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Matthew Phillips QC

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Outer Temple Chambers (Chambers of Michael Bowes QC, Christopher Gibson QC and Andrew S)


Nationwide practice in personal injury and clinical negligence. Personal Injury: predominantly claimant work in the fields of catastrophic injuries and industrial disease. Particular experience in the field of asbestos related claims arising out of occupational and environmental exposure. Instructed in claims against all the major industrial exposers, including Cape plc, Turner & Newall, Powergen/National Power (CEGB), British Steel and ICI. Lectured widely in relation to asbestos related litigation. Notable cases include: Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd – Junior Counsel for two of the three appellants in the House of Lords; ‘Afrika’ group action against Cape plc – claims on behalf of several thousand South African asbestos mine workers. He has recently been involved in a major multi-party action on behalf of over 2000 South African goldminers who have contracted severe lung disease as a result of exposure to silica dust. Catastrophic injury work covers severe spinal, head and fatal injuries arising out of workplace accidents and RTA’s, including high-value CICA applications. Clinical negligence: experience in a variety of fields with a particular emphasis on spinal surgery and birth injuries. Particular interest in sports law. Sits as a chair of the British Equestrian Federation’s anti-doping hearing body. Instructing solicitors include: Irwin Mitchell (Sheffield, Leeds & Birmingham); Stewarts (London); Field Fisher Waterhouse (London); Barratt Goff & Tomlinson (Nottingham); Lamport Bassitt (Southampton); Henmans Freeth LLP (Oxford); Slater & Gordon (Manchester, Liverpool, Halifax and Sheffield).


Called to the Bar 1993; Lincoln’s Inn.


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers APIL); Association for the Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA); Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Western Circuit.


Bolton School, Lancashire; Trinity College, Oxford (1991MA Hons Jurisprudence); St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge (1992 Diploma International Law).


Bolton Wanderers FC.

London Bar

Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – 2017 silks

Matthew Phillips QC - Outer Temple ChambersPractical and down to earth, really good with clients.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Industrial disease – 2017 silks

Matthew Phillips QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a forceful advocate and is able to get to grips with difficult issues quickly.

Within: Personal injury – 2017 silks

Matthew Phillips QC - Outer Temple ChambersHis advocacy is clear and persuasive, his advice is always pragmatic and he has sound judgement on liability and quantum.

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