Lisa Phillips – Director & Solicitor Advocate

Lisa Phillips2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards - Finalist

Lisa Phillips is based in Leeds, but works in many areas of Yorkshire

  • Switalskis Solicitors St James House, 29 Park Place, Leeds LS1 2SP
  • 0113 2231400

Lisa Phillips first qualified as a barrister and practiced for a short while in Leicester mainly undertaking Criminal Work. She became dual qualified in 1999 and immediately specialised in Child Care, working in the Black Country. She obtained Higher Rights of Audience in April 2002, became a member of the Law Society Children Panel in June 2003 before moving to Leeds. She became a Partner at Switalskis in April 2012. In Summer 2016, Lisa Phillips was a finalist in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards for the Family Law category.

Lisa is currently chair of Families Forward, a non-profit-making agency offering assessments of contact and providing the full spectrum of contact services with facilities in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.

We asked Lisa:

Q: Why did you want to be a Child Care Solicitor?
A: Having qualified as a criminal barrister I “fell” into care work on becoming dual qualified and never looked back.

Q: What do you do in your role at Switalskis?
A: Solicitor-Advocate specialising in Public Law Children Act work; I advise and represent parents, carers and children in Child Care proceedings. I am also a Director and the Liaison with Legal Aid Agency for VhCCs (very high cost cases).

Q: What do you love about your job?
A: Every day is different. Because of the nature of the work I feel I make a difference in the life of every client I work for.

Q: What can clients expect from you?
A: A hard-working and passionate advocate with the enthusiasm to represent the client to the utmost of my ability.

Q: What do your clients like about you?
A: My abilities as a Solicitor Advocate – I represent my clients from the first appointment to final hearing. My advice is always honest and delivered in plain English and I will “take on” the local authority when appropriate.

Q: What are your ambitions?
A: I hope to one day obtain a Judicial post.

Q: Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
A: My daughter.

Q: Which teams do you support?
A: Lancashire County Cricket Club (I know, the wrong side of the Pennines!) and Manchester United FC (ditto!).

Q: Are you involved with any organisations outside of work?
A: I am chair of Families Forward, an organisation that provides supervised contact services to families going through family breakdown and am on the Board of Leeds Jewish Housing Association.

Q: Can you tell us about some of your favourite things?
A: I love travelling to New York and Florence, Agatha Christie’s books and Disney animations.