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 just a flavour of his practice, Philip’s current or recent instructions include: acting (led by Robert Bright QC) in a 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); and acting (as sole counsel) for insurers in a marine insurance arbitration claim for a constructive total loss arising out of the arrest of a bulk carrier in Turkey.
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.