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Philip has prosecuted and defended, but now exclusively defends, in all areas of crime. He also practises in family law, employment law, regulatory work and actions against the police.

Crime

Philip has prosecuted and defended, but now exclusively defends in cases involving:

    murder, manslaughter and other serious violence;

    firearms;

    rape and other serious sexual offences;

    child cruelty/neglect;

    indecent images;

    fraud (UK and multinational);

    money laundering and counterfeiting;

    large-scale drug importation, trafficking, and supply.

Philip also has extensive experience of asset forfeiture and confiscation proceedings, including drafting/varying/setting aside Restraint Orders.

Recent cases

  • R v D (Winchester CC, ongoing) – A former employee of a set of barristers’ chambers faces 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, 2018) – 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, 2018) 6-day 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, 2017) 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, 2017) 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, 2017) 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, 2016) 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, 2016) 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, 2016) PR faced an allegation of buggery dating back 35 years.
  • R v N (Inner London CC, 2016) 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, 2015) 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, 2012) 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, 2011) 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, 2011) 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, 2011) 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, 2011) 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.

Education

  • MA in Jurisprudence – University of Oxford
  • Called to the Bar – Gray’s Inn 1982
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