• An accomplished advocate with an established and thriving practice in financial crime, general crime and regulatory work; he is a highly skilled practitioner who is as personable as he is brilliant.

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Philip spent the formative part of his career prosecuting for the specialised units of the CPS and defending individuals often in multi-handed cases concerning fraud and money laundering.  His keen intellect and easy, self-assured approach have made him a favourite amongst those involved with large and serious fraud cases as well as those who deal with health and safety breaches.  He is certainly one to watch.

    Crime

    Philip is an accomplished advocate with an established and thriving practice in criminal work, ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500. He is regularly instructed both to prosecute and to defend, with a caseload which often includes advising and representing professionals facing both fitness to practise allegations and criminal charges.   He has experience across the spectrum of work, from serious, complex or technical matters to cases which require sensitive handling and a safe pair of hands.

    Regulatory

    Philip has a successful practice advising and acting for both professionals and regulators, often in complex and difficult fitness to practise proceedings. He specialises in the field of healthcare regulation (GDC, MPTS, GCC, HCPC, NMC) and in cases which engage serious issues such as probity, sexual misconduct, competence and performance. He also has experience in the financial and gaming sectors, and in industry regulation.

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime – Band 5; Professional Discipline – Band 5

    Legal 500 2019: Crime – Tier 3; Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Tier 4

    'A very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    'A persuasive advocate who presents his arguments in an unflustered and measured way.' Legal 500 Crime (2019)

    'A very able junior with good technical skills – he is extremely personable too.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2019)

    'He impressed me with his decisive attitude in terms of strategy and knowledge and experience of professional disciplinary proceedings. He was also keenly aware of practical considerations.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'An able junior with good technical skills. Extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'A great strategist, who is calm and reassuring with clients.' Legal 500 Crime (2017)

    'Extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2017)

    Appointments

    • Registered pupil supervisor
    • CPS External Advocates Panel Grade 4
    • CPS Specialist Panels Serious Crime Group List Grade 4
    • Accredited Advocacy Trainer, Gray's Inn

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Fraud Lawyers Association

    Education

    • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
    • BA Jurisprudence (English Law with French Law), St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
    • Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français, Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
    • Holy Cross College, Bury, Lancashire 
    • Prince of Wales and Reid Scholarships, and Senior Award, Gray’s Inn
    • Woolf Scholarship, 1 Crown Office Row
    • Speaks French

    Recent Cases

    • Philip was instructed (led by Care Sibson QC in the original trial and by Andrew Thomas QC in the re-trial) to defend the former Barclay’s Bank Euro liquidity manager who was accused of conspiracy to defraud in relation to fixing the EURIBOR benchma...

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    • Philip was instructed by the MDU to represent two GPs, Drs N and G, at the inquest into the death of a patient.The two doctors, both interested parties at the inquest at the South London Coroner’s Court, had treated the patient in the period before ...

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    • Philip represented Dr X at an oral hearing before the Investigating Committee.The hearing was held to determine whether a warning should be issued in light of a multi-faceted allegation arising out of consultations with a patient at a sexual health clinic...

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    • Eleanor Laws QC led Philip McGhee in the defence of former football coach, Barry Bennell, charged with multiple child sex offences.

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    • Linda Strudwick led Philip McGhee in the defence of one of five men accused of non-recent grooming and sexual abuse of vulnerable girls.

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    • William Boyce QC led Philip McGhee in the prosecution of the former TV producer who hired several hitmen to murder his female partner.

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    • Acted for the GDC in PCC proceedings against a dentist in a multi-complainant (ten patient) misconduct case.

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    • Zoe Johnson QC led Philip McGhee in the prosecution of Viktoria Tautz, a nanny, for the manslaughter by shaking of a 10-month-old baby in her care.

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    • Acted for CIMA in proceedings before the disciplinary committee against an accountant who inadequately documented, and did not repay, a loan from a client.

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    • Prosecution of fifteen defendants across five cases for offences related to the importation and supply of significant quantities of Class A drugs.

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    • Philip advised in relation to the prosecution of an international money laundering conspiracy flowing from a people smuggling operation.

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    • Prosecution of eleven defendants charged with offences related to the supply of controlled drugs, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.

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    News

    • Sean Larkin QC and Philip McGhee appear in Euribor Trial

      The prosecution is brought by the Serious Fraud Office.

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    • Sean Larkin QC and Philip McGhee involved in EURIBOR trial

      The jury in the Euribor trial was discharged after being unable to reach verdicts.

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    • London Legal Walk 2018

      QEB Hollis Whiteman are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

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    • EURIBOR Trial Commences

      Sean Larkin QC and Philip McGhee are representing defendants in the EURIBOR trial.

