Philip Bowen


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Phil Bowen is a specialist advocate for all manner of family law proceedings (including financial settlement and children) and Court of Protection. Phil offers 25 years' experience, having qualified in 1994 following a successful career as a police officer. He has direct experience of working within children's services for a Local Authority and is excellent for cases featuring significant social services involvement.

Specialist Areas of Law include:

Divorce and financial settlement proceedings

  • Children matters (Care, Adoption, Protection and Child Arrangement Orders)
  • All aspects of Local Authority proceedings
  • Injunctive proceedings before the family courts (non-molestation and occupation orders)
  • Court of Protection
  • Divorce and financial settlement

My approach

I am known for my detailed approach to any cases I undertake and my ability to relate to clients at all levels.
I have appeared in all levels of the Family Court in multi-day contested hearings, up to and including the Court of Appeal.
I also have extensive experience of appearing at Inquests, in particular in relation to child deaths.
I am also happy to represent clients at any type of disciplinary tribunal.
I undertake the following work -

  • Any hearing in respect of children public law or private law
  • Matrimonial Finance
  • Court of Protection
  • Child Maintenance Service Appeals
  • Inquests
  • Professional Disciplinary Hearings
  • Court Martial
  • Adult Social Services Disputes

My work

Phil has extensive experience of divorce and matrimonial proceedings (financial settlement). He is content to accept instructions from Applicants and Respondents to deal with proceedings from the First Directions Appointment (FDA), to Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Final Hearing. Phil's caseload includes proceedings featuring high value and complex assets including pensions, businesses and property (including property held overseas). Phil also has experience of dealing with enforcement proceedings relating to financial orders and has dealt with applications to vary long-standing orders due to a material change to the circumstances of one or other party to the order.

Children Act proceedings (public and private law)

Phil is very experienced in care proceedings, acting over the years for local authorities, parents and guardians. He also has experience of dealing with Adult Social Care matters and Court of Protection Cases. His knowledge of the internal workings of local authorities is extensive. Phil is known for his detailed approach to any cases he undertakes and his ability to relate to and deal with clients on all levels.

Private law applications in relation to Child Arrangements Orders form a significant part of Phil's practice and he has been involved in all manner of proceedings ranging from 'straight-forward' disputes relating to applications for contact and residence through to very complex cases involving parental alienation, child abduction and cases with an international element featuring removal of children from the jurisdiction.

What my clients say

"Philip Bowen came onto my case with only 48 hours before my final hearing. In that time he read and processed the file, developed a strategy and represented me at court. He is a calm pair of hands in a daunting situation and I will be forever grateful for his knowledge and expertise. He has truly made such a difference to my life - we can breathe again. I would recommend Phil wholeheartedly and thank him for what he was able to achieve for us."

DHLay Client

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