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.
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. He accepts Conditional Fee Agreement work in appropriate cases.
Phillip is also regularly instructed to handle employment cases. He appears for both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal in matters dealing with unfair dismissals (including constructive dismissals), redundancy and discrimination in the workplace.
In the field of administrative law, his work includes judicial review matters acting for both claimants and defendants, planning disputes and village green inquiries, where he has acted for applicants and objectors alike.
Some of Phillip’s most recent notable cases include a three-day village green inquiry concerning land owned by a private objector (2012); injunction proceedings relating to the suspension of a primary school headteacher (2012); appearing on behalf of a local authority in defending a challenge to its taxi drivers' licensing policy (2012); successfully appealing to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on an error of law made by the tribunal below (2012); acting as junior Counsel in judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal concerning the closure of a primary school (2011); and appearing for four defendants in a five-day hearing over boundary and right-of-way issues (2011). He was also instructed in a multi-party accident claim involving damages in excess of £150,000 (2011), and successfully opposed an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the making of a suspended possession order in relation to residential premises (2008). He has also 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 (2011).
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.