Sarah Phillimore

Sarah Phillimore Barrister
St John's Chambers

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 she also appeared at Immigration Tribunal hearings which has given her an enhanced 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.

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A day in the life of ... Sarah Phillimore (family law barrister) 12 MAY 2016

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St John's Chambers Annual Children’s Conference 2015 08 JUL 2015

St John's Chambers Annual Children’s Conference 2015

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