Phil Booth

Solicitor Since: 1988
Called 2004

Highly experienced children law barrister.


Philip practised as a Solicitor for 16 years before being called to the Bar. He was a Solicitor in London and in West Yorkshire, working both in private practice and in a number of authorities. He has acted as legal advisor to Adoption Panels and has provided legal training for social workers.

Areas of Expertise

For many years he has specialised in the field of family law and has represented local authorities, parents and children, through previous membership of the Law Society Children Panel. He has also represented the Official Solicitor on behalf of parents under a disability.

Phil now practices mainly in private and public law proceedings relating to children. In particular:

  • Residence and contact disputes between parents; including separate representation of children.
  • Care proceedings in the Magistrates’, County and High Court.
  • Adoption and placement order applications.

Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

RE T (A CHILD) (2009) - In the circumstances there had been no cogent reason for forcing on a local authority a care order rather than the supervision order which it had asked for and which the parties and the child's guardian were agreed was appropriate.

FAMILY LAW [2009] EWCA Civ 121 - CA (Civ Div) (Sir Mark Potter (President), Arden LJ, Jackson LJ) 4/3/2009.

Contributing Editor: Butterworths Family Law Service.

Philip participates in all training sessions undertaken by the family team. This includes the provision of training to local authorities, solicitors and social workers.

BA (Hons) Law 2:1, South Bank University