James Tillyard QC

Silk - 2002   |   Call - 1978
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Family - Finance

Silk since 2002, James Tillyard is a family practitioner with considerable experience and expertise in finance work. James was appointed as a Recorder in 1998, Deputy High Court Judge in 2004 and regularly sits in the High Court both locally and in RCJ on both finance and care matters.

Described as ‘A leading practitioner in the family finance arena’ (Legal 500, 2015) James is typically instructed on complex, high net worth cases involving international elements and hidden assets. Renowned for his thorough preparation, meticulous attention to detail and realistic advice James is highly praised in Chambers Directory year in year out and you can always find him in the top band.

Notable cases

R v Egan (1992) 4 All ER 470 Donovan v Gwent Toys Ltd. (HL) 1990 1 All ER 1018

Wychavon DC v NRA (1993) 2 All ER 440

NRA v Wright Eng. Co.Ltd. (1994) 4 All ER 281

R v D (1996) 2 WLR 1

Environment Agency v Short (1998) EWHC Admin 743

Marlow Child and Family Services Ltd v DPP (1999) 1 FLR 997

Re S (2001) 1 Fam Law 505

Re E (A Child) (2001) All ER (D) 208

Cole v Secretary of State (2003) EWHC 1789 Admin

Re BR and C (Care: Duty of Disclosure: Appeals) (2002) EWCA Civ 1825

Re L (Care: Assessment: Fair Trial) (2002) 2 FLR 730

D v Secretary of State for Health (2002) EWCST 118

Re J (2003) 1 FLR 114

LM v Medway Council (2007) 1 FLR 1698

A County Council v MF (2008) EWHC 3320 (Fam)

Re K (2009) EWCA Civ 987

Re MW (2010) 1 FLR 1093

Re A-C; Re A (Fact Finding: Possible Perpetrator) 2013 EWCA Civ 1321

Bridgend CBC v GM (2013) 1 FLR 987

City and County of Swansea v MB and ME [2014] EWHC 2842 (Fam)

KS v Neath and Port Talbot Borough Council and others [2014] EWCA Civ 941

Birmingham City Council v CH and others [2015] EWFC 66


BSc Chem Eng (Leeds)


Family Law Bar Association


Called to the Bar 1978

Recorder 1998

Silk 2002

Section 9 deputy High Court Judge 2004

Bencher of the Middle Temple 2014

Arbitrator 2017 (finance)



‘The role of the medical expert in care proceedings’

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