Natasha Phillips

Natasha Phillips

Natasha is a non-practicing barrister and Editor in Chief of The Encyclopaedia on Family and The Law. Natasha also runs the family law project, Researching Reform, which is dedicated to child welfare inside the family justice system. She is the Consultant for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law and The Court of Protection.

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Children have no right to speak to family judges 17 FEB 2017

Children have no right to speak to family judges

Despite promising to give children a greater voice in the Family Court the government still seems...

Allowing councils to opt out of legal duties to ‘experiment’ with service delivery will place children’s lives at risk 17 JAN 2017

Allowing councils to opt out of legal duties to ‘experiment’ with service delivery will place children’s lives at risk

In just a few months, the Family Court has seen its budget shrink from £2.4bn to £1.6bn. These...

Researching reform: 2016 - what we’ve seen and where we’re going 19 DEC 2016

Researching reform: 2016 - what we’ve seen and where we’re going

Child welfare has become central to politics in the United Kingdom, and 2016 has offered up some...

Calais’ child refugees - leaked emails, law suits and local authority mission impossibles 04 NOV 2016

Calais’ child refugees - leaked emails, law suits and local authority mission impossibles

As Britain accepts the first group of children from the fast-disappearing Calais 'Jungle', the...

Family Court reform: thinking outside the witness box 18 OCT 2016

Family Court reform: thinking outside the witness box

The President of the Family Division has recently confirmed what family law professionals have...

Sentencing paedophiles in non-recent child abuse cases: are courts too lenient? 13 SEP 2016

Sentencing paedophiles in non-recent child abuse cases: are courts too lenient?

Type the phrase 'lenient sentences for child sexual offences' into a search engine, and the...

After Goddard: what the Child Abuse Inquiry must do next 15 AUG 2016

After Goddard: what the Child Abuse Inquiry must do next

While current and past child abuse inquiries around the world seem to take the challenges of such...

Update of Bills and new ideas in family law 12 JUL 2016

Update of Bills and new ideas in family law

Despite a very busy few weeks in the run-up to Brexit and its aftermath, child welfare concerns...

Domestic violence: where are we now? 24 JUN 2016

Domestic violence: where are we now?

As recently as 10 years ago, police and prosecutors in the UK turned a blind eye to domestic...

Researching Reform: Lay advisers are the lawyers of the future - let's support them 14 MAR 2016

Researching Reform: Lay advisers are the lawyers of the future - let's support them

Lay advisers have historically been met with suspicion and sometimes hostility inside the Family...

Book review – Family Law Case Library (Children) by Charles Prest and His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood QC 08 OCT 2015

Book review – Family Law Case Library (Children) by Charles Prest and His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood QC

Occasionally, a book comes along that excites you, not just for its content, but for its...

A day in the life of ... Natasha Phillips (Legal Researcher) 17 AUG 2015

A day in the life of ... Natasha Phillips (Legal Researcher)

What is your position and what you do on a day-to-day basis? I’m a freelance legal...

Researching Reform: Child abuse inquiry - will the recent guidance on the destruction of documents be enough to preserve valuable evidence? 06 JUL 2015

Researching Reform: Child abuse inquiry - will the recent guidance on the destruction of documents be enough to preserve valuable evidence?

When Home Secretary Theresa May announced the statutory inquiry into child sexual abuse, she...

Researching Reform: Inquiries and investigations looking into allegations of child sexual abuse – where are they now? 03 JUN 2015

Researching Reform: Inquiries and investigations looking into allegations of child sexual abuse – where are they now?

An imminent report looking into the scale of child sexual abuse in Britain from Deputy...

Researching Reform: Will the new government be the final nail in the coffin for child welfare? 13 MAY 2015

Researching Reform: Will the new government be the final nail in the coffin for child welfare?

With the Conservatives returning to power this month, their continued focus on fiscal austerity...

The Child Abuse Inquiry must radicalise to succeed 02 APR 2015

The Child Abuse Inquiry must radicalise to succeed

With scores of Inquiries already under its belt, and dozens more currently underway, Britain...

Researching Reform: Child Abuse Inquiry – tools for building trust and revealing the truth 06 MAR 2015

Researching Reform: Child Abuse Inquiry – tools for building trust and revealing the truth

The nation’s Independent Panel Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse is undergoing a radical...

Book review – Children Act Private Law Proceedings: A Handbook by Judge John Mitchell 10 FEB 2015

Book review – Children Act Private Law Proceedings: A Handbook by Judge John Mitchell

Children Act Private Law Proceedings: A Handbook was written by Judge John Mitchell, and...

Researching Reform: Child welfare people and policies to watch in 2015 05 JAN 2015

Researching Reform: Child welfare people and policies to watch in 2015

2014 has, for family law at least, been a year of hard truths and hard knocks, affecting...

Researching Reform: Child Abuse Inquiry - Starting block or stumbling block? 03 DEC 2014

Researching Reform: Child Abuse Inquiry - Starting block or stumbling block?

Since its inception in July, the Independent Panel Inquiry has made several serious but...

Researching Reform: Lawyers muscling in to the McKenzie sector? 17 NOV 2014

Researching Reform: Lawyers muscling in to the McKenzie sector?

It was bound to happen eventually, given the huge shift in demand for conventional legal...

Researching Reform: Child abuse inquiry – process and prejudice 12 NOV 2014

Researching Reform: Child abuse inquiry – process and prejudice

The large scale inquiry into historic child abuse in England and Wales has gotten off to a rocky...

Researching reform: LASPO, legal aid and access to justice for children 08 OCT 2014

Researching reform: LASPO, legal aid and access to justice for children

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) received Royal Assent on...

Researching Reform: Ashya King – family law and the European Arrest Warrant 02 SEP 2014

Researching Reform: Ashya King – family law and the European Arrest Warrant

At the direction of the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, the wardship...

Researching Reform: Children will be seen and heard – now they must be understood 01 AUG 2014

Researching Reform: Children will be seen and heard – now they must be understood

Justice Minister, Simon Hughes’ recent announcement that the voice of the child will feature...

​Researching Reform: Trend tracker - The welfare of the child and criminal sanctions 01 JUL 2014

​Researching Reform: Trend tracker - The welfare of the child and criminal sanctions

The newly established Family Court, now officially the home of family law, begins a new chapter...

Researching Reform: Interveners in public family law cases - an overview 05 JUN 2014

Researching Reform: Interveners in public family law cases - an overview

Third party interventions have been relatively rare in the UK, but are steadily on the...

Researching Reform: Regulating McKenzie Friends – too much too soon? 09 MAY 2014

Researching Reform: Regulating McKenzie Friends – too much too soon?

The concept of the McKenzie Friend was established over four decades ago, but as a...

Researching Reform: Cinderella Law – how might the new criminal measures affect already existing family legislation? 04 APR 2014

Researching Reform: Cinderella Law – how might the new criminal measures affect already existing family legislation?

New legislation nicknamed the Cinderella Law, which looks set to become enacted in...