Sir Philip Otton retired as a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2001. He was appointed a High Court Judge (Queen's Bench Division) in 1983, to the Court of Appeal in 1995 and to the Court of Appeal in Gibraltar in 2004. He was President of the Society of Construction Law, President of the Personal Injury Bar Association and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Judicial Administration Birmingham University.
At the Bar he was Junior Counsel to the Treasury (Personal Injuries) 1970-75 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1975. He appeared as Counsel and acted as Arbitrator in commercial and construction disputes.
He is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Accredited Mediator by the Institute. He is an Appointed Arbitrator to the NASD, a Member of the American Law Institute, of the American Bar Association and has served on the Faculty of NITA. He is appointed to the Sports Resolution panel of Arbitrators - Commercial List.
His experience covers a wide range of cases, principally in the general commercial, insurance, oil and gas and energy fields as Arbitrator and Mediator.
In the field of sports law, he is a Judge of the International Court of Appeal for cases relating to Formula 1 and he has served as an arbitrator in disputes involving English Football Premier League players and clubs, chaired Football Association disciplinary proceedings, and has served as sole Mediator in disputes relating to Formula 1 Racing companies and the 2007 America's cup.