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,
Acted as junior in the case of R ( on the application of Sam Daniels) and the Rt Honourable Prime Minister, Theresa May  EWHC 1090 (Admin), which was heard in the Divisional Court. This was a challenge to the decision of PM Theresa May to appoint Sir Martin Mooore-Bick to sit alone when conducting the Grenfell Inquiry. Philip was led by Hugh Southey QC ( Matrix Chambers) and instructed by Birnberg Peirce on behalf of the resident who brought the challenge
Acted for the successful appellant in Jamaicans for Justice v Police Service Commission and another ( Jamaica)  UKPC 12, a Privy Council appeal. He argued that the Police Service Commission in Jamaica breached fundamental rights by promoting a senior police officer, while serious allegations against him had not been fully and properly investigated. Philip was led by Hugh Southey QC (Matrix) and instructed by Simons Muirhead and Burton.
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 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,
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,
Acted for a Claimant in a 4 day civil jury trial: action against the police for assault and false imprisonment
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