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Philip Rule

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)
Contributed to


Practice Areas


  • Q&A Panel
  • Specialist Panel

Qualified Year

  • 2001


  • 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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