Philip Engelman

I have been involved in numerous disputes about regulatory authorities. I have acted in cases concerning the Financial Services Authority, planning authorities, the General Medical Council, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, the Bar Council, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Care Quality Commission. 

I also have substantial experience in judicial review. 

I recently advised the Bar Standards Board on the issue of judicial supervision of advocates. 

My approach

I have worked for Direct Access clients for many years. I appreciate how stressful litigation is for individuals. I am very happy to deal with matters by telephone or in face to face meetings. I think I am approachable and user-friendly. I endeavour to respond quickly. I also provide written summaries on a regular basis. I am clear, concise and realistic in my advice. 

My work

The cases I have undertaken include: 

  • In the recent case of Wellbeing Care Ltd v Care Quality Commission, I acted for the owner of The Dell Care Home which was accused of serious neglect of its residents. It was the first case in which the Commission’s new enforcement policy was considered. We succeeded in showing that there had been sufficient improvement in the Care Home so as to have the decision to close the home overturned. 

  • In the again recent case of Lakeminster Park Ltd & others v East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which concerned the planning status of a well-known caravan park which had been the subject of a long-running dispute. I appeared for the successful local authority, which succeeded in showing that the development was in breach of the planning regulation and further none of the resident would have their human rights infringed if the site was closed down. 

  • In a well-known judicial review case (R (On the Application of Dr Malik) v Waltham Forest Primary Care Trust), I acted for the doctor whose surgery had been closed down by the local Primary Care Trust. My client succeeded in getting the decision overturned in the High Court. 

About me

I have been a barrister since 1979. I am the author of Ch.39 on Education in Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings. I am also a joint author of the chapter on Human Rights in Supperstone, Goudie and Walker on Judicial Review. 

I am a Recorder (Deputy Judge). 

I practise from Cloisters, Temple, London EC4Y 7AA. 

What my clients say

" A true expert in judicial reviews" Legal 500 2014
"a heavyweight in judicial review cases" Legal 500 2013
"Philip Engelman is ‘a formidable strategist and a persuasive advocate’" Legal 500 2011 


Professional & academic

I studied at University College London. I was called to the Bar in 1979.

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