Philip has significant experience when it comes to Public Law challenges. When he was a pupil and junior tenant, he would pursue the criminal courts’ decisions by way of challenging them in the High Court. Philip rarely appears in the Magistrates Court anymore. Still, his passion for utilising the rule of law to ensure that Public and Regulatory bodies are kept in check remains strong and is an area of law that he relishes.

Philip has been involved in numerous High Court challenges by way of Judicial Review and defences in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.


Some previous cases

Nick Ramsay AM v Paul Davies AM (unreported) High Court [2020]

Successful challenge to the lawfulness of the Conservative Party’s action against a prominent AM



Philip has also been instructed counsel for the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association.



Pipe v DPP [2012] EWHC 1821 (Admin)

Successful Case Stated application. Philip acted on behalf of the successful Applicant in the High Court and previous defence counsel defending a speed more than 100 mph on the basis of the defence of necessity. This is now the leading authority in relation to necessity and duress of circumstances. 


Stevenson & Ors v Southwark[2011] EWHC 108 (QB)

Represented the former manager of Jessy J. A five-week trial of Misfeasance in Public Office against allegedly corrupt and misfeasant Planning Officers (against Lord Faulks QC). 


Watson v National Taxation Team[2011] EWHC 3962 (QB)

Judicial Review on the amount solicitors and counsel should be paid for privately paying successful criminal defences. This arose out of a successful privately paying accountant who had been accused of assault by a sister of a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Abuse of process proceedings were pursued, a District Judge recused himself (accordingly) and the Defence was successful (led by Yvonne Coen QC). 


007 Stratford Taxis v Stratford on Avon [2011] EWCA Civ 160

Successful resistance in the Court of Appeal to a challenge by way of Judicial Review of the Local Authorities Policies relating to Disabled Taxi access with David Lock QC.


Stratford Upon Avon v Dyde [2009] EWHC 2011 (Admin)

Successful defence of a Case Stated hearing on behalf of the Prosecuting Licensing Authority as to the correct fares to be charged when a Taxi is also a Hackney Carriage. Complex matter as to whether a criminal offence could arise based on a conflict in relation to the contractual price and the displayed meter (put simply).


Melton v Uttlesford (R on the Application of Melton) [2009] EWHC 2845

This is a case that Philip ran from pupillage. It went from the Licensing Committee, Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and then into the High Court in a rolled-up Case Stated and Judicial Review procedure’. It involved a Taxi driver who lost his licence to drive in accordance with an (argued unlawful and strictly) applied policy relating to Stansted Airport. Instructed by Tim Gir of Sanders Witherspoon LLP.

Clients often find themselves in difficult situations, which may need fighting or diffusing in or out of court. Either option is available, and both are supported by guidance concerning the law and tactical advice to obtain the best possible outcome.