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About Philip

Philip is a Partner in the Charities team and specialises in advising charities and private individuals on a wide range of contentious matters.

Philip is an expert in handling a range of disputes for charities and private individuals involving the administration of an estate or trusts (often involving instances of fraud), challenges to wills on grounds of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, improper execution and undue influence. In addition to this Philip regularly defends claims against estates brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and defends claims for proprietary estoppel. He also handles disputes involving lifetime gifts.

Philip has advised a number of charities in relation to Charity Commission investigations, regulatory compliance cases and formal statutory inquiries. Philip regularly works with PR agencies and in-house media teams to assist charities to manage their reputation.

Philip understands the concerns of charities when they are faced with any form of litigation. He is well-known for being able to strike the right balance between avoiding court proceedings wherever possible and being a successful and robust litigator when necessary. Philip is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution and regularly represents individuals and charities at settlement meetings and mediations.

Recent Experience

  • Advising numerous charities and private clients on contested estates where their financial entitlement may be at risk.
  • Advising in relation to a high profile Charity Commission Statutory Inquiry
  • Advising a charity on the recovery of several million pounds which had been fraudulently removed from an estate.

Professional Memberships

Member of Charity Law Association

Career Experience

2019 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood LLP

2016 to 2018: Senior Associate, Penningtons Manches LLP

2007 to 2016: Senior Associate, Blake Morgan LLP

2004 to 2007: Solicitor, Lemon & Co (now Royds Withy King)

2001 to 2004: Trainee Solicitor, then Solicitor, Linklaters LLP