Sarah Kilvington

Sarah Kilvington

Year of call:

1999

Contact:

Sarah Kilvington

Education:

Inns of Court School of Law - 1998-1999 - bar finals - highly commended
Manchester Metropolitan University – 1997 – 1998 - post-graduate diploma in law – outstanding Hertford College, Oxford University – 1992- 1995 – BA English II i

Sarah has a reputation as a skilled advocate and a barrister who will deliver robust advice whilst not losing sight of the need for sensitivity towards lay clients in often very difficult circumstances.

She is qualified to take instructions on a direct access basis and welcomes queries on that basis via her clerks.

Sarah has a significant financial relief and trusts of land practice with particular emphasis on complex cases entailing businesses and family trusts. She regularly cross-examines accountants and actuaries as part of this practice. She has a particular interest  in financial injunctions.

Sarah has conducted multiple relocation cases - both external and internal, as well as regularly acting in residence and contact disputes.

Sarah is highly experienced in managing complex and demanding public law children cases, mounting a successful appeal in The Supreme Court led by Gwynneth Knowles QC. She has developed a reputation for skilled cross examination, forceful submissions and well-honed skeleton arguments in cases of serious maltreatment and neglect, including cases of sexual abuse, child rape, fabricated and induced illness, emotional abuse and neglect and radicalisation.

She regularly delivers seminars and writes articles for LexisPSL.

Most recent reported cases:

Re L and B (2013) UKSC 8 - the circumstances where a judge can change her mind following judgment.

Re J (A Minor) [2016] EWHC 2430 (Fam) and the linked case of Re J [2016] EWHC 2595 (Fam) - establishing important principles in respect of evidence and publicity.

Re S-B [2015] EWCA Civ 705 - a successful permission hearing in the Court of Appeal on a direct access basis.

Family and children law – ranked Tier 1
“Very experienced in cases involving serious abuse.”

Legal 500 2019


"She is unafraid to run difficult and unpopular cases and has particular expertise in serious cases of abuse"

Legal 500, 2017


"Easy to work with, reliable, conscientious and forthright"

Legal 500, 2016


"In addition to complex public law care work, she has a focus on mental health and capacity issues"

Legal 500, 2015


Specialist Areas of Practice:

Family

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