Payne Hicks Beach

Philip McGuirk

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Philip advises on all aspects of family law, with his primary focus on financial remedy work. With a reputation for being commercially minded and pragmatic he is regularly instructed in complex financial litigation, more often than not with an international dimension involving HNWIs. He advises on pre/post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements and cohabitation contracts. Philip has a busy practice in pre/post-nuptial agreements, often with a foreign element working with overseas experts. Philip represented the successful husband in one of the early post Radmacher cases (V–v-V (Prenuptial Agreement) [2012] 1 FLR 1315). Philip also deals with disputes relating to children; principally schedule 1 and section 8 CA 1989 applications.

Cases of interest include:

•MB-v-EB (No.2) [2019] EWHC 3676 (Fam);

•MB-v-EB [2019] EWHC 1649 (Fam);

•MA-H-v-ZS [2012] EWHC 3271 (Fam);

•H-v-S (Recognition of Overseas Divorce) [2011] EWHC B23 (Fam);

•V-v-V (Prenuptial Agreement) [2011] EWHC 3230 (Fam);

•B-v-B (Ancillary Relief) [2010] 2 FLR 887;

•Judge-v-Judge [2009] 1 FLR 1287 CA;

•Corbett-v-Corbett [2003] 2 FLR 385 CA;

•Attar-v-Attar (Nos 1 & 2) [1985] FD 649 & 653.


Qualified 1985; James & Sarch 1983-2000; joined Payne Hicks Beach as a Partner in 2000.