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James Tillyard QC *


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(Year of Call 1978, Silk 2002)

Joined Chambers: 2009


BSc Chem Eng (Leeds)


James Tillyard has been in silk since 2002. He has considerable experience in all aspects of Family Law but in particular care and matrimonial money. He was appointed a Recorder in 1998 and was made a deputy High Court Judge in 2004. He sits in Cardiff, Birmingham and other regional Centre’s as well as in the RCJ and regularly sits on cases involving Matrimonial Finance.

Throughout his practice James has specialised in proceedings involving financial remedies following relationship breakdown, and in silk he has been in constant demand to undertake high value cases that involve complex issues surrounding companies, foreign assets, pension sharing and inherited wealth.

He is experienced in unravelling off-shore family trusts and tracing assets that were thought to be “hidden”. He is regularly involved in cases in the High Court where the net worth is in excess of £20m and he is renowned for his thorough preparation, meticulous attention to detail and realistic advice. He is highly praised in Chambers Directory year in year out and you can always find him in the top band.

James also works in other area of family finance including Schedule 1 applications and the drafting of pre-nuptial agreements. He regularly lectures to the profession and to students.

Child Abduction and Removal from the Jurisdiction

He has wide experience in child abduction and in Hague Convention cases. He has also undertaken many cases on removal from the jurisdiction - both for and against removal.

Public Law

• Care Standards Tribunal
• Judicial Review
• Breach of Art 6 & 8


'A leading family silk with exceptional experience and a UK-wide reputation in the area. Reguraly instructed on high-value finance cases and care proceedings. He is praised by commentators ofr his technical knowledge.' "A very good-quality barrister with a proven record - highly skilled and knows his stuff." (Chambers and Partners, 2016)

'A leading practitioner in the family finance arena' (Legal 500, 2015)

'Strong across the board when it comes to family matters, with a particular focus on children's welfare proceedings and financial disputes after a relationship breakdown. He is typically instructed on complex, high net worth cases involving international elements and hidden assets. He is also noted for his expertise in child care cases involving contentious medical evidence "He is extremely tenacious and robust." "He is very good at calculations and presenting cases. Most importantly, he establishes a good rapport with clients." (Chambers UK 2015)

"Experienced in both high-value financial remedy matters and complex children cases" (Legal 500, 2014)

"He is very approachable and very well respected by the judiciary." (Chambers UK 2014)

"James Tillyard QC is an equally praised silk at the set, who centres his practice on matrimonial finance matters and childcare work. Sources comment that he is "robust and confident, and makes the client feel comfortable" (Chambers UK 2013)

'Two of its strongest silks, Jonathan Furness QC and James Tillyard QC, are "both top-rate and comparable to the top London barristers." They are both experienced in all areas of family work, although Furness is particularly associated with childcare work and Tillyard with matrimonial finance'. (Chambers UK 2012)

‘Also attracting a number of important cases is James Tillyard QC who “reassures clients with his experience and robust courtroom manner”’. (Chambers UK 2011)

30 Park Place’s James Tillyard is an “exceptional lawyer, who prepares well and always makes the most of a case”.(Legal 500 2010)

'30 Park Place is the top set for law on the Wales and Chester circuit and has James Tillyard QC a key figure at the Welsh Family Bar. He is known for his fierce cross examination and his experience in high net worth disputes’. (Chambers UK 2010)

‘James Tillyard is the “first choice silk in Wales by a long way. His popularity stems from the fact that he fights hard for his clients and never gives the case away. Praised for his children and finance work, he is the toast of solicitors as he can smell blood at 100 yards”’ (Chambers UK 2009)

‘James Tillyard QC is head of chambers at 30 Park Place and Wales’ best known family barrister for “excellent preparation, a hands on proactive approach and great presentation in court” make Tillyard first choice for Welsh solicitors in big money divorce cases’.(Chambers UK 2008)

‘…James Tillyard QC, noted for skilled and sensitive advocacy’.(Legal 500 2007)

‘The “excellent” James Tillyard QC of 30 Park Place is “one of the best advocates in Cardiff”. He does his preparation thoroughly and knows his subject matter “inside out”’. He was recommended especially for tough cases that require difficult cross-examination’(Chambers UK 2007)

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


Family Bar Association


• Bencher of the Middle Temple (2014)

• Deputy High Court Judge (Section 9) (2004)

• Recorder (1998)

• Queen's Counsel (2002)


'The role of the medical expert in care proceedings'

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