Phil enjoys a broad commercial, public and civil law practice.
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 Financial Services Act and Basel III. This experience means that he is well placed to understand the issues in high value commercial disputes. He was also 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 and Chancery matters. A selection of his experience includes:
* Advising shareholders as to jurisdictional issues in a banking restructure.
* Advising shareholders in a claim for unfair prejudicial conduct.
* Acting for a Premier League footballer in recovering against a third party under a contract for rental services.
* A mis-selling claim concerning pension investment schemes and securities.
* A claim by a Nigerian bank to set aside a novation agreement for fraudulent misrepresentation (as a pupil).
* A claim for unpaid sums under a lease agreement concerning manufacturing equipment in Uzbekistan (as a pupil).
* Advising and acting as sole counsel in various claims for breach of contract and restitution.
Phil regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and before Insolvency and Companies Court Judges in company and insolvency matters.
His practice frequently involves appearing as sole counsel in contested winding up and bankruptcy petitions. He recently advised a respondent in a high value bankruptcy matter concerning a personal guarantee provided to a company’s creditor, and appeared unled in the ICC in a complex application to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition.
He has 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.
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 is due to appear (led by Peter Knox QC and Robert Strang) in two Privy Council appeals from Trinidad and Tobago concerning the interpretation of the Constitution relating to the tenure of the judiciary: Marcia Ayers-Caesar v (1) The Judicial and Legal Service Commission (2) The Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago (2019/0091 and 2019/0014). He previously 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 Caribbean jurisdictions.
He has a growing interest in immigration law. He accepts instructions in judicial review proceedings, and is frequently instructed pro bono by Bail for Immigration Detainees.
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 able to advise and draft pleadings and documents for a number of individuals and small and medium sized businesses on a direct access basis. 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.
Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)