Philip Cordery


Philip already had over twenty years experience as a solicitor in local government in Greater Manchester and London as well as private general practice, including seventeen years as a partner in a large Tyneside firm, before call to the Bar in 2003.

Although experienced in and willing to undertake a wide variety of matters, including personal injury, debt, housing and employment cases, as well as criminal cases, over recent years Philip has concentrated on Family Law.

Philip has represented local authorities, the NSPCC as well as other parties in child care cases and all parties too in private law disputes in relation to both family finances and children. Philip also has experience in applications for secure accommodation and representing children in all cases. Other family cases in which Philip has been instructed include cases of domestic violence, divorce, maintenance, including child support, and adoption.

Philip, who is proficient in French, Spanish and Chinese (Putonghua), has a special interest in and experience of cases with an international dimension. Philip has completed the Bar Council Public access course and is available for Direct Access work.

More recently Philip has been involved in cases concerning the validity in England of marriage effected in Gambia and Pakistan and in the High Court, the validity in England of divorce effected in Nigeria as well as, in Chancery courts, the financial consequences on inheritance following adoption.

Recent Cases

Notable Cases:

R-v- Sunderland Juvenile Court ex p G [1988] 2
FLR 40
when, for the child’s Guardian, objection to disclosure of an independent
social worker’s report was taken to the Court of Appeal

Dean Bell (by Litigation Friend) –v-Todd & South Tyneside M.B.C. LTL 9/8/2001
(2002) Lloyds Rep Med 12
which concerned damages recoverable for injury and
loss when receiving local authority care and the role of receivers in the Court
of Protection.


1. “Re-Adoption in the UK – A Guide for Families who have adopted in China”

International Family Law [2000] IFL 74

2. “But We Already Have a Birth Certificate- A Review of the Benefits of Re-Adoption in the UK”

International Family Law [2002] IFL 126

3. “The Adoption and Children Act 2002-The Adopted Children Register and the Child Adopted in China”

International Family Law [2003] IFL 101

4. “UK Ratification of the Hague Convention and Registration of Foreign Adoptions”

International Family Law [2003] IFL 215

5. “The Final Decision on Adoption Recognition in Europe (Review)”

Family Law [2003] Fam Law 614

6. “Suspension by the UK of Inter-country Adoptions”

Family Law [2005] Fam Law 975

7. “Suspension by the UK of Intercountry Adoptions”

International family Law  [2006] IFL 39

(a number of these publications are listed in the bibliography section of the website for the Hague Conference –



Practice Areas

Family Law

Qualified to undertake Direct Access work

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