- Position: Partner
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01622 689735
Philip became a Partner in Gullands in 1990 and is Head of their established Civil Litigation Department. Most of Philip’s work is on behalf of private individuals or SME’s and is referred to him as a result of recommendation. In addition the firm is on the panel of a substantial legal expense Insurer from which instructions are regularly received.
Philip has a wide range of experience in dealing with claims and resolving disputes in the following areas:
- Property disputes
- Will, Intestacy and Contentious probate disputes
- Landlord & Tenant (both residential and business tenancies)
- Professional negligence
- Contract disputes and business disputes, including substantial claims arising out of Share Sale and Purchase Agreements.
- Residents of Almshouse Charities
- Accident claims
- Clinical negligence
Philip's key skill is to assimilate facts and identify critical issues in a dispute at an early stage. This enables focus to be placed on achieving the client's key objectives whether that be by settlement or pursuing the matter through court proceedings in as cost effective and efficient a manner as possible.
Current Professional Activities
- Member of the Law Society
- Kent Law Society
- Contributor to the Almshouse Association’s Standards of Almshouse Management.
- Ranked Litigation Practitioner in Chambers 2016
The following are examples of cases undertaken:
- A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a road traffic accident. Liability was initially disputed. The case was settled for substantial damages.
- A client underwent breast surgery which it was established with expert medical evidence was performed negligently leading to an entitlement to damages.
- The client company owned a substantial industrial estate. One of its tenants issued Court proceedings applying for a new business tenancy as was its entitlement. The application was heavily contested on various grounds as the client objected to granting a new tenancy to a tenant they regarded as unsatisfactory. The tenant's application for a new lease was successfully opposed on various grounds and vacant possession of the premises was recovered for the client to re-let to new tenants.
- A baby died unexpectedly during childbirth. Liability was denied but the claim was settled by the Healthcare Trust making a payment of damages.
- Other solicitors negligently settled a claim for damages for personal injuries for too low a sum. The client was unhappy with the settlement and advised to consult other solicitors. Philip secured an additional payment on the settlement and (by pursuing a claim for professional negligence) the balance of the proper damages to which the client was entitled from the former solicitors.
- An Almshouse Charity instructed Philip to set aside the appointment of an unsatisfactory resident. These cases always need to be handled firmly but sensitively. The resident defended the proceedings on numerous grounds including alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act. All aspects of the defence were rejected by the court and a possession order made.