Phil joined Chambers in October 2018, following the successful completion of his pupillage. He is developing a broad commercial, public and civil law practice. Prior to coming to the Bar, Phil was sponsored at university by a private equity firm before working as a strategy consultant at Accenture. His work was focused mainly on the financial services sector, and he was involved in the largest financial restructure of a major UK bank since the financial crisis. He also worked in mergers and acquisitions on various due diligence, valuation and acquisition projects with leading private equity houses. Prior to pupillage, Phil was awarded Middle Temple’s top scholarship for his legal training, and won the Rosamund Smith Moot Competition.
Phil has a particular interest in public and administrative law. During pupillage, he assisted in a Privy Council case concerning constitutional challenges to mandatory life sentences in Trinidad and Tobago. He assisted with further fundamental rights matters, including the legality of accommodating child detainees in adult facilities, from other Caribbean jurisdictions. He has an interest in immigration and asylum law, and is instructed pro bono by Bail for Immigration Detainees.
Phil has expertise in financial regulation, having worked in his previous career with banks following the introduction of the Financial Services Act and Basel III regulation. In particular, he was involved with ring-fencing and stress testing various financial institutions, during which he worked closely with the Treasury. He is keen to build a practice in banking and financial services.
During pupillage, Phil worked with supervisors on a broad range of commercial and chancery matters, for example:
Phil has also been instructed to draft pleadings concerning breach of contract and quantum meruit claims, as well as appear as sole counsel in interlocutory hearings.
During pupillage, Phil assisted Daniel Lewis in a five week trial in the High Court, in acting for the claimant company in a claim concerning shadow and de facto directorship, breach of fiduciary duty, unlawful distribution and unlawful means conspiracy. He also assisted in a range of corporate insolvency and bankruptcy matters, including a claim under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 for transactions at undervalue, as well as a claim for a declaration that an assignment was void under section 127 and should be set aside. Phil is instructed regularly in his own right in bankruptcy and insolvency matters in the County Court and High Court.
Phil regularly advises and acts in claims involving jurisdictional and conflicts of law issues, particularly in the area of travel law, and he has experience in claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Montreal Convention and the Athens Convention.