Phil specialises in errors and omissions and professional indemnity claims, insurance and reinsurance disputes and claims against directors and officers. He has been involved in high-profile, high-value disputes concerning solicitors, surveyors, accountants, brokers, and directors and officers.
Phil has conducted numerous high profile and important court disputes, including successes in the Court of Appeal in Hibbert Pownall Newton v Whitehead 2008, Nouri v Marvi in 2009 and Lyons v Fox Williams in 2018; the successful multiple claim summary judgment application in Lewis v Ward Hadaway 2015 – the leading case on court fee abuse – and the successful defence of the superyacht transaction dispute in Healey v Shoosmiths 2016. Phil has twice given evidence in High Court trials on clients' behalf (Zurich v Karim 2006 and Equitas v Horace Holman 2007) and has extensive mediation and arbitration experience.
Phil is recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers and has been praised in the directories for being “on top of what the market’s up to”, having “an astute immediate and intuitive grasp of the relevant issue in any case” and for being a “decisive and efficient and a lateral thinker who doesn’t get bogged down in the detail.”