Philip is recommended as a leading junior in international arbitration (Chambers & Partners 2016, Chambers & Partners Global 2017, and Legal 500 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016) and is described as “very hard-working; he rolls up his sleeves, gets on with things and does a very good job” (Chambers & Partners 2016), “Extremely user-friendly… and knows arbitration inside out” (Chambers & Partners Global 2017) and “Intellectually great and commercially sound” (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016).
Philip's arbitration work includes both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including LCIA, ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC and LMAA.
His arbitration work has been particularly focused on high value emerging markets disputes. He has developed a particular expertise in applications in support of arbitration, in support of the commercial needs of the client, seeking to attain commercial objectives faster and more cost-effectively than simply progressing to a full trial. Applications in support of arbitration include those for urgent freezing injunctions and disclosure orders, both ex parte and on notice, anti-suit injunctions, passport delivery-up orders, jurisdiction challenges and summary judgment applications.
Philip has considerable expertise in arbitration hearings, covering both applications and final hearings. In addition, Philip has expertise in the enforcement of arbitral awards, including against sovereign states. This includes applying for post-award freezing injunctions and for the appointment of receivers by way of equitable execution.
Philip also accepts appointments as and has experience as an arbitrator, including as an ICC arbitrator.
LCIA Arbitration (2016) – claim by Russian shareholder in Moscow property joint venture with state-owned bank. Issues concerning improper related party transactions, diversion of bank investment funds, corruption and the jurisdiction of tribunal to consider certain fraud allegations.
LCIA Arbitrations (2015-2016) – Related LCIA claims against a Russian mining company and, under a guarantee, against its parent, concerning the supply of coal from Siberia and the threatened insolvency of a related entity.
LCIA Arbitration (2014-15) – US$80 million claims by offshore entity in two arbitrations against Russian state-owned energy company and its subsidiary, arising out of sale and purchase of Russian oil exploration company. Issues of fraud, the impact of the EU and US sanctions regime on Russian entities (including as to how they should be given security for costs) and joinder and consolidation under the LCIA Rules 1998 and 2014.
ICC Arbitration (2014) – Dispute involving South-American state-owned entity’s US$1 billion claim against contractors. Principal issues included: the rights of a party to damages under a contract or at common law depending upon manner of termination; and ability to join a guarantor to arbitral proceedings.
Diag Human SE v Czech Republic  EWHC 1639 (Comm) – Arbitration award enforcement action in English Commercial Court against sovereign state. Principal dispute concerned the reliance on issue estoppel as a means of preventing enforcement under the New York Convention.
UNCITRAL Rules Arbitration (2014) – Acting for Belgian trading company in dispute with Colombian coking coal distributor over force majeure allegations arising out of La Niña disruption to Colombian distribution in 2011.
Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd v European Container KS  EWHC 3581 (Comm) – Clarification of the court's jurisdiction under section 44(3) Arbitration Act 1996 to grant interim injunctive relief in support of arbitration and of the extent to which contractual rights come within meaning of "assets" under section 44(3) following Cetelem v Roust.
Diag Human SE v Czech Republic  EWHC 3190 (Comm) – Dispute over entitlement of award debtor to obtain order for security for costs against award creditor in arbitration award enforcement proceedings, whether permitted under New York Convention and who is the "claimant" for the purposes of the CPR security for costs regime.
Ad hoc London Arbitration (2014) – High net worth family dispute between New York-based family members concerning high value, well-known works of art (in particular by Monet).
LCIA Arbitration (2013) – US$2 billion LCIA dispute concerning the Russian and Ukrainian mining and metals industry involving questions of fraud, reflective loss and entitlement to injunctive relief (led by Joe Smouha QC).
SCC Arbitration (2010-2014) – US$450m joint venture dispute between US and Ukrainian partners arising out of the development of Ukrainian gas fields, with the principal issue being as to the valuation of the fields in circumstances where the Ukrainian government had imposed a cap on the sale price for gas (led by Clive Freedman QC).
ICC Arbitration (2013) – Dispute arising out of fraudulent management of Caribbean investment trust (Bahamian law) in Italy and Switzerland.
LCIA Arbitration (2013) – Dispute concerning construction of licence agreement and cutting-edge research agreement between bio-tech research company and global pharmaceutical company, in particular as to the restrictions placed on the former in relation to its genetic engineering of applications (led by Steven Gee QC).
Latvian Shipping Co v Russian People's Insurance Co OJSC ("The Ojars Vacietis")  EWHC 1412 (Comm) (Field J) – Section 68 and section 69 appeals arising out of LMAA award, raising issues as to the court's approach to section 68 challenges and as to the jurisdiction of the court to address challenges to its own decision granting permission to appeal on a point of law.
LMAA arbitration (2011) – Insurance claim in respect of grounding of bulk carrier off Eastern USA raising issues as to scope of marine insurance policies and expert evidence as to damage caused by grounding.
LMAA arbitration (2011) – Acting for a state-owned Chinese chemical company in a LMAA dispute with an Indian commodities supplier.
LCIA Arbitration (2010) – LCIA dispute arising out of non-performance of an underlying loan contract for a Russian textile company based in Hong Kong and of the loan guarantee. Issues included the validity of a guarantee when the underlying contract has been amended and the power of an arbitrator to order a party to put up security for the claim in LCIA arbitration.
LMAA arbitrations (2008-2011) – Acting for Chinese shipyard in 4 major LMAA arbitration disputes with German buyers of vessels regarding delayed delivery following Typhoon Morakot in 2009.
Alphapoint v Rotem Amfert Negev Ltd ("Agios Dimitrios")  1 Lloyd's Rep 23 – Commercial Court application under ss.68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act.