Philip was called to the New South Wales bar in 1997, having already practiced as a solicitor. His practice focuses on all aspects of, and relating to, building, engineering, and construction law. He also practices in all aspects of commercial law and insurance as well as areas related to these.
At the NSW Bar Philip is regarded as one of the foremost practitioners in the specialist area of Building & Construction Law. Apart from his extensive experience in acting for different interests in construction disputes, he authored the leading text on residential building dispute in New South Wales, Building Disputes and the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW), of which a 2nd Edition is underway.
He appears as a barrister in courts and tribunals, as well as in arbitrations, mediations, security of payments adjudications and other alternative dispute resolution procedures in Australia, as well as in arbitrations internationally.
Philip is an active member of the legal community both in Australia and abroad, frequently speaking on Building, Engineering, & Construction Issues (including contract drafting, dispute management, professional liability, The Home Building Act 1989, Security of Payments and Strata disputes), Commercial Law issues, as well as on the Convention for the International Sale of Goods.
In 2015 and 2016 has delivered papers in Hong Kong on the NEC3 Contract and its use in Hong Kong, Adjudication under the proposed Hong Kong Security of Payments regime and also the use and presentation of evidence in commercial disputes including BIM.
Some of his solicitors have said:
‘Philip possesses an incredible knowledge of the law, current to the very day you are speaking with him. He is across local and external jurisdictions, a reflection of his sincere passion for jurisprudence.’… ‘He understands how people think and in doing so, is masterful in cross-examination.’ - Luke Geary – principal, Salvos Legal.
‘Philip is one of the best barristers I have dealt with, experienced in commercial litigation and advice, particularly construction and insurance matters. Knowledgeable and well researched in all areas he operates in, he also has a practical and commercial sense clients appreciate.’ - Paul Jurdeczka - partner at Mills Oakley Lawyers.
‘Time and time again Philip demonstrates his prowess in dealing with complicated commercial and construction claims. His attention to detail is second-to-none, and his ability to get to the real issues in dispute is greatly appreciated by clients and the judiciary alike.’ … ‘His talent as an advocate is a real reflection on his vast and extensive knowledge of the law, procedure and practice.’ – David Andrews – partner at Makinson d’Apice Lawyers