Phillip Blatchly

Specialist in:

In addition to his financial practice, Phillip is instructed in complicated and intractable private law children disputes, especially in respect of cases involving international cross-border disputes (both Hague and non-Hague Convention jurisdictions).

This represents the focus of Phillip’s practice. He is routinely instructed in cases involving offshore assets, trusts, complicated company structures and hidden wealth.

Phillip has acted in many cases involving preliminary technical legal arguments, on the strength of which the main proceedings stand or fall. Recent examples include the extent to which a party should be held to an agreement, the effect of a party’s failure to comply with the rules of disclosure and establishing / resisting claims by interveners to ownership of assets that would otherwise be subject to the court’s dispositive powers.

Phillip has appeared in courts of all levels, up to and including the Court of Appeal, where he has appeared both with and without a leader – these cases have often become guiding authorities on the points of law in issue.  His reputation for powerful and effective advocacy is grounded in valuable experience in criminal work in his early career.

Reported cases
21st January 2019 | Bailii

Wodehouse v Wodehouse [2018] EWCA Civ 3009

The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against an order in financial remedy proceedings directly against a discretionary trust, of which the husband was a potential beneficiary, to make a lump sum payment to the wife. The judge had had no power under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 s.23(1) to make such an order against a third party.
20th March 2017

Norman v Norman [2017] EWCA Civ 120

Court of Appeal dismisses proposed appellant's application to set aside consent order made in financial remedy proceedings
8th February 2017 | Bailii

Norman v Norman [2017] EWCA Civ 49

Wife's appeal in financial remedy proceedings in which she sought an anonymity order and argued that the law in this regard should change. Appeal refused
26th March 2014

N v N [2014] EWCA Civ 314

Appeal against a decision that there had been material non-disclosure during the course of an appeal. Consideration of the circumstances in which a court may, on the grounds of material non-disclosure, set aside an order for financial provision following divorce.


Elected Member of the Bar Council (2011-2014)
Elected Member of the Young Bar Council (2011-2014)
Committee Member of the FLBA (Regional Representative 2009-2010, Co-opted Member 2011-2014

What the directories say

‘Phillip Blatchly handles matters in the private client sphere relating to family breakdowns and focuses on complex cases involving trust structures and non-disclosure of assets. His advocacy is notable for its utilisation of technical legal points to progress cases. He is experienced in related private client issues such as Inheritance Act proceedings.
“Philip is exceptional. A ferocious but considerate barrister, who is really gifted in terms of his advocacy, and someone who endears himself to judges and clients alike.” “He is a skilled advocate and has an impressive technical grasp of the law.” 
Recent work: Appeared unled in the Court of Appeal, in a case concerning the extent to which a potential interest in a discretionary trust can be regarded as a resource which can be affected by a financial order.’
Chambers & Partners 2019

“An extremely persuasive advocate” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2018

“He’s very good at reading the situation and the judge, and he can change his line of attack very easily. On his feet he’s very erudite and very persuasive. Philip gives very good advice in conference and he can cut through issues easily.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is a solid performer – clients really feel he fights their corner” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2017

“A very good advocate who is excellent at explaining legal points in a comprehensible way and is prepared to take a judge on.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

“He has an excellent manner with clients, provides pragmatic and robust advice, and is meticulous in his presentation.”
The Legal 500 2016

“He’s extremely well prepared, experienced beyond his years and very persuasive in court. He’s a fantastic negotiator, who manages the client’s expectations well. He is so nice and gently persuasive that you have no idea you are coming round to his way of thinking.” 
Chambers & Partners 2016

“…a brain like a calculator.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

Professional Memberships

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple