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Philip studied Law at the University of Nottingham where he graduated with an Upper Second Class Degree.  At University he was awarded the Law Graduates’ Association Moot Prize.  He undertook his Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School where he was graded “Very Competent”.  During his BVC, Philip won the 2010 International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition in Paris, competing against 43 other Universities around the world.

Prior to joining Chambers, in July 2011 Philip spent three months working for the International Arbitration Team at a leading international law firm in Paris.

Away from the Bar, Philip’s interests include travel, theatre, real ale and spending time with family and friends.


Philip specialises in cases of industrial disease involving noise-induced deafness, vibration and exposure to harmful dusts and asbestos.

He has been instructed on multi-track trials, appeals, show cause proceedings in the Queen’s Bench Division and interim hearings.

He has acted for clients at Inquests and is regularly instructed to settle pleadings and to draft applications.

Recent cases of note include:

  • Junior counsel in the Supreme Court case of McDonald v National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC [2014] UKSC 53;
  • Junior counsel to Patrick Limb QC in a conjoined appeal to HHJ Robinson at the Sheffield County Court on the circumstances in which a Defendant would be granted permission to rely upon its own medical evidence in Noise Induced Hearing Loss cases on the Fast Track;
  • Instructed to act for the Defendant on a £300,000 HAVS trial.

Personal Injury

Philip has extensive experience of trial advocacy and interim hearings, incorporating the full range of personal injury litigation.

His practice focuses on employers’ liability cases, occupiers’ liability cases and highways cases.

He also regularly acts in cases arising from road traffic accidents (including credit hire disputes), counter-fraud cases and Animals Act cases.

Philip has a wide-ranging paperwork practice, advising both Claimants and Defendants, as well as settling Court proceedings. He regularly advises on liability, quantum and issues of medical causation.

Commercial and Chancery

Philip’s commercial and chancery practice incorporates issues of contractual disputes, property disputes and insolvency. He has experience of trials in a range of commercial cases as well as regularly representing parties at interim hearings. He frequently advises and drafts proceedings in commercial and chancery matters.

He has also represented parties in commercial mediations involving commercial disputes and professional negligence.

Philip has advised and acted in cases involving probate disputes.

Clinical Negligence

Philip acts for Claimants and Defendants in clinical negligence and care cases, including representation at Inquest and at the advisory stage.

He has acted in numerous cases involving the negligent development of pressure sores, failures to supervise patients who are at risk of falling and surgical negligence.

Notable Cases


Macmillan and Godfrey, Age discrimination and enhanced redundancy payments (2011) 216 E.O.R. 24-26

Macmillan and Godfrey, How to manage sickness policies and disability-related absences (2011) 217 E.O.R. 22-23.

Areas of Work

  • Disease
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial and Chancery
  • Clinical Negligence

Professional Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Philip Successful in Lafferty -v- Newark & Sherwood District Council

    Lafferty -v- Newark and Sherwood District Council [2016] EWHC 320 (QB)

    The case of Lafferty v Newark and Sherwood District Council has considered whether s.4(4) of the Defective Premises Act 1972 imposes a form of strict liability.

    Jay J, dismissing the Claimant’s appeal, held that s.4(4) acts only to extend the situations in which s.4(1) of the Act applies, and that there is no strict liability obligation under s.4 of the Act.

    Philip successfully represented the Respondent in the appeal, the Judgment for which can be found here.


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