Jeremy Philips QC

Year of Call: 2004

Year of Silk: 2018

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His intimate knowledge of the minutiae of licensing law is remarkable.’ ‘His courteous but knowledgeable manner instils confidence in clients, and he exudes gravitas before tribunals.’ ‘He’s a great man to have on your side when the questions are awkward.’ “

Chambers UK,  2018

Jeremy Phillips QC offers the highest levels of expertise and advocacy as a barrister following, uniquely an equally successful career as a solicitor both in his own practice and subsequently heading teams in leading international law firms.

Jeremy’s wide-ranging practice includes:

  • Licensing – from local authority to Court of Appeal, advising upon and determining novel issues arising in numerous important licensing applications relating to taxi, gambling, alcohol and entertainment legislation in the UK & overseas. As Editor in Chief of Paterson’s Licensing Acts and a General Editor of Smith & Monkcom – The Law of Gambling he has been recognised for the past three decades as a leader in this field.
  • Regulatory & Environmental – representing the Environment Agency, HSE, Marine Management Organisation and local authorities in inquests and prosecutions concerning a range of waste, food, health & safety and breach of licensing offences, as well as companies in relation to due diligence and criminal confiscation issues. Also statutory nuisance abatement appeals and prosecutions.
  • Advisory and judicial review – numerous High Court challenges on a wide range of public law issues ranging from: Standards of Conduct to Assets of Community Value; from the repayment of s.106 monies, to the sufficiency of Reasons. Contributions also 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, its Ethics Committee and the Licensed Trade Charity (trustee).
  • Planning & public inquiries – supporting the successful Weymouth Relief Road and South Devon Link Road, objection to the £4.1bn Thames Tideway Tunnel infrastructure project, promoting rail crossing extinguishment orders (Network Rail) and representation of the Ramblers’ Association in relation to the Bristol Bus Rapid Transit Scheme. Various footpath, TVG and planning Inquiries.
  • Complex mediations – including the multi-party multi-issue mediation which he devised arising from the Business & Enterprise Select Committee (BESC): Relationship Between Pub Companies and Lessees – Seventh Report of Session 2008-09. Resolution (as mediator and mediation advocate) of major environmental litigation, as well as smaller property disputes.




  • Accredited mediator – CEDR (2008)

Qualifications & awards:

  • Solicitor (1980)
  • Partner, Cartwrights (1982)
  • Co-founder, Holt Phillips (1984)
  • Equity partner Eversheds (1994)
  • Equity Partner Osborne Clarke (2001)
  • Called to the Bar /Inner Temple (2004)
  • Accredited mediator – CEDR (2008)
  • Elected Bar Council (2015) and Ethics Committee (2016 to date)
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (2018)

Additional information:

Qualified as solicitor in London in 1980. Partner Cartwrights (1982). Co-founder Holt Phillips(1984). Equity partner Eversheds (following merger with Holt Phillips) (1994). Partner Osborne Clarke (2001) upon consolidation of Eversheds’ South West practices in Cardiff. Leader of national teams in both firms. Called to the Bar in 2004. Member 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square (2004). Accredited mediator – CEDR (2008). Chambers of Andrew Tait QC, Francis Taylor Building (‘FTB’), Inner Temple (2006 – date).