Sarah Phillimore

Sarah Phillimore

Call 1994
Qualifications University College, London
Professional Memberships Family Law Bar Association, Association of Lawyers for Children
Awards A C Thomas Bar Scholarship (UCL), Lincoln’s Inn Shelford Major Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke Scholarship


Sarah has extensive experience in Public Law proceedings appearing at all court levels for Parents, Guardians, Interveners and Local Authorities. She also deals with all other Children Act work with and has experience of cases with jurisdictional issues and Hague Convention matters.

Sarah has experience in the field of Judicial Review; her most recent case involved a successful application for a declaration that a Local Authority had acted unlawfully in removing foster children from their carer without consulting him.

She has also gained experience in the field of asylum and immigration law after representing clients at the Immigration Tribunal from 2003-5 which has given her an increased appreciation of the application of the ECHR in domestic law, notably Articles 6 and 8.

Sarah has considerable experience in dealing with cases with complicated and long running histories, including those involving allegations of serious physical or sexual harm. She is interested in examining the best methods for gathering and presenting evidence within the court arena and has contributed to several Chambers’ seminars on the topic of ‘Achieving Best Evidence’.

Sarah spent a sabbatical year in Perth Western Australia in 2008 where she worked as a paralegal with a specialist family law firm and gained experience of the ‘Australian model’ of presumed shared care of children after relationship breakdown.

Practice Overview

Sarah was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked at the City University and the Law Commission before specialising in family law at the Bar in 1999.

From 2000-2003 Sarah also appeared at Immigration Tribunal hearings, giving her an in depth understanding of the application of the ECHR and the interface between family and immigration issues. She has experience in all areas of family law, representing parents, Guardians, and Local Authorities. She has an interest in trust law having lectured in land law and trusts at the City University in London from 1995 – 1997.

In 2008 Sarah spent a sabbatical in Perth, Western Australia, working as a paralegal in a specialist firm of family solicitors and gained valuable exposure to the Australian approach to children and matrimonial proceedings. Sarah trained as a civil and commercial mediator in 2009 and has completed her training as a family mediator in 2012. She is interested in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, recognising the potential limitations of the traditional adversarial process in family litigation.

Sarah is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, the Association of Lawyers for Children and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association. She is a regular guest poster on the Pink Tape Website. 

Sarah is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases. For further information, please visit our Public Access page.