Hilka specialises in complex international children law cases, particularly adoptions with an international element and international surrogacy arrangements, Hague and non-Hague Convention child abductions and jurisdictional disputes. She also acts for children, parents, and relatives, including those living abroad, in care and domestic adoption proceedings, and parents and children in private law and Wardship proceedings, and advises on judicial reviews and applications under the Human Rights Act.
Hilka joined Freemans in 2016, having trained and worked at another specialist family law firm in London.
She is a member of Resolution and a Resolution accredited adoption and abduction specialist lawyer. Hilka is also on the Law Society’s Children Panel, and a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children, CoramBAAF, and the Child Abduction Lawyers’ Association.
Hilka is resourceful and tenacious and known for her knowledge and expertise in adoption and international children law and her experience of representing children in Court proceedings. A former journalist, Hilka still regularly contributes to various legal publications.
Hilka was one of three finalists for the Family Legal Aid Lawyer Award in 2014 and won the prestigious Jordan’s Family Law Associate of the Year award in 2015 where she was described as having a “razor sharp mind”. Hilka has also been recommended in the Legal 500 directory as an ‘excellent” and “dedicated, hardworking lawyer who goes the extra mile for her clients’, and as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’, undertaking ‘complex international adoption cases with ease’. Chambers and Partners listed her in 2017/8 as an ‘Associate to Watch’ and recognised that "She works really hard for her clients and really does go the extra mile … and is tactical in her approach but never loses sight of what is important to the people she is representing."
When not at work, Hilka enjoys spending time with family and friends, a good meal, the theatre, playing the piano and travel; and, time and inclination permitting, keeping fit through boxing and yoga.
Hilka is fluent in German and English, and speaks French and some Russian.
“Hilka is smart and picks up the finer details that usually get missed out … I put this down to her passion to help us succeed in our case. She is creative when the road ahead looks bleak and is a top notch legal professional who definitely knows her area of expertise well. She also has a sense of urgency to get to the finish line. It's been an absolute pleasure to have her support us as she genuinely cares about the outcome and not treat us as just another case.” Client
“You provided such a personal touch to your work. We particularly appreciated how you shared our issue and went all out to resolve everything. We got there - thanks to your persistence.” Client
“We wanted to let you know how wonderfully refreshing and helpful it has been to have received your advice and support during what has been such a turbulent first year as a family. Thank you so much for all your help, we truly appreciate all you have done for our family.” Client
“Hilka has ... established an enviable reputation as a pragmatic, resourceful and knowledgeable lawyer in the complex field of adoptions. She always goes the extra mile and is tenacious and looks for solutions.” Family Legal Aid Lawyer 2014, shortlist
“Whenever I receive an instruction from Hilka I can be assured of a number of things: the case will be complex, difficult and challenging. Crucially I know that she will know the case backwards, the client will have absolute confidence in her, and she will have gone the extra mile to ensure that everything possible is done to achieve the best outcome for her client. She is always enthusiastic and energetic, extremely compassionate and a great listener, but she is also able to focus on the essential and builds strong client relationships.” Barbara Connolly QC