As a leading solicitor / partner in two international law firms, turned barrister, Jeremy Phillips QC now represents companies, government departments, councils, police forces and residents’ groups across a unique range of associated legal disciplines.

  • Public inquiries – supporting the Weymouth Relief Road and South Devon Link Road, objection to the £4.1bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project, rail crossing extinguishment orders (Network Rail) and representation (pro bono) of the Ramblers’ Association in relation to the Bus Rapid Transit Scheme.
  • Regulatory prosecutions – for the Environment Agency, Marine Management Organisation and local authorities concerning a range of waste, food and breach of licensing offences, as well as representing individual companies in relation to due diligence and confiscation issues.
  • Licensing applications – from local authority to Court of Appeal, determining novel issues arising in the alcohol, entertainment and gambling legislation.
  • Complex mediations – including the multi-party multi-issue mediation arising from the Business & Enterprise Select Committee (BESC): Relationship Between Pub Companies And Lessees – Seventh Report of Session 2008-09; and
  • Advisory – contributions to the work of the Law Commission, Department of Culture Media and Sport, Cabinet Office and former Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, as well as the Bar Council (elected member) and the Licensed Trade Charity (trustee).

Jeremy Phillips is also a member of the Review Panel for LawWorks, a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid, and for whom he reviews applications for assistance and in a limited number of approved cases, conducts mediations.

Jeremy is also a trained volunteer for the work of IPSEA, a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. In appropriate cases he will represent parents and their children before the SENDIST (Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal).

He is now a trustee of the Licensed Trade Charity, which has supported licensees since 1756.

Jeremy Phillips has a broad range of experience in the specialist field of planning work, ranging from major infrastructure inquiries (for an interested party at the hearing stage in the £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project to assisting in the promotion of the Weymouth and Newton Abbot bypass schemes), advising on draft Core Strategy, High Court challenges on technical issues (Beazer Homes re monies held under a s.106 and Metro Construction re designation of conservation areas) to smaller inquiries on enforcement issues and housing and retail development schemes. Jeremy recently represented the Bristol Ramblers Group, at an Inquiry concerning Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

Jeremy has also gained unique experience at the Infrastructure Planning Commission, working in-house on the development of the new regime.

Notable Cases

Jeremy Phillips’ experience in the regulatory field over a period of 30 years ranges from defending leading supermarket retailers in smaller scale prosecutions for breach of trading standards and food safety legislation, to involvement in major environmental and health and safety criminal cases, both as prosecution and defence counsel.

He is also co-author of the new leading work: The Law of Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions – A Practical Guide, which examines the potential impact of the Regulatory Enforcement & Sanctions Act 2008.

Notable Cases

As a solicitor Jeremy Phillips was recognised for many years as one of the leading practitioners in England and Wales, conceiving and launching the successful High Court decision which enabled pubs and bars throughout the country to open all day for the 2002 World Cup. He has been involved since in many of the leading decisions in this field, before licensing committees, magistrates and in the High Court, enjoying representing operators, residents, police and licensing authorities (e.g. Gurgur v London Borough of Enfield [2013] EWHC 3483 (Admin); R (Lalli) v Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Newham Borough Council [2015] EWHC 14 (Admin), R (Thompson and Spearmint Rhino Ventures (UK) Limited) v Oxford City Council [2014] EWCA Civ 94 and Chohan v Gambling Commission [2012] UKFTT (Gen).

Jeremy is Editor in Chief of Paterson’s Licensing Acts, the only work of reference in this field. He is frequently called upon to speak in public on licensing issue; recent appearances include a House of Commons committee and ‘You & Yours’ with Peter White MBE on BBC Radio 4.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • Commercial contracts

    Advisory work on issues of overage, conditional contracts, auction particulars etc.

  • Insurers (City of London)

    Ccomprehensive revision of specialist ‘loss of licence’ policy.

  • SIA

    Advising international exhibition venue on various technical issues arising under Private Security Industry Act 2001.

  • Gambling Commission

    Advisory work on various elements of published policy.

  • Mediation

    Various, including multi-party multi-issue mediation arising from the Business & Enterprise Select Committee (BESC): Relationship Between Pub Companies And Lessees – Seventh Report of Session 2008-09.

  • SENDIST

    Supporting parents through IPSEA – appeals under the Education Act 1996.

  • CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) – Accredited Mediator (October 2007)
  • SCMA (Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates) – Member
  • Co-Mediator with Michel Kallipetis QC in unprecedented mediation concerning contractual, commercial and property issues affecting the licensed trade (see Seventh Report (2009) Business & Enterprise Select Committee)
  • Resolution of licensing and environmental disputes concerning a major national sporting event by informal mediation (advocate)
  • Successful mediation of long standing major environmental (involving national regulator) and separate local land ownership and boundary disputes
  • “Finding Common Ground” (‘Planning’ magazine March 2008 – with John Parmiter)

"A very good advocate whose courteous and knowledgeable manner instils confidence in clients. He has gravitas before tribunals."
Chambers & Partners (2015)

"He's noted for his straightforward and extremely persuasive representation of both commercial and public body clients before all types of tribunal.  "A calm, organised and measured advocate who has the benefit of many years' practical experience." "He's a polished and very persuasive opponent."
Chambers & Partners (2014)

"The 'vastly experienced' Jeremy Phillips, who is 'utterly reliable, and very good value for money'."
Legal 500 (2013)

Appointments & Memberships

  • Bar Council Ethics Committee (2015-date)
  • Bar Council (2014-date)
  • Accredited Mediator (CEDR) (2008-date)
  • Attorney-General's Panel (2006-2012)
  • Solicitor to the Supreme Court (1980-2004)
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)
  • Planning & Environment Bar Association (PEBA)
  • UK Environmental Lawyers Association (UKELA)
  • Western Circuit

Publications & Speaking

  • Editor in Chief of ‘Paterson’s Licensing Acts’ since 1997 and advises the Department of Culture Media and Sport in that capacity
  • Consulting Editor to ‘Licensing Review’
  • ‘Halsbury’s Laws of England and Wales'(contributor to 4th and 5th Editions)
  • ‘Phillips’ Licensing Guide’ (1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions)
  • ‘New Law Guide’, ‘The Lawyer’s Remembrancer’
  • Gambling for Local Authorities
  • The Law of Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions – A Practical Guide (Co-author) was published by the Oxford University Press in 2011

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