Philip Rule

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Appointed to the preferred counsel panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2019. Legal Aid Barrister of the Year winner of the Legal Aid Practitioner Group’s LALYs award 2017.
Philip’s inquest practice encompasses advice and representation for family members. He has acted for family members in cases including self-inflicted deaths; and has particular expertise in cases engaging the investigative duty of the state arising by virtue of the positive obligations to protect life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He usually attends inquests in London and the Midlands, but is willing to accept instructions in other locations also.
Philip is junior counsel to the family of one of the deceased whose inquest is to be heard in 2021 by the Chief Coroner concerning the terrorist events at the Fishmongers’ Hall and London Bridge in late 2019.
He has acted on behalf of a family seeking to secure a fresh inquest to comply with the state’s Article 2 ECHR investigative duties where they had been initially unrepresented and the coroner had at that inquest read through the police and medical evidence. Philip assisted with judicial review and with an application to the Attorney-General for a fiat to enable the bringing of a fresh inquest (pursuant to section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988).
Philip is presently involved in an inquest in which he is seeking recognition of the Article 2 ECHR duties that, as the law has developed, arise in an outpatient setting where there is a known risk of self-harm or suicide.
In addition, he is also instructed on behalf of care service providers in inquest proceedings, and therefore understands the workings of organisations that provide essential care to the elderly and disabled in the community.
Philip settled proceedings and appeared before the Chancery Division of the High Court in a case concerning the Worcester Crematorium, a funeral care home and the representatives of a deceased person, seeking an injunction to prevent a funeral proceeding to enable a person suspected of a homicide offence and under police investigation to obtain a pathologist’s post-mortem of the body prior to its destruction.
Philip juniored to Nageena Khalique QC in the Court of Appeal in judicial review proceedings concerning the conduct of an inquest and the test for causation involving Art. 2 ECHR (R (Wiggins) v HM Assistant Coroner for Nottinghamshire [2016] EWCA 1414).
He spoke at No5’s Annual Inquest and Public Inquiries seminar in 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 spoke at the joint Bar Council and Law Society conference in Bogota, Colombia, in 2019 on issues of public law accountability and judicial review.
Philip has spoken about, amongst other things, judgment in 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 ongoing 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.
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 facing 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.

Latest News & Publications

The Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands has allowed the appeal against conviction for indecent assault by a man who had been sentenced to 3 years and 3 months for an allegedly indecent assault involving touching of a woman's breasts....

Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020
Philip Rule discusses a recent case regarding the release of Sri Lankan refugees from detention after 10 months...

Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2020
Henry Pitchers QC, Philip Rule and Ramya Nagesh, of No5 Chambers, are instructed to represent the family of Saskia Jones...

Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2020