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    • Eleanor Laws QC and Philip McGhee defend Barry Bennell in historic sex charges case

      QEBHW members Eleanor Laws QC and Philip McGhee are defending former youth soccer coach, Barry Bennell, who is on trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Having admitted seven charges of sexual abuse Bennell has pleaded not guilty to 48 others relating to conduct...

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    • Trial of alleged 'grooming gang' starts in Newcastle

      Linda Strudwick is leading Philip McGhee in the defence of one of five men accused of multiple gang rapes and abuse of vulnerable girls.  Linda and Philip, barristers at QEBHW, are instructed by Andy Malik on behalf of DJMS Defence Solicitors.  The trial,...

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    • Philip McGhee is ranked as a Leader in his Field in Crime and Professional Discipline in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018

      Details of the rankings and commentaries will be published in November 2017 in the Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018.

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    • Zoe Johnson QC and Philip McGhee prosecute baby shaking manslaughter

      Zoe Johnson QC and Philip McGhee successfully prosecuted Viktoria Tautz, a nanny, for the manslaughter by shaking of a 10-month-old baby in her care. The trial took place at the Central Criminal Court before Mrs Justice McGowan.Read media report here.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A bright, versatile and tactically astute advocate who is a pleasure to work with, Philip McGhee has quickly developed an impressive track-record in corporate and financial crime.

    Overview

    Philip spent the formative part of his career prosecuting for the specialised units of the CPS and defending individuals often in multi-handed cases concerning fraud and money laundering.  His keen intellect and easy, self-assured approach have made him a favourite amongst those involved with large and serious fraud cases as well as those who deal with health and safety breaches.  He is certainly one to watch.

    Experience 

    Philip has developed an impressive practice in corporate and financial crime. Throughout his career he has prosecuted and defended in a number of fraud and money laundering cases.  Most recently, Philip was instructed as junior counsel to defend in the first Euribor benchmark interest rate-fixing case, prosecuted by the SFO.

    Philip is regularly instructed privately to defend professionals facing charges for alleged offences both within and beyond the perimeter of the workplace. He has developed a practice in health and safety law, prosecuting and defending individuals and corporates in relation to alleged breaches in the workplace.  Philip has been instructed by local authorities to prosecute a vast array of matters, and has recently defended in a case brought by the HSE in relation to serious injury caused to a worker on a construction site as a result of an unsafe lifting operation.  He is often recommended for work by established practitioners in the field.

    Philip advises pre-charge and acts at all stages through to appeal, and is adept at dealing with complex issues of disclosure. 

    Notable Cases

    Bermingham (2019)
    Philip was instructed (led by Care Sibson QC in the original trial and by Andrew Thomas QC in the re-trial) to defend the former Barclay’s Bank Euro liquidity manager who was accused of conspiracy to defraud in relation to fixing the EURIBOR benchmark interest rate.

    R v MK (2016)
    Instructed privately to defend in relation to breaches of health and safety legislation (LOLER 1998) following an accident on a construction site resulting in serious crush injuries to a worker.

    R v JL (2016)
    Prosecuted a man and woman for money laundering in relation to large sums of cash found at their home.

    R v DV (2014)
    Instructed by a London local authority in the prosecution of a private landlord for health and safety and licensing breaches.

    Reviews 

    'A very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'A persuasive advocate who presents his arguments in an unflustered and measured way.' Legal 500 (2019)

    'A very able junior with good technical skills – he is extremely personable too.' Legal 500 (2019)

    'An able junior with good technical skills. Extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'Extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'A great strategist, who is calm and reassuring with clients.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'A safe pair of hands with an unflappable can-do attitude.' Legal 500 (2016)

    Recent Cases

    • Philip was instructed (led by Care Sibson QC in the original trial and by Andrew Thomas QC in the re-trial) to defend the former Barclay’s Bank Euro liquidity manager who was accused of conspiracy to defraud in relation to fixing the EURIBOR benchma...

    • Philip advised in relation to the prosecution of an international money laundering conspiracy flowing from a people smuggling operation.

    News

    • Sean Larkin QC and Philip McGhee appear in Euribor Trial

      The prosecution is brought by the Serious Fraud Office.

    • Sean Larkin QC and Philip McGhee involved in EURIBOR trial

      The jury in the Euribor trial was discharged after being unable to reach verdicts.

    • EURIBOR Trial Commences

      Sean Larkin QC and Philip McGhee are representing defendants in the EURIBOR trial.

  • A favourite of the leading law firms and specialised prosecution units operating in the field of general and serious crime, Philip McGhee is sought after for his charming client care, his tactical judgement and his impressive advocacy.

    Overview 

    Philip is an accomplished advocate with an established and thriving practice in criminal work, ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500. He is regularly instructed both to prosecute and to defend, with a caseload which often includes advising and representing professionals facing both fitness to practise allegations and criminal charges. He has experience across the spectrum of work, from serious, complex or technical matters to cases which require sensitive handling and a safe pair of hands.

