Called to bar 22 November 2012 - Grays Inn. Call to the bar in Jamaica, 1996
Philip is steadily building a public law practice across areas such as community care, matters under the Children Act (including age assessments), education, prison law and other areas. He routinely drafts grounds for judicial review at short notice in urgent applications, obtaining interim relief and favourable settlements of claim. He also acts as counsel in judicial review permission hearings.
Examples of Work,
Instructed by Liberty and led by Ms Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers, sought and obtained permission on behalf of Liberty to intervene in the UK Supreme Court in the case of R (on the application of JB (Jamaica) (Respondent) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant)  UKSC 8. The Court considered the question: Is the Secretary of State entitled by s94(5) of the Nationality and Asylum Act 2002 to add Jamaica to the list of states designated in s94(4) of the Act, where only a group forming a small part of the population ( namely, LGBT persons) are at risk of persecution. Acted for a Claimant in a 4 day civil jury trial: action against the police for assault and false imprisonment
Acted for Local Authority at judicial review permission hearing to successfully resist a challenge that an age assessment conducted on an Iraqi young man was not Merton compliant, Obtained both permission on papers and urgent relief preventing the removal from the UK of an unaccompanied minor on the basis of an impugned age assessment conducted by a Local Authority, Drafted judicial review grounds and obtaining urgent relief preventing the dispersal out of London of an asylum seeker who was wheelchair-bound and whose medical and mental health treatment and support were in London. Drafted judicial review grounds and obtained urgent relief for a “child in need” for accommodation and support from a Local Authority, pursuant under the Children Act,
Acted for local authority in removal of “nearest relative” under the Mental Health Act, Advised mentally disordered claimant on steps and damages in relation in an action against the police.
Advised on successful judicial review claim for the reversal of a decision of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to compensate a victim of rape in the Social Entitlement Chamber, Drafted judicial review grounds for a prisoner who challenged the failure to provide him with access to rehabilitation treatment course that was considered necessary for his release or progression, Advised in successful claim for trespass and battery at the Central London County Court, concerning animal rights, protestors, who argued that police action pursuant on s14 of the Public Order Act was unlawful, Philip has years of experience working as a barrister in crime in Jamaica and as an international human rights lawyer at the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington DC, USA, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Geneva, Switzerland, the Human Dignity Trust (HDT) in London, and as a legal consultant for inter-governmental organisations such as UNAIDS and various NGOs in the Caribbean and Africa. He has also worked at a prominent civil liberties firm in London on a range of public and administrative law matters, including on issues of national security, inquests and actions against the police and public authorities.
Philip is a Guardian Law contributor. He speaks conversational French.
“He's got a natural skill for written advocacy; he's very persuasive, clear and succinct.” “He's a hard worker and produced some of the best skeleton drafts.”
Chambers and Partners 2020
British Chevening Scholarship, 2000
Suffolk and North Essex Law Society (SNELS) for 1st place on the masters or Law (LL.M) 2000-01 programme, Essex University
Bar Transfer Test (BTT), 2012
Masters of Law (LLM) in International Human Rights law (Distinction), Essex University, 2002
Legal Education Certificate (Jamaican Bar Vocational course), Norman Manley Law School, 1996