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David Phillips QC

Call: 1976    QC: 1997

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Practice Overview

David advises and litigates in a broad range of commercial matters including professional liability, regulatory, sports related matters and EU transport regulation, as well as mainstream commercial litigation. Over the past fifteen years David’s practice has developed to extend to a variety of overseas jurisdictions, most notably in a number of Caribbean countries (Anguilla, Antigua, BVI, St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands) but also Ireland, Bermuda, Gibraltar and Switzerland.

David has sat as a Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge for more than twenty years. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and regularly appears both as an advocate and legal chairman in domestic and international arbitrations. He is a legal member of the Football Association specialist panel, and of the FA Premier League panel. David is a Sport Resolutions appointed arbitrator, and a former tribunal chairman of the National Anti-Doping Panel.

David is recognised in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 as “an excellent all-round sports practitioner. Very amiable and a very effective, experienced advocate.”

In 2009 David was instructed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands as leading counsel to head the Islands’ Civil Recovery project. Since then David has been extensively involved in planning and executing the ensuing claims. Some have been resolved without litigation but many have been litigated. So far in excess of $21 million in cash and more than 2,447 acres of land have been recovered. David has conducted a large number of trials in the Supreme Court, appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council, mostly in the field of civil fraud/asset recovery but also in relation to related issues such as land registration and stamp duty. Most recently David succeeded in the Privy Council in Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands v Akita [2017] AC 590, a case which explores the extent to which an account of profits may be recovered in unconscionable receipt claims. The Akita litigation now continues in the Turks and Caicos Supreme Court.

David’s years of experience with the Turks and Caicos Civil Recovery programme have developed his skills of working in a team. The Turks and Caicos team was made up of other counsel, London commercial litigation solicitors, members of the Attorney General’s Chambers, as well as external advisors and experts (forensic accountants, surveyors, valuers, and others). David brings that experience to his more conventional commercial litigation, with positive effect.

David wins plaudits for being a highly effective, no-fuss, easy to work with practitioner. He is recognised in Who’s Who Legal 2017 for his expertise in Sports’ Law and is rated as a Leader in his Fields in both The Legal 500 and Chambers Directories. The latter has described David as being “disarmingly talented” and has commented that “his advocacy contains razor-sharp insight camouflaged by gossamer-soft presentation”. In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500, he is described as “top rated”.