• An accomplished advocate with an established and thriving practice in general crime, financial crime and regulatory work, he is a highly-skilled practitioner who is as personable as he is brilliant. Philip McGhee was appointed as Treasury Counsel Monitoree in 2021.

    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 among 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 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 2022: Crime – Band 3; Professional Discipline – Band 4

    Legal 500 2022: Crime – Tier 2; Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Tier 4

    'A joy to work with and a barrister who will cover every base. He has excellent judgement.' Chambers UK Crime (2022)

    'Very bright, incredibly amiable and easy to work with. An impressive advocate." "He is bright, fair and effective, and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2022)

    'Philip's keen strength is his tactical approach to cases. He gets immersed in the issues, whilst factoring in the client's aims, and finds a way through.' Legal 500 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory (2022)

    'A delightful advocate who is very hard-working, highly committed and quite charming in front of the jury.' 'One of the most polished juniors around.' Chambers UK Crime (2021)

    'A very safe pair of hands.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2021)

    'Philip is incredibly gifted as an advocate, with a calming and effective client manner and a first-rate legal brain. From a solicitor's perspective Philip is a delight to deal with - personable, analytical, responsive and efficient.' Legal 500 Crime (2021)

    'Phil is a very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline (2021)

    ‘A fantastic all-rounder – he’s very good with clients, very impressive in court and his attention to detail is brilliant.’ ‘An excellent advocate with a relaxed manner which is engaging and accessible for both clients and the court.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘A very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.’ ‘Very bright and user-friendly.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2020)

    ‘A charismatic, robust and intellectual advocate.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline (2020)

    ‘An exceptional advocate who always commands the confidence of the court.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘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 General Crime Level 4
    • CPS Specialist Panels Serious Crime and Counter Terrorism Level 4
    • Accredited Advocacy Trainer, Gray's Inn

    Professional Memberships

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

    Recent Cases

    • Philip acted for the GDC in fitness to practise proceedings against a dentist found guilty of misconduct after it was alleged she had provided inadequate care to five patients and had communicated inappropriately with another patient. Philip was instructe...

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    • Philip was instructed to defend an employee of a large multinational corporation charged with diverted tax fraud. 

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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute the mother of a two year-old child and her partner for serious cruelty. The defendants were indicted with causing or allowing serious harm to a child after the child was burned on multiple occasions. 

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    • Philip was instructed by the MDU to represent a surgeon in fitness to practise proceedings after a patient alleged her clothing had been forcefully removed during an examination. 

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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man for attempted murder after he stabbed another man in the chest and neck during a street altercation. 

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    • Philip was instructed to defend a man accused of fraudulently obtaining hotel accommodation after the fire at Grenfell Tower. 

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    • Philip was instructed privately to defend a superintendent radiographer who faced criminal allegations of fraud and a fitness to practise investigation following the discovery of anomalies in timesheets and in remuneration claims submitted to his employer...

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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man who tried to purchase hand grenades in order to use them against police. 

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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a stalker who sent a series of sexually charged letters to a Hollywood actor. 

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    • Philip acted for the GDC in fitness to practise proceedings in a deficient performance case against an orthodontist arising out of the treatment of 29 child patients.  

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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man after an arsenal of loaded prohibited firearms and ammunition was discovered at his address along with multi-kilogram quantities of Class A controlled drugs. 

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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man for a series of stalking and malicious communications offences after he sent emails to a variety of public figures and MPs. 

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    • Philip McGhee prosecuted three men for assault and affray arising out of a violent and homophobically-motivated attack on the Guardian journalist and campaigner, Owen Jones. 

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    • Philip was instructed to defend a man in High Court contempt proceedings after he had free-climbed The Shard in breach of a civil injuction. 

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    • Philip was instructed (led by Clare 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 in...

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    • Philip was instructed to defend (led by Eleanor Laws QC) a man accused of controlling and coercive behaviour towards his wife. 

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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute (led by Sally O'Neill QC) seven men charged with murder, manslaughter and violent disorder after a man was stabbed to death in a North London park. 

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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 was instructed to prosecute (led by Edward Brown QC) a man for murder after he shot another man in the head with a sawn-off shotgun at point-blank range outside a takeaway in Fulham.

