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Partner (Admitted 1994)

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Philip worked for a leading criminal defence firm before joining SGK as a Salaried Partner in 2001 and becoming an Equity Partner in 2004. He is head of general crime and as the dedicated compliance and regulatory officer for the firm he oversees the firm’s Quality Standards. In 2015 he steered the firm through the Law Society’s “Lexcel” Legal Practice Quality Mark accreditation which recognises excellence in Legal Practice Management and Client Care.

Philip splits his practice between serious criminal matters such as murder, fraud, money laundering, firearms, high value robberies, and drugs supply, and his private practice where he is particularly sought after by clients who require advice for matters which require delicate handling and judgement.

He is noted for his tactical acumen, thorough and dedicated approach to every individual’s case, and easy personal style.

Philip Hill is recommended for his ‘outstanding’ client care – Legal 500 2016

Philip Hill is ‘praised for his sound judgement and excellent interpersonal skills’ - Legal 500 2012

Client feedback:

"Very pleased with all the good work you have done for me, thanks"

"I was very happy with the way my case was handled, I always knew what was going on.  I appreciate the way my family was kept informed…and cannot praise the effort and workload put into defending me enough"

His recent notable cases include:

  • 2016 R v S  Central Criminal Court (ongoing):
    Representing one of four defendants who face allegations of kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail. Issues being considered relate to complex mobile telephone and cell site analysis.
  • 2016 R v H  Newcastle Crown Court (ongoing):
    Representing one of 25 defendants in a complex conspiracy involving the alleged grooming and rape of vulnerable young complainants. This case has, so far, involved the discharge of two Juries, numerous Public Interest Applications by the Crown, interlocutory Judicial Review proceedings, and an Abuse of Process Argument which, in itself, took over four weeks. The re-trial is due to take place in 2017.
  • 2016 R v Y  Truro Crown Court (ongoing):
    Representing a defendant who faces three Counts of Conspiracy to fraudulently evade the prohibition on the importation of goods; these being component parts of prohibited weapons under the Firearms Act 1968. These proceedings derive from a multinational police operation, the Crown alleging that the parts were imported with the aid of the dark web from Germany, America and Austria. This case has involved careful analysis of numerous computers and other devices, internet data, and financial evidence including bitcoins and bank accounts.
  • 2016 R v A  Maidstone Crown Court (ongoing):
    Representing one of a number of defendants who face Conspiracy to Rob and possession/carrying a firearm with intent to commit an Indictable offence/cause fear of violence. The Crown allege that organised disparate groups of people were brought together from various parts of the country, to agree, prepare and carry out a large scale attack on the occupants of a travellers site. This has necessitated: CCTV, ANPR, mobile telephone, cell site, DNA, and expert voice recognition analysis during the course of preparing this defence.
  • 2015 R v B  Southwark Crown Court
    Represented alleged “right hand man” in multi-handed conspiracy to defraud involving a company and individuals based in the City of London accused of ‘boiler room’ fraud involving the sale of non-existent diamonds. Defendant acquitted after a six week trial.
  • 2015 R v M  Central Criminal Court
    Represented a defendant accused of keeping a brothel and money laundering.  Acquitted following a two week trial.
  • 2014 R v N  Blackfriars Crown Court
    Represented defendant accused of bigamy and associated offences. After extensive legal argument supported by expert advice from a family law practitioner, the Crown conceded that the criminal court had no jurisdiction to hear the bigamy allegation and the matter was left to ‘lie on the file’.
  • 2014 R v R  Blackfriars Crown Court
    Represented an alleged member of a group described as 'urban explorers', accused of conspiracy to gain illegal entry to restricted access public areas including high security vaults and the London Underground Network. Following successful legal argument for an abuse of process, the prosecution offered no evidence on the 9th day of trial and the client was acquitted.
  • 2013 R v D  Isleworth Crown Court
    Represented a defendant accused of kidnap and wounding with intent, requiring expert analysis of CCTV footage served.
  • 2013 R v P Wood Green Crown Court
    Represented a defendant in a multi handed conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life, in alleged ‘tit for tat’ gang violence.
  • 2012 R v F Central Criminal Court
    Represented the main defendant in multiple conspiracies to rob cash in transit security vans and associated firearm offences. As a result of 12 days of legal argument pursuing disclosure, the prosecution withdrew 14 out of the 15 counts against the defendant.

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