Philip Marshall KC > Serle Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Serle Court


Barrister specialising in: commercial fraud (Emmerson v Renova; Orb v Ruhan; Constantin Medien v Ecclestone; BTA v Ablyazov; Aeroflot v Berezovsky; Lexi v Luqman; Rabobank v NatWest; AWG v Morrison; Cala Cristal v Al-Borno; Canada Trust v Stolzenberg; Zakharov v White; Berry Trade v Moussavi); company/insolvency (Vijya Mallya and Shlosberg v Avonwick; Re Lehman Brothers, Tesco profit misstatement claims; Re Spartan Capital Ltd; Re Coroin Ltd; Broughton v Hicks (Re Liverpool FC); Re Lexi Holdings; AWG v Morrison; Fraser v Oystertec Plc; Re Murjani, BIM v Maxwell; Re Hare Wines; Re Northwest Holdings; Haig v Aitken; Rooney v Cardona; MT Realisations v Digital Equipment and Re MCI-Worldwide); professional negligence (Lexi v Pannone; Brown v GRE; Peach Publishing v Slater; Goose v Wilson Sandford); banking (RBS Rights Issue litigation (Greenwood v Goodwin); Sirius v FAI; Wahda Bank v Arab Bank); general commercial litigation (Shanshal v Al-Kishtaini (sanctions legislation illegality) and De Beer v Kannar (Brussels Convention/ security for costs)).


Qualified 1987; Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2003; Recorder 2008; Deputy High Court Judge 2009; former Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge; publications: joint editor and contributor ‘The Practice & Procedure of the Companies Court’ 1997 LLP; contributor on insolvency and company procedure in ‘Civil Appeals’ (ed. Sir Michael Burton); Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.

Philip has also been shortlisted for Chancery Silk of the Year at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards.




Chancery Bar Association; Insolvency Lawyers Association.


Merchiston Castle School; Queens’ College, Cambridge (MA); Harvard Law School (LLM).


Football; horse racing, cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Marshall KCSerle Court ‘Philip is at the very top of the commercial and chancery Bar.’

With ‘real strength in insolvency, company and partnership workSerle Court barristers are a frequent presence in some of the market’s key cases. In State Bank of India v Mallya, the UK’s largest individual insolvency proceedings, Philip Marshall KC has led James Mather representing Vijay Mallya, the chairman of United Breweries Group whose extradition for alleged financial crimes is requested by the Indian government, in defending bankruptcy proceedings. Among the cases arising from energy company insolvencies in 2021, Lance Ashworth KC acted for the liquidators of Economy Energy Ltd in disputes arising from the appointment by Ofgem of a Supplier of Last Resort to take over the supply of electricity and gas to customers of the supplier.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Marshall KCSerle Court ‘Philip is very bright and a fearsome advocate. ’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Marshall KCSerle CourtPhilip is one of the most able advocates at the Bar. He is simply superb in court, very knowledgeable and persuasive.’

Serle Court stands out for offshore banking and finance, and is making a strong name for Middle Eastern matters, with ‘considerable depth in quality and one of the few offering genuine specialism in DIFC Court work‘. Rupert Reed KC  is particularly active on this front and represented First Abu Dhabi Bank in First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC and FAB Securities LLC v Larmag Holdings, which involved resisting a freezing injunction with major jurisdictional implications for the DIFC. Philip Marshall KC has also been leading Simon Hattan  for one of the defendants in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, involving allegations of bribery and fraud in respect of banking and investments by Kuwait’s state pension fund. David Blayney KC continues to be a major figure in the banking space.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Marshall KCSerle Court ‘Brilliant in court – someone you always want on your side.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Marshall KCSerle Court ‘The best of the best – a tremendously skilled advocate with an outstanding legal brain and rightly regarded as one of the most able silks at the Chancery and commercial Bar. Always try and be on his side.’

Serle Court is ‘a class act‘ with ‘a number of fantastic silks and excellent junior coming up‘. The set has a top-notch reputation for high-end Chancery, offshore, and fraud claims, which translates well into broader commercial disputes. Several members, including Jonathan Adkin KC and Adil Mohamedbhai  for the trustee defendants and James Weale for an intervenor, are involved in Wong v Grand View Private Trust Company & Ors, a case before the Bermuda Supreme Court in which the claimant seeks to recover billions of dollars of assets purportedly held in the purpose trusts on behalf of his late father’s estate. Philip Marshall KC and Simon Hattan  are acting for one of the defendants, Kamran Amouzegar, in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a US$800m-plus fraud claim involving bribery allegations linked to banking and investments of Kuwait’s state pension fund.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Marshall KCSerle Court ‘A robust advocate with excellent cross examination skills which is very effective in presenting the case and attacking the opponent and exposing their weaknesses.’

Second to none for civil fraud‘, Serle Court is noted for its ‘superb silks and even better juniors‘. The set’s top-notch reputation for offshore and Chancery matters feeds into its market-leading commercial fraud practice. Members have been involved in several of the largest cases to hit the courts, including Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Ors, a US$800m fraud claim involving bribery allegations linked to the banking and investments of the state pension fund of Kuwait, with Hugh Norbury KC co-leading for the claimant and Jonathan Adkin KC, Philip Marshall KC, Simon Hattan  and Charlotte Beynon  among those acting for defendants. Senior juniors are often top choices for silks outside of chambers, as demonstrated by James Weale‘s role on the claimant team in the long-running oligarch dispute Chernukhin v Deripaska, including a two-day Court of Appeal hearing in 2021.