Philip is an experienced Criminal Barrister with extensive involvement across a wide range of criminal trials, appeals and related civil hearings. He is a former Crown Prosecutor with over 35 years' of experience.
Phil is recognised for his expertise in a number of important areas including sex crimes, child abuse and homicides, expert evidence cases, appeals, pornography and computer-internet crime. He has appeared in a number of significant trials including murder, attempted murder, serious assaults, drugs, fraud and sex crimes.
Phil is an expert in defending his clients at trial, advising them on practical options in relation to each step in the process, engaging a range of experts to assist in their defence, and dealing with the many issues that arise when appearing in Court as a defendant.
Phil is able to take instructions privately and is an approved criminal legal aid provider.
BA (majoring in Psychology) – University of Auckland
LLB (Hons) – University of Auckland
MJur (Distinction) – University of Auckland
Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand (1982)
Admitted as a solicitor in Queensland and Victoria (Australia) (1984)
Areas of Practice
Sexual violation by rape
Unlawful sexual connection
Possession/distribution/making of objectionable material
Historic sexual offences
Threaten to kill or cause GBH
Male Assault Female
Breach of Protection Order
Manufacturing, possession, and supply (class A, B and C)
Importation (class A, B and C)
Careless driving causing injury/death
Drinking and driving
Driving under the influence
Careless or reckless driving
Failing to stop
Driving without a licence
Driving while disqualified
Appeal against conviction
Appeal against Sentence
Fresh Evidence appeal
Royal Prerogative of Mercy Application
Application for parole (first or subsequent)
Section 26 application for parole
Application to vary ESO conditions
Appeals against ESO
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