Philip Newton is a highly experienced family law specialist who has practised exclusively in this field for over 20 years. His experience covers all aspects of family law including child law (care, residence, contact, removal from the country etc.) divorce, financial provision, ancillary relief, cohabitation, injunctive protection and international remedies.
In all aspects of his practice Philip is particularly known for acting with great sympathy for his clients’ difficulties with an absolute determination to do the very best that can be achieved for them.
Philip is equally happy dealing with the most serious care cases, the most hard fought children family disputes and the most complex divorce, matrimonial finance and cohabitation cases.
He has been based in Canterbury, specialising in family law since 1990, having begun his career at the bar as a criminal barrister practising from the Temple (including the Attorney General’s set), where he developed the robust courtroom skills that now help him to get the best results for his family law clients.
Philip also has a Master’s degree in international human rights law and holds a Diploma from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He therefore deals confidently with the variety of international issues that arise in his practice, as well as having an instinct and determination for the protection of human rights generally and all those made vulnerable by mental and physical disability or by circumstances whether cultural, religious, racial or any another.
Philip is also a qualified Family Law (Children) Arbitrator (‘the Children Scheme’), by which private law children disputes may be dealt with by arbitration.
Probably Philip Newton’s most well-known case is his successful appeal from the High Court to the Court of Appeal representing the Appellant Mother in A –v- A Local Authority  EWCA Civ 1057, now a leading case on disclosure in care cases and involving complex cultural issues.