Miss Katie Phillips > 42 Bedford Row > London, England > Lawyer Profile

42 Bedford Row
42 Bedford Row
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Work Department

Family Team


Katie is a family law specialist, practising across all areas of children law and the full range of injunctive work.


Katie represents Local Authorities, parents, children and interested parties in her public law children work. In private law cases she acts for both applicants and respondents. Katie often appears on behalf of children, including separately represented children and other vulnerable parties, including parents with mental health or learning disabilities.

Katie regularly appears in complex matters involving suspected non-accidental injury, sexual abuse allegations, neglect and domestic abuse. Katie regularly advises and acts in fact finding hearings requiring forensic analysis of medical and expert evidence.

Katie specialises in cases involving an international dimension and the movement of children between jurisdictions including in a public law context, abduction and leave to remove and has been instructed in radicalisation cases for both Local Authorities and parents.

Katie is instructed in the Family Court, the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.


Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children


  • Nottingham High School for Girls
  • MA Oxon, St Anne’s College, Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Katie Phillips42 Bedford RowAn extremely able barrister: Katie has a ready grasp of the salient issues in a case and advocates in an attractive and economical way that is very effective. She has pragmatic, fair-minded and balanced approach to cases, and is able to make serious and complex points effectively and efficiently.

42 Bedford Row is ‘exceptionally experienced’ in this area. The members are ‘approachable and easy to work with’. The set is especially known for its public law children work and its private law practice continues to grow.  It is a ‘great chambers with a good selection of experienced and well-respected family barristers‘. Gemma Taylor QC  has a track record of work involving some allegations of some of the most serious child abuse possible, while Katie Phillips has been instructed in diplomatically-sensitive international child law proceedings.