Philip Evans



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QEB News: Philip Evans QC has been appointed as the Rugby Football Union's second independent Head of Rugby Judiciary.
12.06.2017 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans QC and Philip Stott prosecute Mayfair jewellery burglary featuring Hatton Garden offenders
28.02.2017 More >

QEB News: Owner of children's activity camp cleared of child cruelty; Philip Evans QC defends.
27.5.2016 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans takes Silk
22.2.2016 More >

QEB News: Tim Naylor and Philip Evans represent the BHA in the case of Andrew Findlay and other
22.1.2016 More >

QEB News: Three found guilty in Hatton Garden jewellery trial
14.1.2016 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans appointed Queen’s Counsel
11.1.2016 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans acts for the Gambling Commission in prosecution of greyhound trainer
7.12.2015 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans and Philip Stott open Hatton Garden trial
24.11.2015 More >

QEB News: QEB Hollis Whiteman members in Hatton Garden trial
20.11.2015 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans appointed to EPCR Disciplinary Panel
21.10.2015 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans and Tim Naylor represent the BHA in Anthony Knott’s appeal against ban
24.4.2015 More >

QEB News: Narrative conclusion in inquest into ‘friendly fire’ deaths of Captain Sawyer and Corporal Winter
12.3.2015 More >

QEB News: Philip Evans defends man acquitted of attempting to murder his grandfather
22.12.2014 More >

QEB News: Racehorse owner Anthony Knott disqualified for 3 years
19.12.2014 More >

Philip Evans QC

Silk 2016
Call 1995
LLB (Hons) (University of Wales)
MA (Southampton)

Practice: Crime, Regulatory/Disciplinary Law and Sports Law

Ranked in:

Chambers UK 2017 as a New Silk in Crime, London Bar

The Legal 500 2016 as a Tier 1 New Silk in Crime and in Sport

'He is excellent with clients and has great tactical judgement.'The Legal 500 - Crime (2016)

'He is flexible and happy to provide advice along the way as cases progress.' The Legal 500 - Sport (2016)

'"He is a talented barrister" and "someone that you feel is on top of things." "He is superbly responsive"' Chambers UK - Crime (2016)


Philip has expertise in serious and complex crime and regulation. He has recently appeared for both the prosecution and the defence in some of the highest profile criminal matters that have been tried. In those cases he has acted both as leader and junior. He is currently involved in several complex matters waiting to come before the courts.

He has a strong practice in private corporate work, having recently been instructed on behalf of private companies and individuals who are not themselves defendants but require advice relating to matters such as fraud (civil and criminal), potential criminal liability rising from corporate activities, confiscation, compensation and related areas. He is currently instructed to assist with the defence in a corruption trial taking place in the Indian Courts.

Philip is a member of both the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and the British Association for Sport and Law.  He has extensive experience appearing before various regulatory tribunals, such as Police Disciplinary tribunals and the Police Appeals tribunal. He appears before the General Social Care Council and has advised in relation to a number of appeals in this area of professional regulation.   He is regularly instructed on behalf of the Gambling Commission to advise in relation to their regulatory matters and to appear on their behalf at first instance and at appeals.  

He sits as a chairman on sports tribunals convened by the Rugby Football Union both at first instance and at appellate level. He has given judgments in several high profile rugby matters.  He regularly acts as Judicial Officer to various international rugby tournaments.  Working in this role has provided him with extensive experience of regulatory and disciplinary law in a sporting context.   

This experience has been extended into other sporting fields in which Philip has a broad personal knowledge, in particular the regulation of cricket and horse racing where he is regularly instructed to prosecute. He has an interest and breadth of knowledge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

His substantial cross-discipline experience in both criminal and regulatory/disciplinary law enables him to provide specialist advice to those facing investigation in both areas. 

Philip has recently been instructed in a number of serious sexual allegations. These have included allegations of rape and allegations of historic sexual misconduct.  He has vast experience historically in defending in all levels and types of sexual misconduct cases.    

