Phil is an expert in helping clients manage crises and resolve complex disputes. He has a particular focus on insurance issues; cyber incident management and disputes regarding data, privacy, technology and outsourcing.
Phil has over 20 years’ experience in advising international insurers, policyholders and intermediaries on complex insurance and reinsurance coverage matters. Phil also has extensive experience advising businesses from a variety of sectors and their insurers on the management of cyber incidents including issues such as cross-border regulatory notifications, responding to investigations, data subject claims and follow-on litigation with commercial counterparties.
He has also acted for a number of well-known technology and telecoms companies in relation to a variety of high value disputes, particularly matters arising from delayed and failed software implementation; IT infrastructure and outsourcing projects. He is a Solicitor Advocate and a member of the Society for Computers and Law. He is ranked in Legal 500 for Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes and Commercial Litigation.
Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world
My focus is on helping clients navigate business crises and complex disputes to arrive at the right solution, commercially as well as legally. Whilst I will fight their corner tenaciously, my approach is to help clients reduce quickly reduce complex problems down to what really matters, and get them to the right outcome as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“Professional, clear and decisive. Appointing [Phil] was one of best decisions we made when facing the challenge of a data breach.” Company CEO
“[Phil’s] well thought out strategy, advice and assistance on how to deal with the incident enabled us as a Board to carry on with our core business and maintain brand reputation.” Company GC
Zurich Plc and Scor SE
Acting in coverage proceedings relating to the insurability of fines and penalties, aggregation and the application of policy exclusions to claims arising from a large data breach and series of US class actions.
Consumer Finance Company
Advising in relation to large data breach, mass data subject notification and a large number of subsequent consumer data protection claims.
UK Software company
Representing software provider in relation to ICC arbitration arising from the termination of a contract to provide an enterprise ERP system to a major French publishing house.
Advising on a dispute regarding the implementation of an air traffic management system.
Data Centre Provider and Insurers
Advising on liability, quantum and insurance coverage issues arising from a significant outage occasioning loss of data, claims and litigation by customers.
US Hosting Company
Acting in relation to significant data breach and subsequent investigation resulting in the apprehension of a suspect in the UK and recovery of assets.
Life Sciences Company
Acting in relation to a significant data breach affecting patient data involving complex cross border regulatory issues.
Advising the rail manufacturer Bombardier (now Alstom) and their insurers in relation to liability issues arising from the Sandilands tram disaster, including representing Bombardier at the Coroner’s inquest in 2021.