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.
Areas of law
- 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 Matrimonial proceedings
Phil has extensive experience in divorce and matrimonial proceedings (financial settlement). He accepts 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 in 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 the 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.
Phil is frequently instructed to advise and represent clients in relation to fact-finding proceedings. His front-line experience of service in the police force allows Phil to offer a deeper understanding of the serious allegations typically investigated in fact-finding hearings. He has extensive experience in dealing with cases involving allegations of substance abuse (drugs and alcohol), domestic violence and sexual abuse. He brings the same experience to bear when instructed to deal with injunctive remedies before the family courts (non-molestation and occupation order applications), especially those involving allegations of harassment and intimidation.
Court of Protection
Phil deals with a wide range of cases arising in the Court of Protection (COP). He accepts instructions from all parties to such proceedings including family members, local authorities, deputies, Protected Parties and the Official Solicitor. Phil has considerable experience and has dealt with cases of all ranges of complexity, from District Judge to the High Court. Phil's COP practice includes the following:
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
- Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Mental capacity
- Medical treatment
- Best interests decisions
- Welfare, including contact, residence and care decisions.
As an advocate, Phil has appeared in all levels of the Family Court in multi-day contested hearings from the Magistrates Court, County Court and High Court. He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of local authorities and a Guardian. He offers a commanding and authoritative courtroom presence, capable of both persuasive negotiation and also robust representation subject to the approach demanded by any particular hearing, case, client or opponent.
“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. ”
DH Lay Client
Re Q (Parental Order under The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990) (1996) 1 FLR 369, Re F (Children)  EWCA Civ 826, Re Q (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1610, Re S (A Child) & Ors  EWCA Civ 771