    Experience 

    Philip has a thriving prosecution and defence practice across the spectrum of criminal work. He prosecutes and defends, alone and as a led junior, in cases of serious fraud and dishonesty, homicide and violence, drugs trafficking, and sexual offending. He advises pre-charge and at all stages through to appeal and is adept at dealing with complex issues of disclosure. Philip has particular experience in cases of all types where witnesses or the client require very careful or sensitive handling. Philip is regularly instructed privately to defend professionals facing charges for alleged offences both within and beyond the perimeter of the workplace, with a particular emphasis on sexual offences. He has a growing practice in trading standards cases brought against both individuals and companies. He is also experienced in all areas of road traffic law.

    Philip’s recent work for the Crown has included: the prosecution of a nanny for the manslaughter of a baby (R v Tautz, led by Zoe Johnson QC); the prosecution of a former TV producer for soliciting hitmen to murder his wife (R v Harris, led by William Boyce QC); the prosecution of a female sex worker who bludgeoned her friend and flatmate to death with a hammer; the prosecution of a manager of an international freight courier company who used consignments of computers to illegally import huge quantities of heroin; the prosecution of a gang of men who targeted and violently robbed lone pedestrian couriers of cash for bureaux de change; and the prosecution of trespassers to the runways at Heathrow, London City and Stansted Airports (in the latter case, prosecuting with the consent of the Attorney General fifteen defendants for an offence contrary to the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990).

    Recent defence cases have included: representing (led by Eleanor Laws QC) former football coach Barry Bennell, charged with multiple child sex offences and described by the judge as “the devil incarnate”; acting for a City lawyer charged with child pornography and drugs offences; representing a severely mentally disordered woman charged (as a secondary party) with the rape and sexual assault of a female in-patient at a care home; and defending a consultant surgeon accused of assaulting his wife. 

    Philip has extensive experience dealing with the procedural, evidential and tactical issues encountered across the spectrum of cases along the criminal-regulatory divide. He has recently successfully acted for doctors, teachers and accountants facing serious allegations of misconduct and sexual impropriety. 

    Philip also practised for two years as an attorney (combining the roles of solicitor and barrister) in the Cayman Islands (2007-2009) where he represented clients across the full range of criminal cases (from murder, to illegally taking turtle and conch) at first instance and appellate level.

    Notable Cases

    R v BT (2016)
    Successful private defence of a vulnerable elderly woman accused of racially motivated assaults and public order offences at a Knightsbridge hotel.

    R v MC (2016)
    Successful private defence of a primary school head teacher accused of assaulting a very young pupil.

    R v Khan & others (2016)
    Prosecution of eleven defendants charged with offences related to the supply of controlled drugs, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.

    R v Blakemore (2015)
    Successful private defence of the ‘spanking GP’ who faced charges of assault after she was accused of attacking her partner in bed with a bamboo cane.

    R v CH (2015)
    Successful private defence of a young man accused of exposure while sitting in a car and hiding his face behind a giant cookie

    R v Zawadzka (2014)
    Philip McGhee was led by Sarah Plaschkes QC in the successful prosecution of a female sex worker who murdered her friend by bludgeoning her to the head with a hammer.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime – Band 5

    Legal 500 2019: Crime – Tier 3

    'A persuasive advocate who presents his arguments in an unflustered and measured way.' Legal 500 Crime (2019)

    'A great strategist, who is calm and reassuring with clients.' Legal 500 Crime (2017)

    'A safe pair of hands with an unflappable can-do attitude.' Legal 500 (2016)

    Recent Cases

    • Eleanor Laws QC led Philip McGhee in the defence of former football coach, Barry Bennell, charged with multiple child sex offences.

    • Linda Strudwick led Philip McGhee in the defence of one of five men accused of non-recent grooming and sexual abuse of vulnerable girls.

    • William Boyce QC led Philip McGhee in the prosecution of the former TV producer who hired several hitmen to murder his female partner.

    • Zoe Johnson QC led Philip McGhee in the prosecution of Viktoria Tautz, a nanny, for the manslaughter by shaking of a 10-month-old baby in her care.

    • Prosecution of fifteen defendants across five cases for offences related to the importation and supply of significant quantities of Class A drugs.

    • Prosecution of eleven defendants charged with offences related to the supply of controlled drugs, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.

    News

    • Eleanor Laws QC and Philip McGhee defend Barry Bennell in historic sex charges case

      QEBHW members Eleanor Laws QC and Philip McGhee are defending former youth soccer coach, Barry Bennell, who is on trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Having admitted seven charges of sexual abuse Bennell has pleaded not guilty to 48 others relating to conduct...

