seconded to Humberside Police Legal Services. She continues to act for police forces on a range of matters including:

  • Applications for orders to protect members of the public, including Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Notification Orders, Violent Offender Orders and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
  • Firearms appeals.
  • Dangerous dog applications.
  • Disclosure between the police and the Family Court.
  • Legal professional privilege issues.
  • Police property disputes.
  • Defending civil claims against the police.

Training

Phillipa is available to provide bespoke training to police forces and regulatory bodies. She has previously provided training to Humberside Police Legal Services, South Yorkshire Legal Services and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Notable Cases

  • Chief Constable of Humberside Police v Benjamin Lumby (2016) –successfully defended the appeal against a Sexual Harm Prevention Order in Hull Crown Court over a 4-day hearing with vulnerable witnesses. The Court varied the SHPO to make it more onerous. It was reported in the national press.
  • Chief Constable of Humberside Police v Glyn Martin (2016) – successful application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, including a condition requiring the Respondent to wear by a location-monitoring device at all times.
  • Represented Humberside Police at the case management stage of proceedings in the High Court to disclose information arising out of the police investigation into the death of Poppy Widdison. The case attracted national press.

Contact Phillipa’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Phillipa frequently appears in the Crown Court, Magistrates Court and Youth Court covering a wide range of offences and hearings for both the prosecution and the defence.

Very impressed with Phillipa. She’s bright, thorough and fully understands the issues.”

– Solicitor recommendation.

Phillipa is regularly instructed to defend in road traffic cases. She has acted on some serious, near-fatal cases in the Crown Court, but she is happy to accept instructions at all levels. She has had recent successes running exceptional hardship arguments as well as a special reasons argument on the basis of a laced drink.

Between March and September 2016, Phillipa completed a secondment at Humberside Police Legal Services. She is therefore extremely familiar with the civil orders which arise in the criminal courts, such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Notification Orders, Violent Offender Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders, and orders regulating dangerous dogs.

Phillipa also has experience with Proceeds of Crime matters and has appeared in hearings in relation to detention and forfeiture.

Notable Case

  • Chief Constable of Humberside Police v Benjamin Lumby (2016) – Phillipa successfully defended the appeal against a Sexual Harm Prevention Order in Hull Crown Court over a 4-day hearing with vulnerable witnesses.The Court varied the SHPO to make it more onerous. It was reported in the national press.

Contact Phillipa’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Phillipa Hildyard is regularly instructed to act for both claimants and defendants in personal injury hearings and accepts instructions for the following:

  • Fast track trials
  • Small claim trials
  • Disposal and MOJ Stage 3 Hearings
  • Interlocutory applications
  • Case management conferences
  • Pre-trial reviews

Phillipa accepts instructions to advise on liability and/or quantum and can turn papers around quickly and efficiently in order to meet tight deadlines.

Contact Phillipa’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Jordan Millican on 0113 213 5250

Phillipa accepts instructions to advise and represent clients in relation to all aspects of family finance. She has experience of representing clients at First Hearings, Financial Dispute Resolution Hearings and Final Hearings.

Contact Phillipa’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Phillipa accepts instructions to advise and represent clients on Court of Protection matters and is eager to build this area of her practise. She is sensitive and has experience of working with vulnerable clients.

Contact Phillipa’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209