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Philip Rutter

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Partner in Bishop & Sewell LLP

Areas of Practice

Economic Sectors




Philip is a specialist family lawyer. He has significant experience in claims for financial provision on divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements, civil partnership dissolution, and cohabitation agreements and disputes. He has expertise in dealing with children cases, including residence and contact disputes.

Many of his cases have an international dimension and he is a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Philip has been involved in a number of leading family law cases during his career and has been recognised in legal directories including Chambers and Legal 500 where he has been described as “a great pragmatist” and “sagacious”. He is named as a prominent figure for family and matrimonial work in the Citywealth Leaders List.

Attempting Reform to Financial Claims on Divorce

One of the biggest difficulties divorcing couples face is the uncertainty of outcome on their financial claims.

People moving to another country should always take advice on the effect residing in another jurisdiction will have on their legal position. 

Mills v Mills – Spousal Maintenance Isn’t a Bail Out

Very few Family law financial cases get to the Supreme Court and Family lawyers were hoping for significant guidance in the difficult area of applications to vary spousal maintenance orders.