Philip Newton

I am a highly experienced family law specialist with over 20 years’ experience of all aspects of this field including child law (care, residence, contact, removal from the country etc.) divorce, financial provision, ancillary relief, cohabitation, injunctions and cases involving dimensions such as human rights law and child abduction.

I am also qualified as a Children Law Arbitrator and can therefore be instructed in private law disputes by both parties to decide the issue between them. This can be done privately and according to a timetable dictated by them rather than the court system, but with a binding decision at the end of it.

Beginning my career as a criminal barrister, I developed the robust courtroom skills for which I now have a reputation. My experience makes me a confident representative for clients involved in the most serious care cases, hard-fought family disputes and in highly complex divorce, matrimonial finance and cohabitation cases.

I am known for my determination to achieve the best for my clients, stemming from my sympathetic understanding of their situations. In particular, I have a strong instinct to protect human rights, especially where my clients are made vulnerable by mental and physical disability or by cultural, religious or racial circumstances. My Master’s degree in international human rights law and Diploma from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg both help me to deal confidently with any issues that arise.

Reported Cases

Probably my most well-known case is a successful appeal from the High Court to the Court of Appeal representing the Appellant Mother in A –v- A Local Authority [2009] EWCA Civ 1057, now a leading case on disclosure in care cases and involving complex cultural issues.

Public Law Children

Most of my cases in this area involve complex issues, and I have vast experience of supporting clients where there are allegations of neglect, non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and child exploitation; and where cases involve international child law.

My clients particularly appreciate my clear explanations of the difficult and complex matters in which they find themselves involved, and my supportive, sympathetic approach to their position combined with determined advocacy for their case.

My considerable experience and expertise in representing family members in public law proceedings involving children (care cases) also includes the full range of contested hearings – Emergency Interim Care Orders, Protection Orders, Final Care Orders (for example where the Local Authority aims to permanently remove the children from the family) and Contested Placement Orders (the first stage of adoption).

As well as representing parents and other family members I also represent children, and I can assist by advising, drafting documents and representing you in all aspects of Care Proceedings.

Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

My 20 years’ specialist experience and expertise in family disputes relating to children (private law) covers almost every imaginable parental dispute involving children, which are frequently extremely complex.

Your situation may involve seemingly intractable disputes between you and the other parent over which of you your children will live with, and difficulty agreeing how contact will be managed.

You may also have concerns about your children’s removal from the country, whether applying for or preventing emigration with your children, or ensuring their return after a wrongful removal abroad. I can also help you to resolve disagreements about their schooling, cultural and religious upbringing, medical treatment and many other issues.

I would be happy to assist you by advising, drafting documents and representing you in all aspects of family disputes over children.

I am also qualified as a Children Law Arbitrator and can therefore be instructed in private law disputes by both parties to decide the issue between you. This can be done privately and according to a timetable dictated by you rather than by the court system, but with a binding decision at the end of it.

Philip Newton's Testimonials for Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

“I am very grateful indeed for all of your efforts in this business. And to the solicitor who recommended you. She said you were the man she would want on her side if she was in a jam like this. And she was quite right. If I ever meet anyone who needs your help I shall be sending them your way.”

Mr B instructing Philip Newton through DPA scheme – February 17

Civil Partnership & Cohabitation Dispute

Both of these areas involve sorting out the property and/or financial side of a relationship that has broken down, but in circumstances where there cannot be a divorce. This might be because you are both of the same sex and in a civil partnership, or because you have no legal relationship other than the fact that you are/were living together in a home that you have both contributed to in one way or another.

I am experienced in advising, drafting documents and representing in all aspects of Civil Partner and Cohabitation Disputes, and can help you with disputes over ownership and division of the equity in your home (and any expenditure on your home) when you separate (known as a TOLATA case).

Family Injunctions

Almost every aspect of my family practise over the last 20 years has involved injunctions of one sort or another. Injunctions might be needed because of allegations of domestic violence and/or an application for one of the parties to be ousted from the family home. Just as usually they can be concerned with protecting a parent and children in a children case or even protection of family money in a matrimonial finance case.

I am highly experienced in both obtaining and opposing non-molestation orders and occupation orders: and obtaining and opposing injunctions in all children, family, divorce and cohabitation matters as necessary.