Chambers and Partners ranks Phillip as a leading barrister in the field of matrimonial finance, where he is described as “… extremely well prepared, experienced beyond his years and very persuasive in court. He’s a fantastic negotiator, who manages the client’s expectations well. He is so nice and gently persuasive that you have no idea you are coming round to his way of thinking.”
Phillip is a private client specialist. His practice focuses on resolving the financial consequences when relationships end, whether through separation, divorce or death. He is routinely instructed in cases involving offshore assets, trusts, complicated company structures and hidden wealth.
He has represented family clients in courts of all levels, up to and including the Court of Appeal, where he has appeared both with and without a leader. His reputation for powerful and effective advocacy is grounded in valuable experience in criminal work in his early career.
Phillip has acted in many cases involving preliminary technical legal arguments, on the strength of which the main proceedings stand or fall. Recent examples include the extent to which a party should be held to an agreement, the effect of a party’s failure to comply with the rules of disclosure and establishing / resisting claims by interveners to ownership of assets that would otherwise be subject to the court’s dispositive powers.
In addition to his financial practice, Phillip is instructed in complicated and intractable private law children disputes, especially in respect of cases involving international cross-border disputes (both Hague and non-Hague Convention jurisdictions).
Phillip regularly provides lectures and seminars to a variety of different organisations from independent solicitor firms to regional law societies (including both London and Surrey Resolution and the West London Law Society) and online audiences through CLT.