Phil is a Senior Lawyer with 20 years’ experience in Commercial Litigation and Advocacy. He has successfully appeared without Counsel in relation to appeals in the District and Local Courts and has a strong understanding of the rules of evidence.
The key to Phil’s success as an advocate, and ability to negotiate favourable outcomes for his clients, is his ability to ask the questions that enable him to fully understand the relevant legal issues and identify the evidence (or lack of it) required to win should the matter proceed to a final hearing.
Phil began his career in law working with the Australian Government Solicitor where he appeared regularly in the Local Court, Supreme Court and Federal Court and developed a passion for advocacy.
Before joining Roberts Legal in 2022, Phil managed a legal practice in the Blue Mountains region for 12 years where his practice areas included Commercial Litigation, Business & Company Law, Building & Construction Law, Work Health & Safety Law, Family Law, Criminal Law and Defamation.
Whilst operating from the Blue Mountains Phil developed a strong reputation and clientele, not only for his advocacy, but as a trusted advisor to SMEs in relation to a range of corporate and commercial legal matters, including contracts reviews, contract disputes, partnership disputes and general business litigation.
Phil’s broad range of experience in relation to advocacy and appellate work includes representing clients in relation to criminal appeals, WorkCover prosecutions, business prosecutions for regulatory offences, ICAC investigations, administrative appeals and appeals in relation to Judgments in the Defamation List of the District Court.
Before he was admitted as a legal practitioner Phil, worked for over 20 years with the Australian Customs Service. In 1997 he joined the Investigations Unit of Customs, investigating commercial fraud and criminal offences under the Customs Act and Commonwealth Crimes Act. In 2000 he was promoted to Chief Inspector Level of the Investigations Unit.