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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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    • Philip was instructed to defend a disbarred barrister accused of unlawfully providing legal advice to immigration detainees. 

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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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    • Philip was instructed to prosecute (led by William Harbage QC) a man for murder after he stabbed another man to death in the

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

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

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    News

    • Philip McGhee Appointed as Treasury Counsel Monitoree

      We are very pleased to announce that Philip McGhee has been appointed as Treasury Counsel Monitoree.As Monitoree he joins current QEB Hollis Whiteman Treasury Counsel,Julian Evans, Jocelyn Ledward and ...

    • 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 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 among 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 fraud and money laundering cases. Philip was instructed as junior counsel to defend in the first Euribor benchmark interest rate-fixing case, prosecuted by the SFO, and is currently instructed to defend an employee of a multinational corporation charged with diverted tax profit fraud. 

    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 an array of matters. 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

    R v CB (2019)
    Philip was instructed (led by Clare 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)
    Philip was 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)
    Philip was instructed to prosecute a man and woman for money laundering in relation to large sums of cash found at their home.

    Reviews 

    'A joy to work with and a barrister who will cover every base. He has excellent judgement.' Chambers UK (2022)

    'A delightful advocate who is very hard-working, highly committed and quite charming in front of the jury.' 'One of the most polished juniors around.' Chambers UK (2021)

    'Philip is incredibly gifted as an advocate, with a calming and effective client manner and a first-rate legal brain. From a solicitor's perspective Philip is a delight to deal with - personable, analytical, responsive and efficient.' Legal 500 (2021)

    ‘A very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.’ ‘Very bright and user-friendly.’ Chambers UK (2020)

    ‘An exceptional advocate who always commands the confidence of the court.’ Legal 500 (2020)

    ‘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 to defend an employee of a large multinational corporation charged with diverted tax fraud. 

    • Philip was instructed (led by Clare 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 in...

    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.

    Philip McGhee was appointed as Treasury Counsel Monitoree in 2021.

    Experience 

    Philip has a thriving prosecution and defence practice across the spectrum of criminal work. He prosecutes and defends, alone and as a leading and 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 across cases of all types dealing with witnesses or clients who 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 gang of men for a knifepoint murder in a North London Park, the prosecution of two parents for serious child cruelty (branding and scalding), and the prosecution of a man who attempted to source hand grenades to use against the police. Philip has also recently prosecuted cases against the stalker of a Hollywood actor and against a man for a violent homophobic attack on a well-known journalist.

    Philip's recent defence cases have included representing (led by Eleanor Laws QC) former football coach Barry Bennell who was charged across two cases with multiple child sex offences and who was described by the judge as “the Devil incarnate”. Philip also acted for a City lawyer charged with child pornography and drugs offences, and has defended a City executive accused of coercive and controlling behaviour towards 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 acted for doctors, teachers and accountants facing serious allegations of misconduct and sexual impropriety. 

    Philip practised for two years as an attorney (combining the roles of solicitor and barrister) in the Cayman Islands where he represented clients across the full range of criminal cases at first instance and appellate level.

    Notable Cases

    R v Bennell (2018)
    Philip was instructed to defend (led by Eleanor Laws QC) former youth football coach, Barry Bennell, described by the sentencing judge as 'the Devil incarnate', who systematically sexually abused boys in his care in the 1970s and 1980s in what the prosecution referred to as a 'mega-campaign' of abuse. 
     
    R v OH (2018)
    Philip was instructed to prosecute (led by Edward Brown QC) a man for murder after he shot another man in the head with a sawn-off shotgun at point-blank range outside a takeaway in Fulham.
     
    R v PO (2017)
    Philip was instructed to prosecute (led by William Harbage QC) a man for murder after he stabbed another man to death in the street in Peckham. 
     

    R v HM (2017)
    Linda Strudwick led Philip McGhee in the defence of one of five men accused of non-recent grooming and sexual abuse of vulnerable girls.

    R v MW (2017)
    Philip was instructed to defend a disbarred barrister accused of unlawfully providing legal advice to immigration detainees. 
     

    R v DH (2017)
    William Boyce QC led Philip McGhee in the prosecution of a former TV producer who hired several hitmen to murder his female partner.

