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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Lord Justice McFarlane - the man who would be President? 20 MAR 2017

Lord Justice McFarlane - the man who would be President?

Last month Sir James Munby announced that he

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Domestic violence: where are we now? 24 JUN 2016

Domestic violence: where are we now?

As recently as 10 years ago, police and

Should child welfare professionals be made to report child abuse? - The case for and against 13 MAY 2016

Should child welfare professionals be made to report child abuse? - The case for and against

The government has announced that it will

False allegations: balancing the rights of sex abuse victims and those wrongly accused 13 APR 2016

False allegations: balancing the rights of sex abuse victims and those wrongly accused

While media outlets continue to focus on high

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

Researching Reform: People and policies to watch in 2015 - which of our predictions came true? 05 FEB 2016

Researching Reform: People and policies to watch in 2015 - which of our predictions came true?

In January last year, Researching Reform made

Researching Reform: Why children will matter in 2016 27 JAN 2016

Researching Reform: Why children will matter in 2016

Child welfare as an area of policy has never

Researching Reform: Toddlers, anti-terror measures and taking children's passports - why our plans to conquer hate will fail 17 DEC 2015

Researching Reform: Toddlers, anti-terror measures and taking children's passports - why our plans to conquer hate will fail

Since the Paris attacks last month, a large

Researching Reform: Austerity is harming our children - the family justice system must protect them 12 NOV 2015

Researching Reform: Austerity is harming our children - the family justice system must protect them

Less than a decade ago, family law was a

Book review – Family Law Case Library (Children) by Charles Prest and His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood QC 07 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

Researching Reform: Language and the law - simple doesn't mean stupid 01 SEP 2015

Researching Reform: Language and the law - simple doesn't mean stupid

Whether you take the view that legal jargon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

​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

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

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

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

Researching Reform: Risk of future harm - The mayor, Muslims and making a mess of it 06 MAR 2014

Researching Reform: Risk of future harm - The mayor, Muslims and making a mess of it

The convictions last week of Michael