Philip studied law at The University of Leeds before going on to the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. He successfully completed the course and was awarded the Plowden Chambers Prize for the highest overall advocacy mark. In his spare time Philip was a keen amateur rugby player, until the birth of his two sons, he now has to settle for being an armchair supporter- when he is allowed!
Why should a solicitor choose me?
At the centre of Philip’s practice is client care and his approachable manner has enable Philip to forge good relations with both professional and lay clients. Philip is able to provide both advisory and strategic direction to a case. He is Grade 3 on the Advocacy Panel.
Philip began his career in the CPS and spent 10 years prosecuting, gaining a broad experience in criminal litigation and in providing charging advice. Philip quickly rose through the ranks and became a Team Leader for the Trials Unit in Middlesbrough. Philip successfully led a team of lawyers securing convictions, on a variety of cases including murders, drug conspiracies, and fatal road traffic incidents.
Philip left the CPS to join Fountain Chambers in 2015 where he has built up both a prosecution and defence practice and has conducted many trials including offences of section 18 GBH, armed robbery, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and arranging the commission of a child sexual offence.
Philip has experience in POCA work and has conducted POCA proceedings for both the CPS and Trading Standards.
Philip’s practice also involves regulatory offences and is frequently instructed by Trading Standards to prosecute.
R. v. I (2018) prosecuted for Durham County Council offences of possessing false trademarks and breaching the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
R. v. M (2018) prosecuted for Durham County Council offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations including engaging in misleading commercial practice and possessing criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
R. v. F (2018) prosecuted for Durham County Council offences under the Weights and Measures Act 1985.
R. v R (2017) causing serious injury by dangerous driving: prosecuted case which involved a failure to properly secure the load of the vehicle.
R. v. T (2017) section 18 GBH: prosecuted case where defendant had subjected victim to a sustained attack involving the pouring of boiling water over the victim.
R. v. C (2016) arranging the commission of a sexual offence: defended case were an undercover officer had engaged defendant in talk over an adult chat-line.
R. v. C (2016) Section 18 GBH: prosecuted case involving a stabbing defendant, received a 9 year sentence.
R. v. S (2016) armed robbery: prosecuted knife point robbery of a convenience store. The defendant received a 6 ½ year sentence
R. v. S (2015) child abduction: defended allegation that defendant abducted his nephew, the prosecution offered no evidence on day of trial.