2014, Middle Temple
Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Court) - 2017
Recorder - 2019
Criminal Bar Assocation
University of Leicester (LL.B Hons)
Those unfamiliar with Phil’s history should not be fooled by the 2014 call date. By the time he came to the Bar to take up the offer of tenancy here at 9 St John Street, Phil had already built himself a formidable reputation as an advocate.
In 2005 he qualified as a solicitor with a busy specialist criminal practice, and by 2008 he was a solicitor-advocate spending his daily life before judge and jury in the Crown Courts. Along the way, the head of Cardiff University’s law school wrote a letter describing him as "one of the most talented young solicitors we have ever had through the duty solicitor programme".
Having earned his stripes in the eyes of both the bench and the Bar, Phil was offered the chance to join the criminal team at 9 SJS in December 2014. He hasn't looked back since.
From his start as a dedicated defence lawyer, Phil's portfolio has diversified to include a wide mixture of work on both sides of the courtroom.
He is a category 3 prosecutor and a specialist rape and sexual offences advocate, and is also instructed on a regular basis by the CPS complex casework unit, particularly in relation to gangland, firearms and organized crime prosecutions. He has recently begun prosecuting counter-terrorism work, and he has a very strong grounding in the most complex disclosure, intelligence handling and technical expert evidence. He has significant experience of assisting senior counsel, and has successfully led more junior counsel in multi-handed prosecution work.
Phil is instructed to defend in the most serious of cases, and has represented defendants charged with murder, manslaughter, rape, fraud, cyber-crimes, drug importation and supply, and fatal driving offences, to name but a few. He has developed a particular reputation for successfully defending professionals such as police officers, care staff and prison officers charged with abusing those in their care or otherwise taking advantage of their positions of authority.
In 2017 Phil was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates' Court), sitting for 10 weeks a year across the North of England. In September 2019 he was appointed as a Recorder.
Throughout all these roles Phil prides himself on delivering the expertise demanded of the Bar, layered with the diligence, touch and understanding carried over from his years as a solicitor.
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