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Philip has practised at the Bar since 1991.
In crime, he prosecuted and defended for a number of years but now has an exclusively defence practice. He has extensive experience of cases involving murder and serious violence, firearms, rape, drug importation and production, major fraud and asset forfeiture.
He has burgeoning practices in the areas of family and employment law.
Before the Bar, Philip worked in the City for a US bank, drafted and monitored loan agreements for a small London merchant bank and analysed the profitability/viability of UK corporations.
He also spent a period investigating asbestosis compensation claims in Cleveland, Chicago and New York City.
Philip was the criminal advisor at Tottenham Law Centre at the time of the Broadwater Farm unrest in 1985.
Philip now exclusively defends in cases involving:
- fraud (UK and international);
- money laundering and counterfeiting;
- large-scale drug importation, trafficking, supply and production;
- murder, manslaughter and other serious violence including armed robbery;
- rape and other sexual offences;
- child cruelty and neglect;
- asset forfeiture and confiscation.
- R v M (Southwark CC) – serious benefit fraud.
- R v T (Norwich CC) – multi-handed case involving large-scale cannabis production in Norfolk.
- R v O (Basildon CC) – 2-week multi-handed trial involving fraud carried out on vulnerable householders: these elderly people were defrauded out of money for gardening and landscaping work which was never carried out.
- R v B (Reading CC) – B acquitted of rape and attempted rape after a 2-week trial: complainant was cross-examined at length about a number of messages on social media.
- R v R (Maidstone CC) – 2-week trial involving a particularly unpleasant aggravated burglary in which the inhabitants were subjected to violence and high-value property was stolen.
- R v D (Winchester CC) – A former employee of a set of barristers’ chambers faced multiple counts of theft from clients: the Crown allege that she falsely purported to be qualified to offer advice on immigration law.
- R v L (Basildon CC) – L acquitted of causing GBH with intent, having been accused of pushing an elderly disabled woman down a flight of stairs and breaking her arm and her leg (which may need to be amputated), despite his ‘admissions’ of guilt recorded on body-worn video.
- R v A and another (Canterbury CC) – 2-week trial of a husband and wife accused of assisting the illegal immigration by an individual to an EU member state, featuring over 15,000 pages of phone evidence to examine and analyse.
- R v HB and others (Nottingham CC) – HB acquitted of involvement in a £1.3 million multi-handed fraud after the defence requested further statements from the first defendant – who had pleaded guilty to organising the criminal operation – which confirmed that HB had played no part in the unlawful enterprise: 7 defendants accused of making numerous false claims for ‘signing’ support work purportedly carried out for the deaf, with 5 still facing a 2-month trial.
- R v U (Snaresbrook CC) – 2-week trial concerning the large-scale supply of class A drugs and firearms, with voluminous phone contact evidence.
- R v T and others (Isleworth CC) – 2-week trial of 3 sisters accused of the violent kidnap and false imprisonment of a young woman, with a considerable amount of phone contact data to analyse.
- R v RH (Snaresbrook CC) – RH charged with a £100,000 benefit fraud and acquitted after the defence produced evidence that properties the Crown alleged she owned in fact belonged to her former partner.
- R v P (Portsmouth CC) – 2-week trial involving the possession of a large number of extreme pornographic images and indecent images of children, with expert reports to consider and utilise.
- R v PR (Guildford CC) – PR faced an allegation of buggery dating back 35 years.
- R v N (Inner London CC) – 2-week trial of a young mother facing a number of allegations of child cruelty to her stepchildren and neglect of her own infant daughter.
- R v A (Isleworth CC) – A acquitted after a 5-day trial of importing a large quantity of class A drugs into the UK.
- R v HR (Central Criminal Court) – HR (a nightclub doorman) acquitted of manslaughter after a trial involving the single punch killing of a customer, with expert evidence playing a significant role.
- R v TR (Central Criminal Court) – Crown accepted TR’s plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after he had been charged with the murder of a fellow hostel resident by stabbing him in the heart, cutting his throat and battering him over the head with a hockey stick 35 times.
- R v T and others (Derby CC) – 3-week multi-handed trial involving a conspiracy to rob a number of security vans, featuring a significant amount of cell-site evidence.
- R v AH and others (Central Criminal Court) – 4-week trial of a number of males charged with attempted murder and GBH during incidents of serious Tamil gang violence, featuring extensive CCTV evidence.
- R v M and others (Harrow CC) – 2-month 6-handed trial concerning an extensive credit card fraud.
- R v S and others (Snaresbrook CC) – 5-month multi-handed trial involving the large-scale importation of class A drugs from Holland hidden in a consignment of dog food.
- R v D and others (Luton CC) – D acquitted of murder after 5-month 10-handed trial involving the killing of a young man attacked by a large group of males.
- R v DR (Southwark CC) – 2 trials involving advance fee frauds targeting businessmen from Scandinavia and Africa.
- R v VB and others (Wood Green CC) – 4-month multi-handed trial centred on a multinational fraud carried out against victims in Africa and the Far East.
Philip has a growing family practice, specialising in contact, residence and other private law disputes over children, international child abduction, domestic violence applications and divorce proceedings and financial relief orders.
- M v B (Watford Family Court) – represented B in M’s application for a Child Arrangement Order: the court permitted B regular weekend contact with his children.
Employment & discrimination
Philip has considerable experience in the areas of unfair dismissal, redundancy and racial and disability discrimination.
- K v B (Croydon Employment Tribunal) – represented K at 2-day hearing of his claim for unfair dismissal against a nationwide pharmacy chain: K alleged he was subjected to racial discrimination and had been dismissed unfairly as a result of unsubstantiated allegations of sexual impropriety with other staff members
- His most recent case before lockdown was in March 2020 and involved a claim for discrimination by a disabled employee against a London borough. The disputed issues included:
- whether the claim had been brought in time
- the nature of the claimant’s disability and its effects
- the exact discrimination suffered by the claimant
- the basis for the borough’s original decision to make a ‘reasonable adjustment’ by funding the claimant’s support worker
- the support the claimant required to carry out his duties
- the borough’s decision to withdraw its funding
- the ‘substantial disadvantage’ to the claimant resulting from this withdrawal of funding
- the borough’s victimisation of the claimant
- the claimant’s ‘protected disclosures’.
Philip has experience of cases involving occupancy and condition/disrepair of properties.
- MA in Jurisprudence – University of Oxford
- Called to the Bar – Gray’s Inn 1982
Hobbies & interests
Philip enjoys watching football, cricket and rugby and reading modernist novels and poetry.