Philip Perrins > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC
1GC | Family Law

Work Department

Family law (including divorce and ancillary relief).


Philip’s main area of expertise is acting for spouses or other related parties in matrimonial finance applications. He is instructed not only on behalf of wives and husbands but also other parties, such as those intervening in or joined to proceedings. He has experience of contested applications where there are allegations of non-disclosure; where one party fails to engage in the proceedings; cases involving complex financial structures and trusts; and in cases where there is an international dimension, including disputed jurisdiction and reciprocal enforcement applications.

Philip has a particular expertise in complex matrimonial proceedings and has acted in a number of cases concerning declarations as to status and the recognition of foreign divorces; these have included securing a ‘Hudson v Leigh’ declaration in respect of a ceremony in Goa; the recognition of an alleged tribal marriage ceremony in Nigeria; the validity of a marriage that took place in the Moroccan Consulate Offices in London but not in accordance with English law; and, an alleged nikah that took place in Pakistan. 

Notable Cases:

Fisher Meredith v JH and PH (Financial Remedy: Appeal: Wasted Costs) [2012] 2 FLR 536, which contains important guidance from Mostyn J on the obligations on one spouse or the other to join relevant third parties.

Dukali v Lamrani (Her Majesty’s Attorney General intervening) [2012] 2 FLR 1099, in which Homan J considered whether the ceremony celebrated at the Moroccan Consulate in London constituted a valid, void or non-existent marriage between the parties under English law. There was also an issue as to whether the Moroccan divorce ought to have been recognised here, but it was not necessary to determine that issue in view of the court’s finding, as argued by Philip for the respondent, that this was a ‘non-marriage’. This was the first occasion on which the interpretation of ‘marriage’ in s12 of the MFPA 1984 has arisen in reported case law. The Court of Appeal approved this decision in the highly publicised case of Sharbatly v Shagroon [2012] EWCA Civ 1507.


Year of Call: 2002, Middle Temple.

Current editor of 1 Garden Court Newsletter and editor of the family breakdown division of Butterworths Civil Court Precedents
Part of a team of contributors from 1 Garden Court to the reissue of Volume 5 (3) and (4) of ‘Halsbury’s Laws of England’


Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
Middle Temple
Joseph Jackson Memorial scholar
Caroline Lester Prize winner
Middle Temple Benefactors scholar
Awarded Lloyd Jacob Memorial Exhibition


Monmouth School
University of Bedfordshire (2000 First Class LLB (Hons))
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University (2001 LLM)
Inns of Court School of Law (2002 BVC)


Family life, cycling, squash, supporting Gloucester rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Perrins1GC | Family Law ‘Philip is a very skilled barrister and the go-to choice for complex HNW cases. His case preparation is superb, and his case strategy and negotiation strategy is highly skilled. His cross-examination of witnesses is extremely good.’

1 GC | Family Law is a set with ‘an exceptional array of brilliantly bright and knowledgeable barristers’. Penelope Clapham is ‘intelligent, fearless, extremely hardworking, and exceptionally numerate’ and represents clients in matrimonial proceedings as well as cohabitees in disputes. Philip Perrins is ‘unflappable, superbly prepared, excellent on his feet’ and a matrimonial finance specialist with expertise in international cases, including disputed divorce jurisdiction and marital status cases. Rising star Annabel Barrons is ‘extremely thorough and good at remembering every detail of a case’, and her practice encompasses the full spectrum of work within financial remedy proceedings.