Philip will take over the role from Sir James Dingemans who stepped down at the end of this season.
Philip has been a member of the RFU's independent judiciary since 2009, sitting as chairman on panels both at first instance and at appeal level. He has given judgments in several high profile rugby matters and acted as Judicial Officer for European Professional Club Rugby and World Rugby.
Philip was made Queen's Counsel in 2016 after being called to the Bar in 1995. He has expertise in serious and complex crime and regulation. A member of both the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and the British Association for Sport and Law, Philip has extensive experience of regulatory and disciplinary law particularly in a sporting context. As well as across rugby, he has worked within horse racing and various other sports.
Philip is an avid rugby union fan, continuing an interest developed from playing for over 15 years including at national league level.
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