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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. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Experts Review Group of Nominet UK, a panel of senior independent domain name Experts reviewing DRS Decisions and sitting on appeals.

Comments in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500:

Known for his technical background and his skill representing clients in contentious trade mark proceedings involving media clients and retailers. He is also experienced at advising on design rights infringement claims and disputes concerning deprivation of IP. He is well regarded for his strong knowledge of IT-related issues.  "He is always brilliant and sees matters with broader commercial perspective." "A really impressive tactician." "An excellent barrister who understands clients and their needs."  (Chambers and Partners 2020, Intellectual Property)     ‘ He is very unflappable, deeply knowledgable of the law and very composed in court. ’ (Legal 500, 2020 Intellectual Property)

"He is very good at highly technical work." "Highly recommended in IT and IP-related matters."   (Chambers and Partners 2019, Intellectual Property)

‘An excellent advocate and one of the top trade mark silks, with experience in advising on online infringement issues.’ (Legal 500, 2018 Intellectual Property)

‘He has a fantastic understanding of the digital world, is extremely bright, and comes up with good strategic and commercial advice.’ (IT and Telecoms, Legal 500 2017)

"He is calm and unflappable under pressure. He has got a phenomenal knowledge of trade mark law and is absolutely fantastic at distilling complicated issues into clear and commercially focused advice." (Chambers and Partners 2018, New IP Silks)

"He is technically fantastic and gives spot-on advice." "He is very bright, good on his feet and easy to work with. Clients like his knowledge of IP law and technology." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

‘He is an excellent and very responsive advocate.’ (IT and Telecoms, Legal 500 2017)

‘An excellent advocate, who is great to work with.’ (Intellectual Property, Legal 500 2017)

'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)