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David Phillips QC

Call: 1976    QC: 1997

+44 (0)20 7306 0102dphillips@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

David is a senior silk with an established reputation as a strategist and advocate in the field of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He is also highly regarded in the fields of sport, professional negligence, and EU transport regulation.

David has conducted substantial pieces of litigation on behalf of the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (both on the Islands and in the Privy Council) in constitutional, commercial and judicial review cases, as well as litigation concerning the Islands’ recent Commission of Inquiry. David has also appeared in and advised on major matters for institutional clients in other Caribbean territories including Anguilla, BVI and the Bahamas.

David is the leading counsel directing the Turks and Caicos civil recovery programme. This is a high-profile programme employing some of the world’s leading asset recovery lawyers which is the result of an inquiry by Sir Robin Auld that highlighted widespread corruption in the Islands.

In 2009, the territory was returned to direct British rule and one of the largest civil recovery programmes, as well as a criminal programme, began. So far in excess of $21m in cash and more than 2,447 acres of land have been recovered in respect of civil recovery claims. The use of both civil and criminal mechanisms has allowed the government to decide on the best course of action for each case and this combined approach has been praised widely.

David is a Recorder of the Crown Court and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge, as well as sitting as an arbitrator in a variety of fields. David is recognised as a highly effective, no-fuss, easy to work with advocate.

He is rated as a leaders in his fields in both The Legal 500 and Chambers Directory, where not only has he been described as being “disarmingly talented” but, has also won approval as “a barrister who does not make a song and dance about things but who just gets them done”. More recently Chambers Directory commented that “his advocacy contains razor-sharp insight camouflaged by gossamer-soft presentation”. Legal 500, 2015 commend him for his  “excellent manner with clients” and his “excellent communication skills and great knowledge of sports law”.

David Phillips QC is listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2016 for Sports.