Philip has particular expertise in road traffic-related matters. He has acted privately for clients of some notoriety who have included the managing director of a multinational car manufacturer, the wife of the chairman of a high street bank, premiership footballers and their families along with a world famous theatre producer. These cases have involved alcohol-related matters, speeding, avoidance of disqualification under the 'totting up' provisions and speeding-related offences, as well as dangerous driving and death by dangerous driving.

His advocacy skills have also been extensively utilised in council chambers across the south of England, where he has acted in a number of licensing matters


Recent Work

Philip Evans has:

  • Currently instructed as Leading Counsel for the Crown in a major Metropolitan police operation involving multiple defendants accused of money laundering.


  • Defended Levi Bellfield at his five month trial for multiple murders and multiple attempted murders.


  • Prosecuted  R v Ali Dizaei (Metropolitan Police Commander convicted of perverting the course of justice)


  • R v Maddix, Liston and Terry. Prosecuted three defendants (including one 16 year old defendant) successfully for Murder


  • Sat on the RFU appeal of two Rugby Players from Bath Rugby Football Club who appealed their ban from playing for failing to provide a drugs test


  • Sat at first instance for the RFU on the case of Olivier Azam the Gloucester and French hooker accused of stamping on Steve Borthwick.


  • Sat on the first instance hearing for the RFU in the case of Richard Cockerill, the Head Coach of Leicester Tigers.  


  • Defended an allegation of multiple complainant, multiple rape, by a step father on a number of his step children.


  • Acted for the CPS fraud department in a case involving complex issues of bankruptcy and confiscation.


  • Acted for Sulley Muntari the Inter Milan and Ghanaian International Footballer in relation to various allegations;


  • Alongside these matters, led for the defence in two matters of conspiracy to rob, defended a multiple cold case rape case and acted for one of nine defendants at the Central Criminal Court in a matter of conspiracy to commit GBH. He appeared for the Crown in a five handed conspiracy to supply firearms.


Additional Information

Pupil Supervisor

Member of the Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Member of the British Association for Sport and Law
Registered with the Bar Council – Public Access Directory
Member of the Public Access Bar Association - PABA

Philip undertakes work on behalf of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

As well as this in 2008 he was appointed the National Legal Advisor to the Innocence Network UK. For further information see


Philip is an avid Rugby Union fan, continuing an interest developed from playing at National league level.

As well as rugby, his interest in sport is prolific; he regularly follows football, cricket and horse racing.

He is also a grade 8 standard musician.

Notable cases:

R v Pike & another (2017)
Philip Evans QC led Tim Naylor in the prosecution of Dale Pike for the manslaughter by gross negligence of Gareth Pugh

R v Landsman (2016)
Owner of children's activity camp cleared of child cruelty; Philip Evans QC defends.

Philip Evans and Tim Naylor represent the BHA in Anthony Knott’s appeal against ban (2015)
QEB Hollis Whiteman barristers Evans and Naylor appeared on behalf of the British Horseracing Authority opposing the appeal

Inquest into the deaths of Captain T Sawyer & Corporal D Winter (2015)
Article 2 inquest into friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.

R v Sibley (2014)
Philip Evans defends man acquitted of attempting to murder his grandfathe

R v Dunne (2013)
Hoaxer jailed for claiming he had kidnapped EastEnder actress

Ali Dizaei appeal (2013)
Philip Evans successful as Ali Dizaei's Appeal against conviction rejected

R v Hutchinson-Foster (2013)
The gun-man who triggered the London Riots

R v Oleksiak (2012)
World renowned artist acquitted of s.18 GBH

X v UK Athletics Selection Panel (2012)
Appeal to the UK Athletics appeal panel

R v Ali Dizaei (2012)
Corrupt Police officer jailed

Pakistan Cricketers match fixing allegations (2011)
Philip Evans defends Pakistani cricketer at Southwark Crown Court