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Phil was called to the Bar in 1991 and has practised in crime ever since.


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Phil is a Level 4 prosecutor and is a member of the RASSO CPS Advocates Panel.

He has been a member of the Midland Circuit for 27 years. He is fully trained and attuned to all issues relating to ‘vulnerable witnesses’. He was part of the prosecution team that successfully prosecuted one of the East Midlands first ‘Honour Based Violence’ trials.

He appears in Crown Courts throughout England and Wales. He specialises in prosecuting and defending serious crime, with a particular specialisation in, and experience of allegations of sexual offences.

Phil vigorously defends those accused of serious crimes throughout England and Wales. He is thorough, well prepared, approachable and tenacious. He was recently described as ‘firm but fair’ by a resident judge in a rape trial in which his client was acquitted after the cross – examination of the complainant.

Whilst appearing at Newcastle Crown Court in September 2019, Phil’s client was again acquitted of rape after his cross – examination of the complainant. The client wrote a review praising Phil for his ‘skill, knowledge and professionalism’, but also thanked him for his ‘care and emotional support’.

Phil has appeared in numerous other serious cases over the last 27 years and is highly experienced in cases relating to homicide, drugs and high – level violence. He was Junior Counsel in the notorious ‘Loughborough Bin Bag Murder’ case. His client was the only one of 4 to be acquitted.

Phil has an 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.

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