Philip is a commercial barrister with particular expertise in insolvency, banking, and property litigation. He also has significant experience of professional negligence claims in those areas.
He is an experienced advocate, appearing regularly in the High Court both as sole advocate and as junior counsel.
He understands the business needs of his clients and always seeks to work with them to find the most pragmatic approach.
Commercial Litigation: Philip enjoys a reputation as a commercial litigator who gives practical advice on complex commercial disputes. He acts for a wide variety of businesses - from sole traders, to SMEs, to multi-nationals - across a range of business sectors. He advises on all manner of commercial issues, including the sale and supply of goods and services, agency, guarantees and indemnities, professional negligence, company law, insolvency, banking, and property.
Insolvency: Philip has extensive experience of both corporate and personal insolvency. He acts for creditors, debtors, and insolvency practitioners in all manner of contentious insolvency proceedings, and frequently advises on asset and debt recovery claims. He has extensive experience of acting in claims concerning directors’ misfeasance, preferences, and transactions at an undervalue. He often appears on applications for injunctions to restrain the presentation or advertisement of a petition, and disputed applications for validation orders.
He is also experienced in dealing with directors' disqualification proceedings.
Banking and Finance: Philip cultivated his banking practice at the height of interest rate swap mis-selling claims, building on his insolvency work in a raft of cases in which the banks had initiated insolvency proceedings as a result of the cash-flow difficulties that resulted from the mis-sold products. He now has experience across a whole range of banking cases, including mis-sold swaps, mis-sold mortgages, and negligent investment advice. He is familiar with COBS, MCOB, and other rules in the FCA Handbook.
Consumer Credit: Philip is experienced in consumer credit litigation. He frequently acts in claims concerning unfair credit relationships, improperly executed agreements, unenforceable agreements, and other breaches of the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, the related CONC rules, and other relevant rules in the FCA Handbook. He is also able to offer advice on whether his clients are caught by the consumer credit regime and require regulated credit agreements.
Company and Partnership Law: Philip frequently advises shareholders, directors, and partners on their rights and obligations. He has experience dealing with unfair prejudice petitions, disputes involving family businesses and quasi-partnerships, and partnership dissolutions. His experience in both insolvency and property law often assist in providing more comprehensive and innovative advice.
Professional Negligence: Philip has acted in a number of professional negligence cases against IFAs, solicitors, accountants, and architects, arising out of a range of transactions, including conveyancing, investment advice, and the handling of contentious leasehold renewals. He is well placed to advise on professional negligence claims across the range of his other work.
“Philip Currie is a pleasure to deal with. He is swift, to the point and gets to the details impressively quickly. Clients enjoy working with him as he is so grounded.” (instructing solicitor)
“Philip provides detailed and practical advice in commercial cases, cutting through tricky points of law.” (instructing solicitor)
“Excellent, friendly, very well-prepared, and supportive” (lay client)