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Philip has a general civil law practice, with particular experience in personal injury, disease (NIHL/HAVS) and abuse cases.

Educated at Nottingham High School and then the University of Sheffield, Philip was a Wolfson and Hardwicke scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.  He completed his pupillage in October 2011 and has been a tenant since then.

Away from the Bar his family keeps him occupied, but he also enjoys sport (as well as working hard to preserve his status as - allegedly - one of the ‘hottest’ male barristers in the Regions, according to a certain website).

Personal Injury

Personal injury forms a large part of Philip’s advocacy and paperwork practices.  He maintains a fairly equal split between Claimant and Defendant work.  He is experienced in Fast and Multi Track claims, including on appeal.

His current caseload includes advocacy and drafting in the following types of case:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Highways Act cases
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Defective premises
  • Product liability
  • Industrial disease (including NIHL, HAVS, asbestos related illness and limitation)
  • Physical and/or sexual abuse (including historic abuse)
  • Animals Act cases.

He deals with all aspects, including on appeal, of credit hire claims arising from road traffic accidents.

He has particular experience of cases involving limitation and complicated issues of causation.  He is regularly instructed on CICA appeals.

He has acted in several multi-day inquests, including those where his own client also has one eye on bringing, or potentially having to defend, subsequent civil proceedings.

Philip represented the Claimant in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council [2014] EWHC 4005 (QB), a 3 week trial in the High Court (where he acted alone against a Silk), a case involving a claim for damages as a result of historic physical and sexual abuse and involving application of the non-delegable duty of care established in Woodland v Essex County Council [2013] UKSC 66.  The case was subsequently appealed NA v Nottinghamshire County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 1139, and permission is now being sought from the Supreme Court.

Philip is happy to consider instructions on a CFA basis and to consider working under damages-based agreements where appropriate.


Philip has experience dealing with trials and interim applications in disease cases, for Claimants and Defendants alike, on both the Fast- and Multi-Tracks.

Likewise he is busy drafting pleadings and attending conferences with clients/experts in disease cases.

There has recently been a meteoric rise in the number of deafness cases, which represents about 80% of Philip's disease practice, but his caseload also includes HAVS, dermatitis, upper limb disorders, occupational asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Clinical Negligence

Philip’s current caseload includes several claims arising out of alleged negligent cosmetic surgery, botched beauty treatments and delayed diagnosis (or misdiagnosis) of serious medical conditions.

He appreciates the need in such cases for a tactful and sympathetic approach.

Property and Chancery

Philip deals with cases on all tracks. He has recently been involved claims concerning:

  • Spillages and leaks causing property damage
  • Nuisance
  • Trespass
  • Party Walls Act


Philip regularly attends CCMCs and oral hearings following provisional assessments of costs for both paying and receiving parties. He is interested in continuing to grow his costs practice.

Notable Cases

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Disease
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Property and Chancery
  • Costs

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Recent News

  • Supreme Court Appeal Hearing

    The appeal hearing in the case of NA -v- Nottinghamshire County Council will be before the Supreme Court on 8th & 9th February 2017. Philip Davy represents the Claimant.

  • Update on NA -v- Nottinghamshire County Council

    The Court of Appeal found against the Claimant: NA v Nottinghamshire County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 1139. However, permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been sought. Further updates in due course.

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