Areas of Expertise

Clients rely on Philip’s expertise in estate, trusts and commercial disputes and his experience acting in both the Supreme and Federal Courts. His work also includes advising on equitable remedies and trust obligations.

Philip has specialist knowledge of estate litigation involving contested wills, family provision claims and mental capacity. He also has particular expertise in insolvency litigation and has advised insolvency practitioners to find the best possible outcome in each situation.

 

What Philip’s clients say

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I could say it many more times. This has certainly arrived on the appropriate day (Thanksgiving). We are thankful to you and your team for guiding us through this labyrinthine process with grace and skill (and answering a lot of dumb questions). I'm sure I'll have more of the latter. Well, maybe not dumb, but about taxes and procedures now. I'm finding it hard to believe that it's actually over." - A US-based client

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (UNSW)

  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney)

  • Member - Australian Reconstructing Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)

 

Career highlights

  • Successfully representing an underfunded defendant client in alleged misleading and deceptive proceedings in the Supreme Court. This included examining the plaintiff’s evidence in detail to establish that their allegedly contemporaneous notes were prepared after the proceedings had commenced. This destroyed the plaintiff’s credibility and resulted in the proceedings being dismissed.

  • Assisting a son of the deceased to establish in court that a Will that was not favourable to the widow of the deceased had been intentionally destroyed. This included preparing detailed evidence to prove the circumstances which led to the finding by the court that the destroyed Will was the last Will of the deceased. Probate was successfully granted on a photocopy of the Will.

  • Successfully having Probate granted after arguing in the Supreme Court that it should apply an obscure text book doctrine of dependant relative revocation. This came about after the deceased apparently destroyed his last properly executed Will.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Estate litigation