Ross Phillips

Ross Phillips

Partner

Ross is a Partner in the firm’s Family department, based in our Calne office. He joined Goughs in 2011 and has been exceptionally well received by existing clients and has built an impressive portfolio of his own, with most coming through client recommendations. Here are just a couple of examples of what they had to say about Ross:

“For me divorce was a hugely stressful and difficult time. I had a business that I relied upon and wanted to protect and access to my two children was imperative. The legal world is not one I was overly familiar with however I felt like I needed to act as my divorce was stuck in a cycle of one solicitor writing to the other back and forth like an expensive tennis match with both sides just trying to score points. So I decided to make a change. On a recommendation I spoke to Ross Phillips and shortly afterwards I instructed him to act for me.

Ross instantly recognised what was important to me and moved to protect that. He was a voice of reason, even protecting me from myself at times. However he always and without question acted in my best interests to achieve for me the best possible result in the shortest possible time scales. To anyone reading this, pick up the phone to Ross - it will be the best decision you make.”

D R, Malmesbury

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“I engaged Ross Phillips to manage my acrimonious divorce. Having worked with two previous solicitors, I needed someone who would pay attention to detailed aspects of my case to ensure a positive financial outcome for myself and our children.

Ross did not disappoint. He always gave very balanced realistic advice and listened in a compassionate and attentive way when I voiced my concerns. He managed communications with the other party in a direct no nonsense way to achieve our aims whilst proactively managing costs. I would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Ross to others and have indeed done so on many occasions since my divorce was settled.”

J E, Chippenham

Ross is an experienced family law specialist and advises a broad range of clients covering all legal and practical aspects of family breakdown including:

  • Divorce
  • Financial disputes and settlements involving complex issues, freezing injunctions, business interests, pre-marital wealth, pensions, trusts and the dissipation or concealment of marital assets.
  • Separation between unmarried couples, including disputes over property ownership and the preparation of agreements between unmarried couples to protect their contributions.
  • Disputes concerning children including issues surrounding taking children abroad, relocating within this country or oversees, contesting allegations of domestic abuse and changing a child’s name.
  • Domestic abuse and injunctions representing physical, emotional, psychological or financial abuse victims and defending alleged perpetrators.


Ross tailors his approach to disputes depending upon the client's individual needs. He is regularly instructed by those going through an acrimonious separation who require support throughout and often a forensic analysis of assets where money has been dissipated or hidden.

He applies a robust approach where required to resolve disputes quickly and in the best interests of the client. He also gives pragmatic and commercial advice at an early stage where there is a risk to one party’s financial security or where the other spouse is seeking to delay, obstruct or frustrate what should otherwise be an amicable reconstruction of the couples’ finances following separation.

He often advises in matters concerning high net worth individuals with multiple properties, trusts, business interests, inherited wealth, pensions and assets abroad.

Understanding it is sometimes difficult to see a solicitor during normal working hours, Ross is happy to offer a free 30 minute consultation at short notice and is willing to be flexible as to the timing of such appointments

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Where did you grow up?
Charlestown, Cornwall

What was your first job?
Paper round

What are your hobbies?
Going to the gym, running around after our children and walking the dog

What is your favourite food?
Cornish Pasty

What is your favourite drink?
Thatchers Gold

What is your favourite film?
Good Will Hunting

What is your favourite group/artist?
The Libertines

What is your favourite book?
The Stand by Stephen King

Any personal ambitions?
To run a full marathon and own my own boat