Philip maintains a broad practice encompassing shipping, insurance, civil fraud, and general commercial litigation. He has appeared as sole counsel in the Commercial Court and County Court, as well as being led in the Commercial Court and in arbitration. To give a flavour of his practice, Philip’s current or recent instructions include: acting (led by Robert Bright QC) in US$ 100m LCIA arbitration claim arising out of a coal offtake agreement; acting (led by Peter MacDonald Eggers QC) for the claimant bank in Aegean Baltic Bank S.A. v Renzlor Shipping Ltd & Ors (CL-2018-000706); acting for insurers in arbitration claim for a constructive total loss arising out of the arrest of a bulk carrier in Turkey; advising on coverage under the professional indemnity policy of an investment fund manager for the costs of defending Part 64 proceedings brought by a creditor seeking an order for the winding-up of the fund.
Philip has spent time on secondment at two leading solicitors’ firms. On his first secondment, Philip worked on an arbitration claim against a sovereign state involving allegations of abuse of power and corruption, as well as on a Commercial Court claim arising out of equities and derivatives trading in Dubai. He also carried out a range of research and advisory work relating to questions of jurisdiction, conflict of laws and state immunity. During the second secondment, Philip was exclusively involved in an extensive regulatory review of a complex programme of international reinsurance arrangements.
Philip is happy to accept instructions, on his own or led, in any commercial dispute.