Philip Sinclair (Head of Chambers)
Date of Call: 1995 (Gray’s Inn)
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) London.
Areas of Practice:
- Property Law, Planning
- Boundary Disputes (inc. Party Wall Act matters)
- Contractual Disputes
- General Civil Litigation
Philip has substantial experience (both Civil & Criminal) in the higher and Appellate courts. His practice is wide-ranging, consisting of very high-profile crime, multi-million pound disputes in the Chancery Courts and contested probate.
Philip lives in a village on the borders of Kent and Sussex. He enjoys sailing, writing and shouting at the radio.
Philip obtained the only aquittals in both the 'body on the beach' murder (R v West) in 2014 and the 'Hatton Garden Heist' (R v Harbinson) in 2016.
Reported Cases Include:
R v Gauntlett (1999) EWCA Crim 1162 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/1999/1162.html (a case concerning the comparability of sentencing).
R (On Application of Clive Biggs) v HO (2002) EWHC 1012 (Admin) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2002/1012.html (a case concerning the appropriateness of Judicial Review where a prisoner's licence has been revoked).
R v Matthews (2003) EWCA Crim 813 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2003/813.html (Archbold: 16-78 and 24-128) (a case brought under the Human Rights’ Act concerning the reverse burden provisions of Section 139, Criminal Justice Act 1988 (bladed article). A question was certified for consideration by the House of Lords).
Bathurst v Scarborow (2004) EWCA civ 411 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2004/411.html (a case concerning the relative precedence of Partnership and Property Law).
R (On Application of DPP) v Humphrey (2005) EMHC 822 (Admin) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2005/822.html (a case concerning the meaning of “religious aggravation” in Section 28, Crime and Disorder Act 1998).
R v Taylor (2006) EWCA Crim 260. Archbold 11-3c (a case which clarified the test for admitting hearsay evidence under the 2003 Criminal Justice Act)
R v Hitchens (2011) EWCA Crim 1626 (a case which confirmed that a person may use force against an innocent third party in order to defend himself or another, or in the prevention of crime).
Memberships: South Eastern Circuit, Criminal Bar Association, Kent Bar Mess and Greenpeace.