Philip Godfrey > Ropewalk Chambers > Nottingham, England > Barrister Profile

Ropewalk Chambers

Work Department

Personal injury, Housing, Serious Injury, Disease, Clinical Negligence, Inquests, Animas and Equine, Counter Fraud, Motor, Credit Hire, Professional Negligence.


Philip prides himself on providing a tactical insight into the cases on which he is instructed.  He provides a proactive approach and is often involved at the earliest stages of claims to provide input and guidance.

Philip specialises in all areas of personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence litigation.

His practice encompasses high-value multi-track work involving cases valued up to £1 million.

Philip has extensive experience of trial advocacy and interim hearings, incorporating the full range of personal injury litigation.

Philip has a wide-ranging paperwork practice, advising both claimants and defendants, as well as settling pleadings.  He regularly advises on liability, quantum and issues of medical causation.

He has a particular specialism in cases involving the Defective Premises Act 1972, and was counsel for the Respondent in the leading case of Lafferty v Newark and Sherwood DC [2016] HLR 13.

Philip studied Law at the University of Nottingham.  At University, he was awarded the Law Graduates’ Association Moot Prize.  He undertook his Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School where he was graded “Very Competent”.

Prior to joining Chambers, Philip spent three months working for the International Arbitration team at a leading international law firm in Paris.


Publications of note: Macmillan and Godfrey, ‘Age discrimination and enhanced redundancy payments’ (2011), 216 EOR 24-26; Macmillan and Godfrey, ‘How to manage sickness policies and disability-related absences’ (2011), 217 EOR 22-23.


  • Personal Injuries Bar Association


  • LLB, University of Nottingham


Away from the Bar, Philip’s interests include travel, theatre and spending time with family and friends.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Philip GodfreyRopewalk Chambers ‘Philip is an excellent advocate. His analysis of evidence is insightful and detailed. His pleadings are well-drafted. He is friendly and approachable.’