James Tillyard KC

Door TenantCall 1978

“He is extremely tenacious and robust. He is very good at calculations and presenting cases. Most importantly he establishes a good rapport with clients. He is very approachable and very well respected by the judiciary.”

Chambers UK, 2015


“Experienced in both high-value financial remedy matters and complex children cases.”

Legal 500, 2014


James is a formidable silk with considerable experience in all aspects of family law but in particular care and matrimonial finance. He is particularly adept at dealing with clients and high net worth cases that have often involved an international element. He takes the fear out what to expect for his clients and as a result has earned a reputation for fighting hard for them. At one time Chambers and Partners UK recognised him as the only Band One silk practicing on the Wales and Chester circuit.

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

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

‘James Tillyard QC is 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’. (Cambers UK 2007)

Deputy High Court Judge (Section 9) (2004)

Recorder (1998)

Queen’s Counsel (2002)

Family Law Bar Association

B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.) (Leeds)

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

30 Park Place, Cardiff

29 Bedford Row, London

St Ives, Birmingham