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Phillipa Hildyard

Phillipa Hildyard
Year of call:
St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford · BA Jurisprudence
University of Law · BPTC (‘Outstanding’)
Pupil at Park Square Barristers
Tenant at Park Sqaure Barristers
Family Law Bar Association Lawyers for Children North Eastern Circuit

 “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.


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.


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

  • Re Y 2020 – Junior Counsel led by Nicholas Stonor QC for the father in a 8-week Finding of Fact Hearing in the High Court which took place remotely via Zoom. The case involved complex medical evidence from numerous court appointed experts and treating doctors to determine whether the child’s extensive injuries (multiple fractures and bruising) were as a result of an underlying medical condition or serial abuse.
  • Re EB 2020 – Represented the child in a Finding of Fact Hearing to determine the cause of multiple injuries (two fractures and multiple sites of bruising) to the baby.
  • Re B/R 2019-20 – Junior Counsel led by Huw Lippiatt for three non-subject children in a 9-week Finding of Fact Hearing in the High Court. The proceedings were to determine extremely serious allegations of child sexual abuse made by all three of the non-subject children against the parents and 7 interveners.
  • Re JT 2019 – Represented the mother in a Finding of Fact Hearing to determine who was the perpetrator of serious inflicted injuries (six fractured bones and bruising) to a baby.
  • Re H/R 2019 – Represented the Local Authority in a Finding of Fact Hearing involving cross-examination of the parents who had learning disabilities and required the assistance of intermediaries. The purpose of the hearing was to determine the cause of the baby’s fractured leg.
  • Re W/G 2018 – Junior Counsel led by Charlotte Worsley for the children (A aged 17 and P aged 6) in a 4-week Finding of Fact Hearing in the High Court. A had disclosed systematic abuse against her stepfather over a period of seven years. Ensured A was able to give evidence to the best of her ability. A was believed and all findings were made.
  • Re C/T 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 by the parents.
  • Re SW 2018 – Represented a father in a 3-week Final Hearing involving allegations of serious sexual violence and child sexual abuse.

Contact Phillipa’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212