Philip Rea

Director, Family Law

About Philip

With more than 20 years experience, Philip is a Family Law specialist with a reputation for providing tailored, robust and effective advice focusing on clients’ priorities and objectives. With a specialism in high net worth matters, he is regularly instructed by business owners, directors, medical professionals, and professional footballers.

Philip is recognised as a Leading Individual for Family Law in the 2023/2024 Legal 500 and is a member of Resolution, an organisation for family lawyers that strives to resolve family disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way. With extensive advocacy experience, he is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist Panel member for financial remedy and private law children matters.

Philip remains passionate and committed to helping and guiding people through their family law matters and, with a reputation for excellent client care, he always seeks to achieve the best outcome for his clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • No fault divorce
  • Separation agreements
  • Same sex marriages
  • Civil partnerships
  • Financial orders
  • Child arrangements
  • Clean break settlements
  • Maintenance (child and spousal)
  • Pension sharing
  • Family homes
  • Division of debts
  • Family businesses
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements

How Philip Can Help

Dealing with divorce and separation, especially cases involving significant wealth, can be complex. With so much to consider, such as complicated financial arrangements, business assets, and sometimes even multiple jurisdictions, it is important to seek legal advice which can take care of everything for you and bring the situation to a swift and satisfactory conclusion.

Philip has a wealth of experience with representing entrepreneurs, business owners, and those in the public eye. His straightforward and driven approach to legal advice is something clients appreciate and is often key to securing a positive result.

What people say about Philip

There is not enough on the form for me to express how thankful and grateful I am of your true professionalism! You have been nothing short of outstanding throughout the proceedings. It is not often you meet a solicitor that is so transparent, honest, driven and determined to an individual in need – For that I am truly thankful. Be sure that I will be in touch for any legal matters in the future and I will also be recommending you to friends, colleagues and the like. For now I wish you well and I hope you continue to go above and beyond in a job that you clearly love and enjoy! It certainly shows in your delivery.

Dave Barnes

This marks the successful conclusion of my case which started over a year ago and I just wanted to send this email to thank you for everything you have done for us throughout and for your diligent, detailed, compassionate and always positive help which guaranteed the best outcome for me and I for one will never forget what you have done for us!

Adam Thompson

I am really pleased I chose Philip Rea to represent me for my divorce. He spoke in plain English, was very supportive and didn’t baffle me with jargon. He was extremely responsive with emails, and even if he was in court for the day, would usually still respond within a couple of hours. Philip kept the divorce on the straight-and-narrow, and I felt he really was aiming for a result in my best interests i.e. to minimise legal involvement (this didn’t seem to be the case for my wife’s lawyer). Throughout the case, Philip clearly highlighted my position, and did a good job of helping to smooth the way to a fair settlement. Overall 10/10 and would definitely use him again!

Sean Blanks

“Philip Rea is the ultimate professional and I am so glad that he was on my side of the table rather than opposing me. The attention to detail, energy, enthusiasm and dedication to both his profession and to me as his client was truly outstanding. Philip kept me up to date at all times and even when he was out of the office, whether at court or sometimes on annual leave would answer any queries or reassure me on any questions that I might have raised. He did this in plain and simple layman terms which enabled me to fully understand how things were going. If this is the benchmark in service and professionalism at Thursfields then it would simply be idiotic and illogical for me to consider any other law firm. Philip- thank you so much for everything that you have done. You have made it all so much better.”

“Due to a family legal matter I was required to appoint a solicitor. I reached out to a number of solicitors including Thursfields to seek advice on the matter. I had a number of replies from the other solicitors with poor knowledge and incorrect guidance on the matter except for Thursfields. I was contacted by Philip Rea – family solicitor who has been absolutely brilliant. I trusted in him straight away and decided to use them to help me with my legal matter. From start to finish I have received first class service and the matter is now resolved and I cannot be thankful enough. Philip has been very professional and supportive throughout and maintained a professional and empathetic approach without question. I felt like he had our back and was fighting our corner. Communication was excellent and I was always kept in the loop and received timely responses and thoughtful updates. It is not very often that you receive a service that genuinely feels they are there for you and this was without question the service I received.“