The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Stephenson Harwood

Living Wage
Work 020 7329 4422
Fax 020 7329 7100
Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus and 4 more

Paul Phillips

Work 020 7809 2302
Stephenson Harwood

Work Department

Commercial litigation.


Paul is a very experienced commercial litigation partner, who has represented clients across many sectors in most types of commercial and civil disputes over the last 25 plus years. Clients value his strategic and tactical advice in guiding them to a successful resolution of their disputes. He has particular expertise and experience in litigating and arbitrating disputes in the aviation, funds, and broader financial sectors. Paul heads up our international aviation litigation and regulation team and has been recognised for many years by the legal directories as one of the top specialist aviation litigators in the UK.

Paul has been involved in some of the highest profile reported court cases and investigations over the last 25 years, including the Lockerbie trial, the largest class action in the UK in the pharmaceutical sector, the Shard of Glass litigation, the Oil for Food Programme investigation, the BTA Bank v Ablyazov case, the split capital trust investment litigation, the worldwide deep vein thrombosis litigation, and some of the leading cases in the field of aviation law. He is a very experienced trial lawyer, and also has in-depth experience of international arbitration.

Paul has acted for foreign governments, sovereign wealth funds, financial regulators, hedge funds, the Jersey Financial Services Commission, local authorities, major corporates, banks, major airlines and high net worth individuals, and he has spent considerable time working for clients in Asia, the Middle East and Africa over the course of his career. Paul is a member of the firm’s Africa group and has particular experience of working in Libya, Nigeria and various other African countries.

Paul is also ranked as one of the leading specialist aviation litigators in the UK. He represents some of the world’s largest airlines, lessors and transportation banks. The Legal 500 commends him as having “tremendous litigation experience and wisdom, allied with a clear understanding of the industry”.

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Paul Phillips - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Aviation

The aviation practice at Stephenson Harwood is 'knowledgeable, practical and dynamic' ; it has 'exceptional knowledge and understanding of the aviation sector and this, combined with great strategic thinking, makes for a ruthlessly effective and efficient service'. The team regularly works in conjunction with other aviation practitioners from across the firm's network of offices to provide a comprehensive service. The specialist team is particularly adept at complex disputes in the sector, where it is regularly instructed by leading airlines. The firm also offers expertise across regulatory, competition, commercial, tax, planning, real estate, projects, corporate and pensions issues. Paul Phillips is an 'exceptional litigator'; he is 'razor-sharp, very hardworking and he has the ability to grasp the essence of case very quickly to develop a considered and appropriate strategy'. Phillips led advice for Ryanair in a €70m dispute brought against the car hire company, Hertz Europe, for breach of contract.  Senior associate Chloe Challinor has a 'profound understanding of the regulatory landscape and is an amazing problem solver'.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Stephenson Harwood

  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to