Year of Call: 2003
Clerk: Michael Lieberman
Phillip is a specialist civil practitioner who brings his personable and knowledgeable approach to a practice that includes chancery, commercial, personal injury, administrative, employment and common law work. He is recommended in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 guides. Within the 2019 Chambers & Partners guide, where he is recommended for chancery work, sources say "He is excellent. He is a very good operator and a very safe pair of hands." Previous editions had reported that he is a "good all-rounder and a reliable advocate." They also said: "He's good on his feet and a good cross-examiner. He's thorough and he knows the papers well, so he doesn't let people off the hook." He has been described as "bright" and "able" in the Legal 500 Guide, in which he is currently recommended as a leading junior in employment cases, and for construction, planning and environment matters. The 2018 edition highlights his "expertise in village green inquiries."
His work encompasses all aspects of chancery law including property, boundary and rights of way disputes in civil courts and in HM Land Registry Adjudications, and trusts, probate and Inheritance Act matters. Phillip also handles commercial and common law work including contract claims, building disputes, business tenancy renewals, and insolvency matters. His personal injury work involves fast track and multi track claims for claimants and defendants in matters such as road traffic accidents, including those where fraud is alleged, highway tripping claims and occupiers’ liability proceedings.
Phillip is also regularly instructed to handle employment cases where he is recommended in the Legal 500, in which he was described as "an effective advocate who deals with a range of issues, including redundancy, unpaid wages and TUPE.” He appears for both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.
In the field of administrative law, his work includes judicial review matters acting for both claimants and defendants, particularly in the field of education law, and also in planning disputes and village green inquiries, where he has acted for applicants and objectors alike.
Some of Phillip’s notable cases in recent years include:
- acting for Ofsted in successfully opposing the grant of an urgent High Court injunction to prevent the publication of a report into a chilcare provider;
- appearing for a Respondent in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court on the valuation of a commercial lease, involving cross-examination of expert valuation witnesses at trial;
- successfully resisting an appeal in the Court of Appeal on conduct subsequent to a conveyance being of relevance to a boundary dispute - reported here;
- a four-day Court of Protection hearing (High Court) in successful opposition to a husband's attempt to become welfare deputy for his wife - reported here;
- a three-day village green inquiry concerning land owned by a private objector;
- appearing on behalf of a local authority in defending a challenge to its taxi drivers' licensing policy;
- successfully appealing to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on an error of law made by the tribunal below - reported here;
- acting as junior Counsel in judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal concerning the closure of a primary school - reported here;
- appearing for four defendants in a five-day hearing over boundary and right-of-way issues.
Phillip has also been instructed in multi-party accident claims involving damages in excess of £150,000; successfully opposed an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the making of a suspended possession order in relation to residential premises; and handled a professional negligence claim against a solicitor for failing to advise a client of a caution over a property, including succeeding at a trial on a preliminary issue concerning limitation.
Phillip is a member of the Wales Commercial Law Association. He was educated at Amman Valley School before going on to study at Jesus College, Oxford and Cardiff University. He is able to converse in Welsh.