Philip specialises in personal injury, professional negligence and clinical negligence work.
His caseload has an equal claimant/defendant split across what are now almost exclusively higher-value or complex cases.
All types of PI work undertaken, including:
- Accidents at work
- Public liability claims
- Industrial disease (noise, vibration, asbestos etc)
- Clinical negligence and dental negligence
- Animals Act claims
- Catastrophic and life-changing injuries
- Abuse claims (historic sexual and physical abuse), an area of particular expertise
Recent and current caseload involves claims against solicitors, barristers, expert witnesses, accountants, surveyors, aestheticians and social workers.
In his last 5 cases for Claimants, all have settled either following close of pleadings or at early mediation/JSM, securing substantial compensation at an early stage in the litigation process.
Conversely, in the last two cases in which he was involved for the Defendant (relating to alleged solicitor negligence), the solicitor was entirely exonerated; in one case at Trial and in the other at an early Defendant application to strike-out the claim (which was successful).
Philip is keen to continue developing his practice in this area but is already handling several cases with pleaded values in excess of £100,000.
Philip is regularly instructed on JSMs and CCMCs, alongside his paperwork practice. He is available to conduct remote hearings, as well as being able to travel nationally.
He has been on the winning side in the Court of Appeal (where he appeared as sole counsel against a KC), and in the Supreme Court in the case of Armes (now regarded as the ‘high water mark’ of the doctrine of vicarious liability).
He has twice been nominated for PI Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards, in 2022 and 2023, alongside considerably more senior practitioners. He is the only junior to have been nominated in both consecutive years and one of only two outside London.
He is always at the end of the phone to answer any queries, believing that early and continued collaboration with instructing solicitors is the best way to a successful outcome in any case. He is valued for being a straightforward communicator in court and for his personable manner with clients.