Phillip is partner and Head of International Arbitration at White & Case LLP in London and his practice is focused in international arbitration, and engineering and construction. He has for years been recognised by legal directories as a "leading individual" in these fields. He is at ease in addressing highly technical engineering and technology issues, of which he has also had considerable experience. He is one of the very few lawyers worldwide who has been listed in the Most Highly Regarded Individuals – Global in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in Construction.
Phillip is a highly regarded advocate in arbitration. As counsel, under many applicable laws, common law and civil law, he has acted under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, and the Stockholm, Madrid and Prague Chambers of Commerce, as well as in contractual mediations and ad-hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules and otherwise. His cases have included cross-border investor disputes, engineering issues concerning process plant, rail infrastructure, highways, oil and gas facilities, and power and water plants, and applications of international technical standards (ISO, ASTM, etc).
He has led counsel teams in some of the largest projects in the world, from the Channel Tunnel to the expansion of the Panama Canal, and the new generation of nuclear power plants.
As arbitrator, Phillip has chaired ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals, and has served as sole arbitrator and party appointed arbitrator in ICC and LCIA arbitrations. As arbitrator, all his cases have been international cross-border disputes concerning manufacturing facilities design and procurement, mineral supplies and processing, oil and gas plant processing, investor disputes, agency contracts, claims under guarantees, metal ore trading, construction contract disputes, sale and supply issues, and manufacturing plant commissioning; and were governed by the laws of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, India, Kuwait, Egypt, France, Jamaica, and England.
Former Chairman of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, Phillip is now also Nash Professor of Engineering Law at King's College London. He is an Honorary Member of the Society of Construction Law, an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and Honorary President of the Adjudication Society. For 15 years he was the Director of the Diploma in International Arbitration, held in Oxford each year, the flagship programme of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.