Testimonials

Richard thank you for your kindness and patience through all of this. You have been so amazing.
Mrs G
Richard Phillips is an established practitioner whom a client describes as "a charming character who is personable and likeable." He assists clients with high-value matrimonial finance matters, often involving pension assets.
Chambers 2020
Richard Phillips is lauded as 'a delightful individual and a resolution seeker.' He is a mediator and collaborative lawyer, and one satisfied client asserts that 'I had absolute confidence that, while he was gentle in the way he proceeded, he could be a Jack Russell when needed.
Chambers 2015
Richard Phillips is first ranked in Chambers UK 2014 and is recommended for his expertise in high-value matrimonial finance matters. One impressed interviewee affirms: 'I rate Richard very highly. He is very able and gives sensible advice to his clients.
Chambers 2016
Thank you for the very valuable role you played in mediation between my wife and I recently. Your service was entirely impartial and delivered in a gentle but very professional manner.
Mr H
I am very pleased that you are helping me. I do have great confidence in you and it is helping me to settle down in between my anxious moments.
Mr A
It has been lovely to work with you, albeit in awful circumstances.
Ms J
It’s been a journey and I couldn’t have done it without you, so from me a really big thank you for your support and guidance through what has been a challenging experience.
Mr S
I would like to thank Richard for his work during a most difficult time for me.
Mr A
Thank you so much for all your hard work. I do trust you, you are a decent, honest thoughtful human.
Mrs G
Thank you so much for all your hard work and support - it paid off in the end!
Mrs W
I was very impressed and can not think of any area that I feel needed improving
Thank you again for your effort and support - I’m in a much better place now thanks to you.
Thank you Richard, was a pleasure working with you.
I wanted to thank you for your time, advice and patience
Richard Phillips assists clients with high-value matrimonial finance cases, as well as handling prenuptial arrangements and children matters. Sources note: "He is sensible, approachable and brings a lot of experience to the table."
Chambers 2021
Thank you very much Richard for all your advice and help along the way.
Richard Phillips is a standout mediator. It is not uncommon for family law clients to dislike mediation but Richard always manages to keep clients in the process and on board
Legal 500 2022
Thank you very much Richard for all your advice and help along the way.
Very knowledgeable and informative
Professional and prompt service.

About Richard

Richard has been a qualified solicitor for over 30 years. He has dealt with a wide variety of cases ranging from complex financial matters to children’s cases, domestic abuse, pre and post Nuptial Agreements and disputes involving unmarried people.

His clients have ranged from senior business people, entrepreneurs, professionals, sports people, lawyers, doctors and home makers.

Examples of Richard’s recent work include:-

  • Acting for a husband in financial proceedings where the assets exceeding £25 million and involved the sale of a well-known company.
  • Negotiating a separation agreement where the assets exceed £12 million.
  • Acting for a wife throughout her divorce where enforcement proceedings were necessary to evict the husband from the former family home.
  • Negotiating a pre-nuptial agreement which involve foreign assets and foreign jurisdictions.

Although Richard is sometimes involved in court proceedings, he is also an accredited mediator and collaborative lawyer with a considerable level of experience. He has helped to resolve many difficult cases through careful, practical and sensitive discussions. On occasion these will involve the client’s solicitors and others professionals including counsellors, accountants and valuers.

Richard has been ranked Band 1 in Chambers and Partners and is listed as a ‘key lawyer’ in the Legal 500 2022 for family law.

Approach to work

It is very important that solutions are tailored to a client’s personal circumstances. Usually that will mean resolving any issues without the cost, stress and uncertainty of court proceedings. However there are times when court is necessary to protect a client and/or a child’s best interests. If that is the case I will pursue that firmly but always leave the door open to a resolution.

Specialist practice areas

  • Divorce, dissolution and separation following marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation
  • Mediation & collaborative law
  • Financial Cases where there is middle to high net worth, foreign assets and businesses or complex financial arrangements
  • Private Children Act cases including:
  • Internal and external relocation
  • Residence/contact
  • Prohibited steps/specific issues
  • Child abduction
  • Civil partnerships
  • Prenuptial arrangements
  • Domestic abuse
  • Adoption
  • Forced Marriage Protection Orders

Latest news by Richard Phillips

Family Mediation

With Family Mediation Week due to take place between 17-21 January 2022, we explain some key points about family mediation and how the process works. Family Mediation – What is it? Family mediation is designed to assist divorcing or separating couples reach an agreement in relation to financial and/or children matters that arise as a

Mediation – Let Machins guide you on how to avoid court applications & reduce costs when separating

Divorce, separation or relationship breakdown is a challenging and difficult time when you may be worried about the impact it will have on you and your family – emotionally and financially.  There are many horror stories out there about huge legal costs being incurred when separating couples go to court and whilst there are times

Request a callback

One of our highly experienced team will be in touch with you shortly.


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.