Philip Engelman

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, I hope, 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

My many include cases include:

  • The Financial Services Authority, market abuse and injunctive relief - R (On the Application of Canada Inc) v Financial Services Authority;
  • Public Procurement - R (On the Application of the Law Society) v Legal Services Commission;
  • Disputes over the Olympic Park - Balcombe Group plc v London Development Agency;
  • Disputes between solicitors - Conlon v Simms;
  • Public liability insurance - Bartoline v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc;
  • Property rights under the European Convention on Human Rights - R (Malik) v Waltham Forest Primay Care Trust;
  • Arbitratrion appeals - Coal Authority v Trustees of the Nostell Trust;
  • Disputes relating to the Office of Fair Trading - Bardsley v Office of Fair Trading;
  • Disputes about musical copyright - Beckingham v Hodges;
  • Breach of contract and misrepresentation - Compass Group v Hobart Manufacturing Co Ltd; 
  • Formation of contracts - Fontana v Skandia Life Assurance Ltd.

Here are some in more detail:

  • In the Balcombe plc case, my clients sought their fees for acting on behalf of many of the Olympic Park property holders whose properties were being compulsorily acquired for the redevelopment of site for the prospective Games. There was a 5-day hearing in the High Court into various points of dispute about the contract as a result of which the Claimants avoided a substantial reduction in the scope of their claim. 
  • I am also acting in a commercial dispute about introducer’s fees in relation to legal claims, which is ongoing. 
  • I acted for the North Eastern group of solicitors in a challenge to a public procurement exercise carried out by the Law Society. My clients had been refused contracts with the Legal Services Commission. Judicial review proceedings were brought in which my clients were successful.

About me

I have been in practice for more than 30 years. During that time I have represented clients from both the domestic and international arena, including private individuals; companies; local government; central government; major bodies. I have appeared in the House of Lords; Privy Council; Court of Appeal; Divisional Court; Administrative Court; all divisions of the High Court, including the Commercial Court; the Technology and Construction Court.  

I am also a Recorder (Deputy Judge). 


What my clients say

I have been described as a "formidable strategist and persuasive advocate" by Legal 500. 

Professional & academic

Barrister, Gray's Inn & Inner Temple (1979)

Recorder (2012)

Author, Commercial Judicial Review (Sweet & Maxwell). 

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