Philip Rule Inquests, Public Inquiries and Coronial Law
Winner of the Legal Aid Practitioner Group’s award in 2017 for Legal Aid Barrister of the Year.
Philip spoke at No5’s Annual Inquest and Public Inquiries seminar on 21 April 2016, and attended the Public Law Project’s Inquiries, Investigations and the Law conference on 22 April 2016. He has a keen interest in legacy cases and transitional justice, and historic miscarriages of justice. Philip has spoken about, amongst other things, the most recent judgment of the High Court of Northern Ireland in the case of the murder of Patrick Finucane and the continuing efforts to obtain a public inquiry into his murder and State collusion. Philip is keen to use his background in criminal cases, including the use of covert human intelligence sources, to assist core participants in the Pitchford inquiry into the use of undercover policing.
Philip has a particular interest in detention and the safeguarding of vulnerable individuals. His detailed knowledge of the procedures and policies applied to detention for instance in police stations, and in prisons and young offender institutions, is an advantage to him in inquest and inquiry work that concerns events and deaths in custody. However Philip’s attention to detail and analytical strengths make him a force also in cases concerning detailed medical issues and contests of expert opinion. He has been instructed in cases concerning ‘shaken baby syndrome’ as well as a wide variety of psychiatric conditions.
As well as legal skills, Philip always seeks to bring to any case a humanity and understanding of the client’s interests in what is always a difficult and testing experience of litigation. He tries to develop a trust and understanding that gives the client full confidence that they will be assisted with courtesy and sensitivity, as well as being represented with force and vigour when called for.
Philip juniored to Nageena Khalique QC in the Court of Appeal in a recent case concerning a judicial review of the conduct of an inquest and the test for causation in an inquest involving Art. 2 ECHR (R (Wiggins) v HM Assistant Coroner for Nottinghamshire  EWCA 1414).
Philip is currently instructed by family members of a deceased applying to the Attorney General’s Office pursuant to section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988 to seek a fresh inquest.
In respect to other forms of inquiry, in 2017 Philip was instructed to advise the Chairman of a football association in the Caribbean in relation to an investigation by an anti-corruption commission concerning matters connected to the international investigations FIFA are undertaking into corruption and misappropriation of funds.
Philip was also instructed to advise the director of an organisation providing care and rehabilitation accommodation to remanded young boys acing a corporate manslaughter investigation following the drowning of one boy on a day trip conducted by the home.
Philip regularly appears before the Administrative and Divisional Court, and in the Court of Appeal, both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Philip’s Public Law profile lists his most high-profile work in judicial review and appellate cases, and his civil High Court and Court of Appeal successes. His Criminal Law page lists some of his criminal appeal successes.
Philip is also a specialist in civil claims for unlawful imprisonment, negligent imprisonment, and violations of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to liberty) amongst other protections.
Philip’s recent news can be seen at https://www.no5.com/barristers/barrister-details/436-philip-rule/