Rhodri Philipps, 4th Viscount St Davids

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Rhodri Colwyn Philipps, 4th Viscount St Davids (born 16 September 1966)[1] is a British peer, the eldest son of Colwyn Philipps, 3rd Viscount St Davids. Besides his viscountcy, which he inherited on the death of his father in 2009, he holds the older titles of Baron Strange of Knockin (1299), Baron Hungerford (1426), and Baron de Moleyns (1445), and the baronetcy of Picton Castle (1621). He is also a co-heir to the barony of Grey de Ruthyn.

Philipps is married to the interior decorator Sarah Louise Butcher.[2] The heir presumptive to the viscountcy is his younger brother Roland, a blues musician who uses the name Todd Sharpville.

Legal problems[edit]

Philipps has received media attention since at least the early 2000s in relation to his business and legal affairs. He was first declared bankrupt in 2002,[3] and subsequently held directorships in several companies.[4] In September 2008, having been denied bail as a flight risk and held on remand for around a year, Philipps was given a two-year suspended prison sentence in a German court[n 1] for mismanagent of funds related to his construction company Hans Brochier, from which he transferred a seven-figure sum to a newly registered company in the UK in 2005.[5][3] In 2009 he appealed against the sentence.[6]

In September 2010, the Philipps's West Sussex property, Strange Place, in Northchapel, was repossessed by Barclays Bank.[7] In March 2011, he was made bankrupt for a second time,[8] and in November 2011 his wife Viscountess St Davids was sued for unpaid debts.[2]

In March 2012, Philipps unsuccessfully sued offshore legal advisors Corporate & Chancery Group for £110 million in the Supreme Court of Mauritius, alleging fraud and mismanagement.[9] In February 2016 he was declared bankrupt for a third time.[10]

Following a complaint made in November 2016, Philipps was arrested in January 2017 by Metropolitan Police officers investigating online abuse against a 51-year-old woman. In March 2017 he was charged with malicious communications with racially aggravated factors, over alleged threats against Gina Miller, the woman behind a successful legal challenge against the UK government's intention to give notice to leave the European Union without an act of parliament.[11][1]


Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Man charged with malicious communications". Metropolitan Police. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b Walker, Tim (17 November 2011). "Viscountess St Davids taken to court over 'debts'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  3. ^ a b "Aristocrat back in the bankruptcy courts". Manchester Evening News. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Rhodri PHILIPPS - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
    "Rhodri Colwyn PHILIPPS - Personal appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  5. ^ Pancevski, Bojan (15 March 2008). "Rhodri Colwyn Philipps squanders firm's cash". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Viscount St Davids". The Daily Telegraph. London. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  7. ^ Walker, Tim (30 September 2010). "Viscount St Davids's estate is to be repossessed". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  8. ^ "Individual Insolvency Register". The Insolvency Service. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  9. ^ Walker, Tim (3 March 2012). "Troubled Viscount St Davids fails to get a break in Mauritius". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  10. ^ "RHODRI ST DAVIDS - Bankruptcy Orders". The Gazette. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  11. ^ "Man charged over 'threats' to Gina Miller". BBC News. BBC. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Colwyn Philipps
Viscount St Davids