Prior to coming to the Bar, Phil worked in private equity and at a leading strategy consultancy in the City. He was involved in the largest financial restructure of a UK bank since the financial crisis, and worked in mergers and acquisitions on various due diligence, valuation and acquisition projects with leading private equity groups.
Prior to pupillage, Phil was awarded Middle Temple’s top scholarship for his legal training, and won the Rosamund Smith Moot Competition.
Phil brings extensive commercial experience to his practice at the Bar.
In his previous career, he gained expertise in banking, financial services and securities, capital restructuring, as well as regulatory regimes following the implementation of the Financial Services Act and Basel III. His experience means that he is comfortable acting in high value commercial disputes. He was recently seconded to the commercial litigation department of Peters & Peters LLP, and welcomes the opportunity to spend time in-house.
He is developing a broad practice across various commercial matters
Instructed (led by Simon Davenport QC) in an ICC arbitration concerning an agreement to construct geothermal power plants worth $2bn.
Acting as sole counsel in Clutch v DDI Holdings Ltd and Others, a Commercial Court claim for discovery services in litigation.
Acting as sole counsel for a Premier League footballer in a claim to recover under a contract for rental services.
Advising in a QBD mis-selling claim concerning pension investment schemes and securities.
Phil regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and before Insolvency and Companies Court Judges in insolvency matters.
Phil has further experience in a range of corporate insolvency matters, including shadow and de facto directorship, breach of fiduciary duty, unlawful distribution, transactions at an undervalue and section 127 declarations.
His practice also frequently involves appearing as sole counsel in contested winding up and bankruptcy petitions.
PME Cake Ltd v Craig  EWHC 1783 (Ch) – Concerning whether a liability under a Tomlin Order crystallises or replaces any liabilities arising by virtue of the underlying agreement in dispute (permission to appeal has been granted)
Re Jolly Sailor Private Limited  EWHC 897 (Ch) – Appearing for the successful respondent in an appeal before Zacaroli J concerning whether company accounts are conclusive of a debt in winding-up petitions.
Servis Terminal v Drelle  EWHC 1333 (Ch). – Obtaining the first security for costs order in bankruptcy proceedings against a Russian state-owned corporate backer.
IV Fund Ltd SAC v Mountain  EWHC 738 (Ch): acting for the successful respondent in an appeal concerning expedition of a petition under section 270 IA 1986.
IV Fund Ltd SAC v Mountain: Acting for the successful applicant in obtaining a cancellation of a moratorium under Regulation 19 of the Debt Respite Scheme Regulations 2020 in the first reported judgment of the ICC under the Regulations.
Acting in a high value bankruptcy action arising from disputed judgments obtained in Russia (led by Simon Davenport QC).
Having worked in mergers and acquisitions in his time as a consultant, Phil is well-placed to act in shareholder disputes. He is developing particular expertise in claims for unfair prejudicial conduct, and is currently instructed as sole counsel in a range section 994 claims for members of early stage start-ups.
Phil has a particular interest in public and administrative law.
He is currently instructed as part of the Iraq Fatality Investigations, established following R (Ali Mousa and others) v Secretary of State for Defence  EWHC 1412 (Admin) in order to meet the state’s obligations under Article 2 of the ECHR.
He has experience in appeals to the Privy Council, particularly from Caribbean jurisdictions. He appeared for the successful appellant in two appeals (led by Peter Knox QC and Robert Strang) from Trinidad and Tobago concerning constitutional interpretation: Marcia Ayers-Caesar v (1) The Judicial and Legal Service Commission (2) The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago  UKPC 44.
He has also assisted in an appeal concerning mandatory life sentences, and has experience of appeals in further constitutional matters, such as the incarceration of child detainees in adult facilities, from other jurisdictions.
Phil regularly advises and acts in claims involving jurisdictional and conflicts of law issues, particularly in travel law. He has extensive trial experience in claims under the Package Travel Regulations, and appears frequently in interlocutory hearings. His practice also involves claims under the Montreal and Athens Conventions.
Phil is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies and other entities through the public access scheme (also known as direct access). He is happy to accept instructions on a direct basis in appropriate cases. If you wish to instruct Phil on a direct basis, please speak to the clerks.
For more information on public access, please see the Bar Council website.