Year of Call: 2009 

Academic Qualifications 
BSc Biochemistry, Imperial College London
LLB, The College of Law
LLM, International Commercial Practice, The University of Law 


Scholarshisps and Awards
Queen Mother's Scholarship, Middle Temple

Professional bodies 
Chancery Bar Association
Financial Services Lawyers Association 
Professional Negligence Bar Association

 

Philip Currie

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. 

 

Property Litigation: Philip has extensive experience dealing with all manner of real estate litigation. He predominantly advises commercial clients on property transactions and disputes concerning easements, restrictive covenants, mortgages and overage agreements. He also frequently appears in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, including forfeiture proceedings, applications for relief from forfeiture, and contested renewal applications under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. 

 

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. 

 

 

Notable cases
 

  • Together with David McIlroy, representing thousands of former council tenants in the Right to Buy litigation, a series of professional negligence claims against conveyancing solicitors. The litigation settled part way through trial in November 2015.
 
  • Representing the claimants in a professional negligence claim against their former solicitors for failing to issue proceedings for the renewal of a commercial tenancy in time.
  • Representing and advising numerous individuals and companies in ongoing claims for damages arising out of mis-sold interest rate swaps.
  • Representing a large construction company in an application to restrain the advertisement of a winding up petition where the underlying debt was disputed. 

 

 

Testimonials 

 

“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)