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About us

Philip Harmer is a commercial lawyer, arbitrator and owner of the Surrey based Stormcatcher Law. He is best known as a leading automotive and used car expert specialising in classic car, high performance and prestige car disputes and fraud in the UK and Internationally.

He is an independent, specialist lawyer and consultant providing legal services across a wide range of practice areas including consumer rights, business law, corporate governance and corporate wrongdoing and construction law.

He was given the nick name “Stormcatcher” by his first corporate clients for his incisive business analysis, aptitude and success in solving business problems and dispute resolution.

Renowned for his straight talking, down to earth approach and commitment to delivering high quality affordable legal advice and services.


Different from solicitors and barristers we don’t operate from expensive high street offices or chambers, operating without clerks, secretaries or partners.

With limited overheads we are able to offer affordable fixed price legal services at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. Our lean business model, means you get to speak to a lawyer or paralegal straight away.

By offering an initial 15 minute consultation and free legal advice offers businesses and private clients a try before you buy experience unheard of in the legal profession.

Our fixed fee services, centre around a collaborative approach to resolving disputes. We work closely with client’s to not help reduce the costs and the stress of the putting their future in some else’s hands while but to helping to deliver the best solution for them.

We are insured by the industry’s leading insurer in accordance with recommended requirements.


Philip came to law as a second career following a successful career as a motor trader, vehicle leasing and bodyshop owner. Having taken an access to law course as Mid Kent College he was encouraged to study law.

He studied full time, while maintaining a full-time role within Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK, graduating with a qualifying law degree from the University of Kent.

From thereon he graduated with a Masters degree in international commercial law focusing on corporate governance and wrongdoing. He passed the Bar Professional Training Course, qualifying as a barrister.

Despite this he does not practise as a barrister and does not hold a practising certificate, although holds professional indemnity insurance. This is simply because his unique background, experience and demand for his expertise drove him to enter private practise rather than enter pupillage.





Although Philp qualified as a barrister, he is not entitled to practise as a barrister. He does not have a practising certificate and is not on the register of practising barristers. Therefore, in providing any legal services he is not acting as a barrister and is not subject to many of the rules which regulate practising barristers.

He can provide you with legal advice and represent you before certain Tribunals but cannot represent you in Court. He aims to provide you with a good service and if you have any concerns about what he does for you, please let us know and we will try to resolve the problem.

But you should know that you would have only limited rights to complain about him to anyone else. The Legal Ombudsman, which can adjudicate on complaints about poor service by practising barristers, cannot consider any complaint against him.

If we cannot resolve your concerns, you can complain to the Bar Standards Board and it will investigate whether he has failed to comply with any of the rules which apply but it cannot investigate possible breaches of rules which apply only to practising barristers.

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