Philip is head of chambers at Tanfield Chambers and took Silk in 2010 “…to the unequivocal delight of the market” (Chambers UK 2011). He is noted for his "fearsome" courtroom advocacy and for acting on complex and high-value cases.
"Philip is extremely user-friendly. His advice is clear, definitive and reasoned, and his willingness to provide strong opinions gives you real faith in your position." (Chambers UK 2014)
‘A real star, who is highly intelligent and a skilled advocate.’ (Legal 500 2014)
Real Estate Junior of the Year, Chambers Bar Awards 2009
Barrister of the Year, Enfranchisement Awards 2009
Within the property litigation field, Philip is noted for particular expertise in Leasehold Enfranchisement, together with the associated areas of Rights of First Refusal, Right to Manage, Right to Buy, and enfranchisement-related Professional Negligence claims. He is also noted for his experience in service charge disputes.
Philip has appeared in a number of leading real property cases, including the recent "squatters rights" judicial review in R(Best) v Chief Land Registrar  EWCA Civ 17  3 All ER 637, the House of Lords decisions in Cadogan v Sportelli  1 AC 226 and Howard de Walden v Aggio  1 AC 39, and Daejan Investments v Benson  1 WLR 854 in the Supreme Court.
Philip was called to the Bar during the property crash of the early 90s and has extensive experience in Property - insolvency and mortgage claims. He has wide experience in commercial landlord & tenant, rent review, easements, restrictive covenants and contracts for sale. Philip also knows his way around a party wall.
Philip is experienced in arbitration and expert determination. He also undertakes a range of work which shades into the commercial arena, including overage and clawback, profit sharing, aspects of banking law, fiduciary duty claims, freezing injunctions etc.
Chambers & Partners 2015:
"His expertise and knowledge of long leasehold and enfranchisment work are hard to beat"
"A very good advocate with a commercial, client-friendly approach"
Chambers & Partners 2014:
Considered a go-to counsel and a leading light on leasehold charges and enfranchisement matters. He is noted for his "fearsome" courtroom advocacy and for acting on complex and high-value cases.
"Philip is extremely user-friendly. His advice is clear, definitive and reasoned, and his willingness to provide strong opinions gives you real faith in your position." "He is responsive and technically excellent whilst also displaying superb commercial awareness."
‘pre-eminent’; ‘technically excellent, and displays superb commercial awareness’
‘A real star, who is highly intelligent and a skilled advocate.’
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Chancery Bar Association
Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners
Co-author: Megarry's Manual of the Law of Real Property 9th edition (Sweet & Maxwell 2014)
Co-author: Service Charges and Management; 3rd edition (Sweet & Maxwell 2013)
Co-author: Rent Review: A Surveyor's Handbook (RICS 2008)
Contributor: Smith & Monkcom, The Law of Gambling; 3rd edition (Tottel)