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Minton Morrill

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Leeds LS1, Leeds LS1

Philip Goldberg

Work 0113 245 8549
Minton Morrill

Work Department

Specialist advice in Crime, Court of Protection and Sports Law


Managing Director at Minton Morrill with a wealth of skill and technical knowledge, having previously headed the criminal department at Lester Morrill for 10 years.

Philip remains an integral part of the criminal law team, having vast experience of heavyweight cases, including utilising his higher rights of audience in the Crown Court and at the same time expanding his expertise in road traffic offences.  He is described in Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession as “astonishingly bright” and has contributed significantly to the departments’ inclusion in the ‘Legal 500’.

Philip is often approached to represent other lawyers when they face investigation or criminal prosecution as well as other individuals who work within the criminal justice system. He is able to put clients at their ease, explain complicated issues in simple ways and is at home in police station, Magistrates’ or Crown Courts advancing the best interests of those he represents. He brings to every case, no matter what the allegation, formidable  experience and tactical understanding, which reputation draws clients to him from all over the country.

As one of the leading criminal practitioners in the region, he has been appointed by the Legal Aid Agency as an Independent Funding and Cost Assessor as well as being asked to represent Criminal Defence Solicitors on the implementation team for the introduction of digitisation of the Crown Court. This has been one of the most important projects in the Criminal Justice System of the last 150 years, whereby all evidence is now served upon us electronically, bringing the Crown Court into the digital age and streamlining the court process.

Philip is also experienced in representing sports professionals who face disciplinary hearings, seeking to secure the most appropriate sanctions on their behalf.

In addition, Philip is a director of Leeds Law Society and represents both his professional colleagues and clients, responding to consultations at a local level as well as nationally. This representation has seen him sit opposite the Lord Chancellor on a number of occasions, presenting the profession’s views on the development of policy.

Philip can also be seen from time to time on TV and radio providing his expert opinion on topical news stories.

Notable Cases

DPP v Lilly (2002) 2 All ER 985, represented an Appellant against the imposition of a football banning order in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Challenging the validity of the primary legislation due to conflicts with European law.

R v Rivett (2004), successfully defended a case involving the importation of cannabis from the continent.


Qualified as a solicitor in 1988 having trained at Lester Morrill.  Formerly head of the criminal department and Partner at Lester Morrill, now Managing Director at Minto
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LAA Duty Solicitor
CLAS Member
Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Proceedings)
Director of Leeds Law Society
LAA Independent Funding and Cost Assessor

Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

With a 'reputation for being reliable and capable', the criminal department at Minton Morrill 'puts its client first, is extremely professional and prepared to go that extra mile'. Associate Lindsey Lobley heads the practice, which successfully represented a care worker charged with wilful neglect of a patient in a hospital, achieving a not guilty verdict. Philip Goldberg (who is singled out for his 'experience and expertise') acted for two brothers involved in a multimillion-pound drugs conspiracy. The department also includes 'standout lawyer' Michelle Flaga who has been described as being 'a truly formidable opponent', attracting praise for her 'tenacious attitude'.

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