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 a US$200m+ shipbuilding arbitration, a US$100m LCIA arbitration claim arising out of a coal offtake agreement, a Bermuda Form arbitration arising out of extensive criminal wrongdoing in a prominent US religious organisation, and a number of LMAA shipping matters ranging from a time charter safe port dispute to a claim by the bareboat charterers of a fleet of chemical tankers against the vessels’ former managers.
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.
Shipping and shipping-related work is at the core of Philip’s practice. He has acted (both led and as sole counsel) in a wide range of charterparty, COA, bill of lading and other marine disputes.
Philip has extensive experience acting for both insurers and assureds in cases arising across a range of sectors, including marine, professional liability, property, cargo, business interruption and travel risks.
Much of Philip’s work takes place in arbitration, and he is familiar with proceedings conducted under LMAA, LCIA and other institutional rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations.
Philip’s civil fraud experience includes being led on a major Commercial Court trial arising out of the collapse of a ponzi scheme, as well as acting alone in smaller cases with a fraud element.
Beyond his shipping, insurance and civil fraud work, over the past few years Philip has also acted (led and unled) in a wide variety of other commercial disputes.
In addition to his work in chambers’ core practice areas, Philip has also been involved in a variety of cases falling outside those specialisms:
November 2014: called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn
2013-14: Bar Professional Training Course, City University London (Very Competent)
2012-13: Graduate Diploma in Law, City University London (Commendation)
2009-13: D.Phil History, Oxford University
2008-9: MSt Historical Research, Oxford University
2005-8: BA History, Oxford University (First Class)
Scholarships and Awards
Senior scholarship, Corpus Christi College Oxford, 2011-12
Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholarship, 2009-12
Hawksmoor Essay Medal, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 2009
Undergraduate scholarship, Corpus Christi College Oxford, 2006-8
Christopher Bushell Prize for History, Corpus Christi College Oxford, 2007 and 2008