    • Trial of alleged 'grooming gang' starts in Newcastle

      Linda Strudwick is leading Philip McGhee in the defence of one of five men accused of multiple gang rapes and abuse of vulnerable girls.  Linda and Philip, barristers at QEBHW, are instructed by Andy Malik on behalf of DJMS Defence Solicitors.  The trial,...

    • Zoe Johnson QC and Philip McGhee prosecute baby shaking manslaughter

      Zoe Johnson QC and Philip McGhee successfully prosecuted Viktoria Tautz, a nanny, for the manslaughter by shaking of a 10-month-old baby in her care. The trial took place at the Central Criminal Court before Mrs Justice McGowan.Read media report here.

  • An established junior in the field of professional discipline, Philip McGhee punches above his weight, defending professionals and presenting on behalf of regulators in niche, serious and complex areas of the law; he is a go-to practitioner in the field.

    Overview

    Philip has a successful practice advising and acting for both professionals and regulators, often in complex and difficult fitness to practise proceedings. He specialises in the field of healthcare regulation (GDC, MPTS, GCC, HCPC, NMC) and in cases which engage serious issues such as probity, sexual misconduct, competence and performance. He also has experience in the financial and gaming sectors, and in industry regulation.

    Experience

    Philip represents professionals and acts for regulators, defending and presenting cases in complex fitness to practise proceedings. He has considerable experience before the healthcare and financial regulatory tribunals. 

    Philip represents doctors before the MPTS at both interim and substantive hearings, and from the early stages of a fitness to practise investigation, often where there are parallel criminal proceedings. Recent cases have included the defence of an experienced sole practitioner GP facing an allegation of deficient performance, and a young trainee doctor facing drugs-related criminal charges. Other recent defence work has included representing a chiropractor charged with exposing a patient to the risk of permanent paralysis, and defending a senior social worker charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable service user.

    Philip advises and represents the GDC across the range of fitness to practise cases. Recent work has included a dentist guilty of serious hygiene failings exposing patients to communicable disease; a dentist who dishonestly altered the records of an elderly patient in order to deflect concerns over capacity; and a dentist who practised when unregistered and who made a series of dishonest representations in respect of indemnity cover. Philip also prosecutes cases of unlawful tooth whitening for the GDC in the criminal courts.

    Beyond the healthcare sphere, Philip has advised and prosecuted on behalf of the Gambling Commission for unlicensed and illegal gaming. He has advised and represented the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in relation to misconduct proceedings. Philip has also acted for the Security Industry Authority in regulatory, licensing and criminal cases.

    Philip has extensive experience dealing with the procedural, evidential and tactical issues encountered across the spectrum of cases along the criminal-regulatory divide. In this cross-over, Philip has recently successfully acted for doctors, teachers and accountants facing serious allegations of misconduct and sexual impropriety.

    Notable Cases

    GCC v BC (2016)
    Successfully defended a chiropractor who practised from an exclusive Chelsea health club in PCC proceedings concerning allegations of dishonesty and inappropriate conduct with a patient. The charge was dismissed.

    GMC v PF (2016)
    Successful application for removal of an interim order following acquittal in criminal proceedings.

    GDC v SD (2016)
    Acted for GDC in PCC proceedings in a complex case against an expert witness for providing reports which went beyond range of reasonable expert opinion. Queen's Counsel represented the dentist.

    GDC v TN (2016)
    Acted for GDC in PCC proceedings with multiple complainants relating to wide variety of clinical issues over four years. Case involved complex expert evidence.

    GDC v CF (2015)
    Acted for GDC in PCC proceedings where the dentist faced allegations of substandard clinical care of a child patient. Queen's Counsel represented the dentist.

    GMC v TI (2014)
    Defence of a doctor who faced allegations of clinical misconduct and dishonesty in her private aesthetic practice and in her consultations with a patient who was a Gothic model. The case involved cross-examination of expert evidence and of a very difficult complainant.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline – Band 5

    Legal 500 2019: Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Tier 4

    'A very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    'A very able junior with good technical skills – he is extremely personable too.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2019)

    'He impressed me with his decisive attitude in terms of strategy and knowledge and experience of professional disciplinary proceedings. He was also keenly aware of practical considerations.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'An able junior with good technical skills. Extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'Extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2017)

    Recent Cases

    • Philip was instructed by the MDU to represent two GPs, Drs N and G, at the inquest into the death of a patient.The two doctors, both interested parties at the inquest at the South London Coroner’s Court, had treated the patient in the period before ...

    • Philip represented Dr X at an oral hearing before the Investigating Committee.The hearing was held to determine whether a warning should be issued in light of a multi-faceted allegation arising out of consultations with a patient at a sexual health clinic...

    • Acted for the GDC in PCC proceedings against a dentist in a multi-complainant (ten patient) misconduct case.

    • Acted for CIMA in proceedings before the disciplinary committee against an accountant who inadequately documented, and did not repay, a loan from a client.