Norman v Norman  EWCA Civ 120
Both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 rank Phillip as a leading barrister in the field of matrimonial finance. They describe him as “having a brain like a calculator”, “being willing to take a judge on” and “experienced beyond his years and very persuasive in court”. Phillip is a private client specialist. His practice focuses on resolving the financial consequences when relationships end, whether through separation, divorce or death.
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).
This represents the focus of Phillip’s practice. He is routinely instructed in cases involving offshore assets, trusts, complicated company structures and hidden wealth.
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.
Phillip has appeared in courts of all levels, up to and including the Court of Appeal, where he has appeared both with and without a leader – these cases have often become guiding authorities on the points of law in issue. His reputation for powerful and effective advocacy is grounded in valuable experience in criminal work in his early career.
Norman v Norman  EWCA Civ 49
N v N  EWCA Civ 314
AppointmentsElected Member of the Bar Council (2011-2014)
Elected Member of the Young Bar Council (2011-2014)
Committee Member of the FLBA (Regional Representative 2009-2010, Co-opted Member 2011-2014
What the directories say
“Phillip is exceptional. A ferocious but considerate barrister, who is really gifted in terms of his advocacy, and someone who endears himself to judges and clients alike.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
“An extremely persuasive advocate” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2018
“He’s very good at reading the situation and the judge, and he can change his line of attack very easily. On his feet he’s very erudite and very persuasive. Philip gives very good advice in conference and he can cut through issues easily.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
“He is a solid performer – clients really feel he fights their corner” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2017
“A very good advocate who is excellent at explaining legal points in a comprehensible way and is prepared to take a judge on.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
“He has an excellent manner with clients, provides pragmatic and robust advice, and is meticulous in his presentation.”
The Legal 500 2016
“He’s 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.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“…a brain like a calculator.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple