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Philip is an established specialist in matters raising issues under the Human Rights Act 1998, international human rights instruments, concerning civil liberties or raising constitutional issues. Philip’s expert public law practice often involves cases that have a civil and criminal law overlap or elements of both engaged. Though with those roots, Philip’s practice extends into other areas. He has a wealth of experience in public law matters across a relatively wide-range, including legislative challenges, and the consultation duties of public authorities, amongst others. Philip also provides professional training through seminars, lectures and Inns advocacy training. He has considerable experience in matters that have gone before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal (both Divisions), and Administrative Court, amongst others. Before the Administrative Court Philip’s principal work is judicial review. He is also experienced in habeas corpus and the Part 8 claim process and conducting case stated appeals from the lower courts. He has been successful in many ground-breaking cases and is recognised for his skill identifying novel points and legal issues of general public importance. He has been listed annually by the Legal 500 since 2013 with recognition as a first-tier leading junior in public law, with “great attention to detail...”, “A very confident operator in judicial review matters”, “A public law specialist with expertise in judicial reviews and civil claims arising from unlawful treatment of prisoners”, "judicial review expert Philip Rule"; "able to intersect different areas of law to obtain the best possible outcome". Appointments and awards include: Head of the Public Law Group Equalities and Human Rights Commission Panel appointee. HSE, CQC, Env. Agency, et al, Regulatory Counsel panel appointee. 2017 Legal Aid Barrister of the Year - Legal Aid Practitioner's Group Award 2017/2018 Nominated for Barrister of the Year by the Modern Law Awards Pupilsupervisor (2010)
Can an interim driving disqualification order be imposed during an adjournment to determine special reasons in driving offence proceedings?
Do the money laundering offences under Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002) apply to only UK nationals and companies or are foreign nationals and businesses also caught by these provisions? Do the money laundering offences under POCA 2002 have extra-territorial effect?
Does a Sexual Offences Prevention Order with a specified duration come to an end automatically at the end of that term?
How can a party to criminal proceedings challenge the admission of evidence which is irrelevant to the trial of an offence? How can the decision of a trial judge to admit such evidence be challenged?
My client is in custody pending trial. On what basis can the custody time limits (CTLs) be varied in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and how will an application be made? What representations can the defence make to resist the extension of the CTL?
Where an investigator wishes to carry out an identification procedure under PACE Code D, is the suspect ‘unavailable’ if they have been informed (by phone or letter) that the investigator wants to do an ID procedure and refuses to consent or comply or are they only considered ‘unavailable’ when they have formally been served with papers by an inspector and then decline to consent?
Human Rights Lawyers Association (Executive Committee)
Criminal Bar Association
Bar Human Rights Committee
Administrative Law Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
1999 Lincolns Inn Hardwicke Scholar
1999 The Swords Prize 2000 (best undergraduate dissertation in law at Southampton)
2000 Southampton University Internal Debating Competition Prize
2000-2001: Post-Graduate Diploma in Law awarded by City University
2001 Lincolns Inn Walter Wigglesworth QC Scholarship
2000-2001: Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course
1997-2000: University of Southampton, law degree (LLB (Hons))
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