Paul Phillips

Year of Call: 1991
Inn of Court: Gray’s Inn

Paul Phillips


Paul is not currently practising as a Barrister due to his commitments to businesses outside of the legal sector. 

Continues to develop an impressive business crime practise representing high net worth individuals from the legal and accounting industries’; ‘He is amazingly hard-working and will get quickly to the nub of the issue’  – Chambers Directory 2016

He has over the last several years consistently been regarded by independent publications as a leader in his field. He is a specialist defence advocate instructed in many high profile criminal and regulatory cases. He has considerable experience as leading and junior counsel in all areas of serious crime.

His main areas of practice are in serious and organised crime and fraud. In serious and organised crime he has a particular expertise in murder, large scale drug importations, money laundering and people smuggling. In fraud he often represents professional people being investigated or accused of crime, and has represented accountants, solicitors, barristers, company executives and other professionals charged with fraud.

Significant Cases

  • R v. Horsfall [2012] – Advanced fee fraud brought by the SFO. Represented a solicitor, who along with others was charged with fraud arising out of a shell company offering multi-million pound loans to UK and international organizations and charging bogus due diligence fees.
  • R v. Shah [2012] – Sophisticated international conspiracy to import huge quantities of class A drugs. Represented the director of a haulage company allegedly involved.
  • R v. Grewal [2012] – Defending an accountant for alleged involvement in MTIC fraud. Over 150,000 pages of used evidence.
  • R v. Mahmud [2011] – A major international people smuggling conspiracy. Instructed to represent the director of an internationally recognized college, a barrister, who was accused of creating false educational documentation to facilitate the unlawful entry of non-EEC citizens in to the UK.
  • LL.B, Cardiff
  • Criminal Bar Association

Areas of Specialism


Crime

He specialises in serious and organised crime and he has a particular expertise in murder, large scale drug importations, money laundering and people smuggling.

He has recently defended in R v. A an eight month double murder case, arising out of gang violence; R v AD, an allegation of attempted murder and a case involving the use of sulphuric acid in an attempt to commit an “honour killing”.

He is currently instructed for the defence in two high profile murder cases.

Fraud

In fraud he often represents professional people being investigated or accused of crime, and has represented accountants, solicitors, barristers, company executives and other professionals charged with fraud.

He has recently defended in R v Y a multi million pound “boiler room fraud” and R v SA a private prosecution brought by Virgin Media Limited against several company directors.

He is currently instructed for the defence in two high profile murder cases and in several prosecutions brought by the SFO and Fraud Prosecution Service.

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