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

Date:12 MAY 2016

What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I am a family law barrister who works mainly in care proceedings. I represent all parties. I think it is important to get as clear a view as possible as to how the system operates.

How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?

I have specialised in family law since 1999 but the focus has been on care proceedings since about 2011. I was faced with a choice between family and crime in 1997 and made what turned out for me to be the right choice. I came to Bristol in 2010 to escape the insanity of London house prices and have found a much better quality of life.

What are the people you work for/with like? Any memorable stories?

Usually the professionals are dedicated and hardworking people who have a sense of humour (because they need one). Sometimes you meet people who don't seem that well suited to family law and I think I will remain diplomatic and say that can be an interesting experience - but fortunately not a common one.

Lay clients are often...

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