Philip Woodward


I grew up in a farming environment in and around Mold, Flintshire before to attending the University of Manchester to study for a degree in American Studies. After graduating I then studied law at the College of Law, Christleton and I qualified as a solicitor in 1984. Since then I have gained a wealth of experience of many areas of the law in both private practice and in local government.

I am a Resolution accredited specialist in Family Law. Resolution is an organisation whose members are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems and which encourages solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children.

I specialise in divorce cases, financial disputes following the breakdown of a relationship and children issues such as with whom they shall live with and how much contact they should have with the other parent or other family members.
In 2009 I was admitted to the Law Society’s Children Panel and I regularly represent parents, other family members and children in Care Proceedings in the Family Courts across North Wales, Chester and Liverpool.

In my spare time I enjoy playing football and badminton and engaging in other outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and gardening.

News and media

  • News
    • Posted on January 21, 2020
      Making the decision to separate or divorce is not easy, especially when there are children involved. You could be feeling a sense of shock, sadness or anger as well as worrying about how your separation will affect your children and relationships with family and friends. There are probably financial and practical worries bubbling away too. A distressing time becomes overwhelming if your ex-partner says they are going to stop you from having contact with your children. There are many reasons for this, and contact denial can happen at any time – not just immediately after separation or divorce.

      Here we talk about what you can do to make sure child access arrangements are fair to everybody, and most importantly, that your children’s welfare is at the core.
    • Posted on January 9, 2020
      The decision to divorce is never easy. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, whatever your circumstances. Being in a relationship can feel like a comfort blanket, and separation can leave you with a cold sense of loss. You might be scared about starting again on your own, or excited, or both. If you have children you’ll be worried about the impact on their wellbeing, and you may also be worried about child and financial arrangements.

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