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Practice Summary

Phil’s practice encompasses all aspects of the law of intellectual property and information technology, with a particular specialism and expertise in the areas of e-commerce, internet domain names and the commercial exploitation of computer software. He regularly acts and advises on the intellectual property aspects and commercial aspects of IT disputes.    He was appointed as an Independent Expert for Nominet UK's domain name Dispute Resolution Service between 2001 and 2008. In 2008 he joined the Experts Review Group, a panel of senior domain name Experts reviewing DRS Decisions and sitting on appeals.

Comments in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500:

'has a particular focus on rights infringement on the internet and in digital media. He has appeared in many of the most prominent of these copyright and trade mark cases in recent years. "Excellent junior with invaluable experience and knowledge gained from representing leading internet-based companies." "Has a very fast mind and is very good on his feet." (Chambers & Partners 2016, Intellectual Property)

‘An accomplished courtroom advocate with sound strategic judgement.’ (Legal 500 2015, Intellectual Property)

‘An accomplished courtroom advocate.’ (Legal 500 2015, IT and Telecoms)

Noted for knowing trade mark law ”inside out,” he is also well regarded for his work on copyright matters, and for handling cases with a software or internet element. Sources appreciate his ability to relate highly technical issues lucidly. “Very user-friendly, hard-working and someone with good instincts.” (Chambers & Partners 2015, Intellectual Property)

‘A top choice for digital issues, with a commercial viewpoint and effective style of advocacy.’ (Legal 500 2014, Intellectual Property)

‘Recommended for both IT litigation and arbitration.’ (Legal 500 2014, IT and Telecoms)

“He’s incredibly broad-thinking – he’s not just someone who thumps his fist but instead is very analytical.” (Chambers & Partners 2014, Intellectual Property)

‘good strategist’ (Legal 500 2013, Intellectual Property)

He is “a fantastic, hard-working junior” and a “punchy” courtroom advocate. (Chambers & Partners 2013, Intellectual Property)

‘an expert in online media and technology-related cases’ (Legal 500 2012, Intellectual Property)

‘very strong on his feet’ (Legal 500 2012, Information Technology)

He is always good for “immediate, off –the-cuff, incisive advice” and is described as “a gentleman who is quite softly spoken, very calm and collected and extremely intelligent.” (Chambers & Partners 2012, Intellectual Property)