Philippe is building a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ specialisms. He has a particular interest in commercial matters with an international dimension (including arbitration, civil fraud, construction, shareholder, jurisdiction and choice of law disputes) and cases at the intersection of private and public law (including Human Rights Act damages and equality rights claims). This builds on his international background, growing up in Switzerland and Sri Lanka, before reading law at the LSE and Oxford and qualifying as a barrister in England.
He joined Chambers after completing a third six pupillage in March 2020. Prior to that, he was a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (2018/19), assigned to Lord Briggs, Lord Sumption and Lord Sales, and completed his pupillage at 11KBW (2017/18). He maintains an interest in commercial and statutory employment law.
Current instructions as junior counsel include multiple Commercial Court enforcement and damages claims and work on the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Previous experience includes assisting in the Bank Mellat A1P1 ECHR damages litigation in the Commercial Court arising out of asset freezing orders against an Iranian bank (as a pupil) and Vedanta Resources PLC v Lungowe  UKSC 20 concerning jurisdiction issues in a mass tort claim brought by Zambian nationals (as a judicial assistant).
Philippe is currently instructed as junior counsel in an international commercial arbitration enforcement matter and a high-value civil fraud damages claim. He has also been appearing as sole counsel in commercial disputes in the County Court.
During his pupillage at Chambers, Philippe gained experience working on skeleton arguments, pleadings, research notes, witness statements, applications and pre-action correspondence under the supervision of Marion Smith QC and Samar Abbas. Notable matters include:
While at the Supreme Court, Philippe assisted on a number of significant commercial and commercial chancery appeals including:
While at 11KBW, Philippe also worked on a range of commercial employment (misuse of confidential information, bonus and commission), shareholder and LLP/partnership disputes under the supervision of Jane McCafferty QC.
Philippe also has an academic background in English commercial law and conflict of laws (private international law), having specialised in these areas at Master’s level while reading for the BCL at the University of Oxford. His recent article on negotiating damages in misuse of confidential information cases following One Step (Support) Ltd v Morris-Garner  UKSC 20 is to be published in the Edinburgh Law Review.
Current instructions include work as junior counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry in relation to financial assistance trusts and schemes for victims of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (led by Jenni Richards QC and Katie Scott). Philippe has also formally advised a local authority on Covid-19 related response measures (with Marion Smith QC and Ruth Keating).
Philippe has also contributed to a series of articles on procurement issues facing public authorities, in particular local authorities and NHS bodies, in light of Covid-19 (co-writing with Marion Smith QC, Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho and Rose Grogan).
As a pupil at Chambers, Philippe was supervised by Colin Thomann and Andrew Tabachnik QC in public law and regulatory matters in the asylum, immigration, EU sanctions and environmental regulation context. He gained experience preparing several written advices and research notes and drafting a jurisdiction challenge and statements in opposition on appeal, at all levels.
While at the Supreme Court, Philippe assisted on notable appeals including:
As a pupil at 11KBW, Philippe completed a wide range of written opinions, skeleton arguments, pleadings and research notes across the full spectrum of public law (under the supervision of Joanne Clement). Notable work included:
Philippe also has a sustained academic interest in public and human rights law. He specialised in public and commercial law at Master’s level while reading for the BCL at the University of Oxford. He has written a number of published articles in this field:
Philippe is a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).
Philippe regularly appears as sole counsel in personal injury and mixed civil Fast Track and Small Claims matters in the County Court. Hearings range from witness trials to interim applications, case management, quantum disposal and infant approval hearings. His main areas of practice are occupiers’ liability, Highways Act claims and road traffic accidents. He acts both for major insurers and injured claimants, including on a CFA basis.
He has a particular interest in conflict of laws (private international law) issues in the personal injury context, including direct claims brought against insurers in the English courts for injuries sustained in accidents abroad. He is gaining experience of advising on jurisdiction, choice of law and consumer contracts issues, including in relation to the Package Travel Regulations and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.
While at the Supreme Court, he assisted in the important appeal of Vedanta Resources PLC v Lungowe  UKSC 20 which resolved complex jurisdiction issues in a mass tort claim brought by Zambian nationals against the UK-domiciled parent company of a mining corporation.
As a pupil in Chambers, Philippe was supervised by Emily Formby and Judith Ayling. He gained experience in a range of written advices, pleadings and research notes in clinical negligence and personal injury matters with a focus on medical causation, expert evidence, duty of care issues and pre-trial settlement negotiations, acting for NHS Trusts, local authorities and insurers. He also regularly appeared as sole counsel in personal injury County Court matters.
Philippe is a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA).
As a pupil at 11KBW and judicial assistant at the Supreme Court, Philippe has broad experience of the full range of statutory and commercial employment matters.
While at the Supreme Court, Philippe assisted on significant appeals including:
As a pupil at 11KBW, Philippe was supervised by Jane McCafferty QC and Simon Forshaw in employment matters and assisted a wide range of members of chambers. He gained experience in the following main areas:
Notable cases as a pupil include International Petroleum Limited v Osipov  IRLR 52 (CA), which is now the leading case on individual whistleblowing liability under section 47B of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Philippe is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA).
Philippe has a growing interest in environmental and planning matters, in particular where they overlap with regulatory issues.
As a pupil in Chambers, relevant work included assisting Andrew Tabachnik QC in advising on the contaminated land regime under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Philippe also assisted on a number of planning, environmental and land use appeals while a judicial assistant at the Supreme Court, including: