Philip joined Wedlake Bell in 1982, having trained and qualified at Penningtons. He became a partner in 1986 and was managing partner of Wedlake Bell between April 2008 and November 2011. During his period as managing partner, he led the conversion of Wedlake Bell to LLP status and initiated the discussions which led to the Firm’s merger with Cumberland Ellis in 2012.
Philip’s main area of expertise is as a commercial real estate lawyer advising on all aspects of general commercial property work, including acquisitions, disposals and lettings. He has particular expertise in dealing with property development and joint ventures, including devising appropriate structures for both tax and commercial issues; property finance, including senior debt and forward funding, and property insolvency issues. Philip is also one of the team’s advisers on contaminated land issues. Philip’s practice now includes the taking of fixed charged (‘LPA’) receivership appointments in respect of distressed real estate assets (including shops, shopping centres, office blocks business parks and industrial sites) and regularly advises other receivers on legal issues relating to receiverships.
Philip’s experience includes:
Philip is a member of NARA (the Fixed Charge Receivers Association), and was previously a Council Member and Director. He is a Registered Property Receiver (as administered by the Insolvency Practitioners Association). He has also taken and passed the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma.