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Partner (Admitted 1994)

Philip Hill

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Philip has over 25 years of experience defending his clients against criminal allegations. Philip worked for a leading criminal defence firm before joining SGK as a Salaried Partner in 2001 and becoming an Equity Partner in 2004.

Philip’s practice includes serious criminal matters such as murder, fraud, money laundering, firearms, high value robberies, and drugs supply. He is noted for his tactical acumen, thorough and dedicated approach to every individual’s case, and easy personal style. He is particularly sought after by clients who require advice for matters which require delicate handling and judgement including representing families at Coroner’s Inquests.

As head of general crime and as the dedicated compliance and regulatory officer for the firm Philip 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 and which has been maintained annually since.

Philip is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and Fraud Lawyers Association; and an Assessor for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme run by Kaplan.

“The excellent Philip Hill”
Legal 500, 2021

Philip Hill “is an extremely calm and focused lawyer and has first-rate client care skills”.
Legal 500, 2019

Philip Hill is "an excellent solicitor who combines client care with forensic case preparation skills"
Legal 500, 2018

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:

"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:

  • 2020 R v P & K: Oxford Crown Court (ongoing)
    Representing two defendants in multi-handed, cross jurisdictional, drugs supply and money laundering case following extensive 2 year investigation by the police.
  • 2020 POCA Proceedings: Luton Crown Court
    Joined proceedings as third party on behalf of wife, securing significant reduction in joint property being attributed to her husband and confiscated by the state.
  • 2018  R v K  St Albans Crown Court
    Represented one defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs amongst a number of disparate organised crime groups (OCRs) in the London and Luton areas.
  • 018  R v K  Isleworth Crown Court
    With Sonia Weaver, represented  the ‘stalker’ of TV presenter Christine Lampard.
  • 2017  R v M  Central Criminal Court
    Represented the grandmother of a young man convicted of murder – assisting an offender post the commission of the offence.
  • 2017  R v S  Central Criminal Court
    Represented of one of four defendants who faced allegations of kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail.
  • 2017  R v H  Newcastle Crown Court
    Represented the only one of 25 defendants acquitted of all sexual offences in a complex conspiracy involving the alleged grooming and rape of vulnerable young complainants, being convicted of drug offences only. This case 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 case received widespread press attention.
  • 2017  R v S 
    Represented one of an alleged organised crime group in south London involved in the large scale importation and supply of class A drugs and handling stolen goods, following a long term covert police operation, involving millions of pounds.  Persuaded the Crown to withdraw the charges related to the drugs and the defendant pleaded guilty to handing stolen goods receiving a sentence of under 3 years’ imprisonment whilst co-defendants received sentences of up to 18 years.  
  • 2016  R v Y  Truro Crown Court
    Represented a defendant who faced 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 derived 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 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
    Represented one of a number of defendants who faced conspiracy to rob and possession/carrying a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence/cause fear of violence. The Crown alleged 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 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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