Phil was called to the Bar in 1991 and has practiced in the East Midlands ever since. Phil tenaciously prosecutes and defends serious crime. He is a Level 4 prosecutor and is on the prosecution rape panel. Phil is a very well known and respected member of the Midland Circuit.
Over the past 23 years, Phil has acted in many high profile cases, principally in the East Midlands. He is though happy to travel throughout England and Wales, and occasionally beyond. He was an integral part of the defence team in a notorious 14 week long Old Bailey trial involving allegations of conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery.
Phil deals with all serious criminal cases, but particularly those involving violence and homicide, large scale drug related offending and serious sexual offending involving vulnerable witnesses.
Phil has just concluded the successful prosecution of Bharat Soma with Adrienne Lucking QC. Soma was convicted of the Attempted Murder of both his intended bride (by arranged and coerced marriage) and of her boyfriend. The 8 week trial dealing with Honour Based Violence issues concluded with convictions and a sentence of 23 years imprisonment.
Phil successfully defended Aaron Biggs in the notorious ‘Bin Bag Murder’, a case involving the killing and dismemberment of a 14 year old boy. Phil recently successfully prosecuted a 15 year boy for the manslaughter of an innocent middle aged man in the street. Phil is a Public Access Barrister enabling him to accept instructions directly from the public in appropriate cases.
Phil has completed the Inner Temple/Advocacy Training Council Vulnerable Witness Training Course with, amongst others, Mrs Justice McGowan and Sarah Whitehouse QC.
Phil has an additional interest in Sports Law. He has acted in sporting disciplinary tribunals for the British Swimming Association and he represented Chinese Taipei at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland against the International Olympic Committee. He has written about Sports Law for, amongst others, LawInSport.
Phil has provided an annual advocacy workshop and training materials for Kaplan Law School BPTC in London. He is also a pupil supervisor. All 5 of his former pupils enjoy successful practices on the Circuit.
R v Graham Simms – serial sexual offending against young boys
R v Carl Mace – historic rape
R v David Driver – death by dangerous
R v Catherine Pegg – Attempted Murder
R v Sandeep Bhanaut – successful defence case involving sleep apnoea and fitness to stand trial
R v Leon Osbourne – Attempted Murder
R v Jadon Jackson – Manslaughter
R v Peter Cort – multiple kidnappings
R v Anderson and Others – Drugs Conspiracy