    R v VT (2017)
    Zoe Johnson QC led Philip McGhee in the prosecution of a nanny for the manslaughter by shaking of a 10-month old baby in her care. 

    R v BT (2016)
    Philip was instructed privately to defend a vulnerable elderly woman accused of racially motivated assaults and public order offences at a Knightsbridge hotel.

    R v EB (2015)
    Philip was instructed privately to defend 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)
    Philip was instructed privately to defend a young man accused of exposure while sitting in a car and hiding his face behind a giant cookie.

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

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2022: Crime – Band 3

    Legal 500 2022: Crime – Tier 2

    'A joy to work with and a barrister who will cover every base. He has excellent judgement.' Chambers UK Crime (2022)

    'A delightful advocate who is very hard-working, highly committed and quite charming in front of the jury.' 'One of the most polished juniors around.' Chambers UK Crime (2021)

    'Philip is incredibly gifted as an advocate, with a calming and effective client manner and a first-rate legal brain. From a solicitor's perspective Philip is a delight to deal with - personable, analytical, responsive and efficient.' Legal 500 Crime (2021)

    ‘A fantastic all-rounder – he’s very good with clients, very impressive in court and his attention to detail is brilliant.’ ‘An excellent advocate with a relaxed manner which is engaging and accessible for both clients and the court.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘An exceptional advocate who always commands the confidence of the court.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘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

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute the mother of a two year-old child and her partner for serious cruelty. The defendants were indicted with causing or allowing serious harm to a child after the child was burned on multiple occasions. 

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man for attempted murder after he stabbed another man in the chest and neck during a street altercation. 

    • Philip was instructed to defend a man accused of fraudulently obtaining hotel accommodation after the fire at Grenfell Tower. 

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man who tried to purchase hand grenades in order to use them against police. 

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a stalker who sent a series of sexually charged letters to a Hollywood actor. 

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man after an arsenal of loaded prohibited firearms and ammunition was discovered at his address along with multi-kilogram quantities of Class A controlled drugs. 

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute a man for a series of stalking and malicious communications offences after he sent emails to a variety of public figures and MPs. 

    • Philip McGhee prosecuted three men for assault and affray arising out of a violent and homophobically-motivated attack on the Guardian journalist and campaigner, Owen Jones. 

    • Philip was instructed to defend a man in High Court contempt proceedings after he had free-climbed The Shard in breach of a civil injuction. 

    • Philip was instructed to defend (led by Eleanor Laws QC) a man accused of controlling and coercive behaviour towards his wife. 

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute (led by Sally O'Neill QC) seven men charged with murder, manslaughter and violent disorder after a man was stabbed to death in a North London park. 

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute (led by Edward Brown QC) a man for murder after he shot another man in the head with a sawn-off shotgun at point-blank range outside a takeaway in Fulham.

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

    • Philip was instructed to defend a disbarred barrister accused of unlawfully providing legal advice to immigration detainees. 

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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.   

    • Philip was instructed to prosecute (led by William Harbage QC) a man for murder after he stabbed another man to death in the

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

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

    News

    • Philip McGhee Appointed as Treasury Counsel Monitoree

      We are very pleased to announce that Philip McGhee has been appointed as Treasury Counsel Monitoree.As Monitoree he joins current QEB Hollis Whiteman Treasury Counsel,Julian Evans, Jocelyn Ledward and Read more

    • 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 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. Philip has recently defended a consultant surgeon accused of conducting an inappropriate intimate examination, a consultant facing allegations of inappropriate prescribing of drugs outside licensed indications, and a doctor accused of the sexual assault of a patient. Other healthcare defence work has included representing a radiographer accused of dishonesty, a chiropractor charged with exposing a patient to the risk of permanent paralysis, and a senior social worker charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable service user.

    Philip also advises and represents the GDC across the range of fitness to practise cases. Recent work has included an orthodontist who faced allegations of deficient performance, a dentist guilty of serious hygiene failings exposing patients to communicable disease, and a dentist who dishonestly altered the records of an elderly patient in order to deflect concerns over capacity. 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

    GMC v PF (2018)
    Philip was instructed to defend a doctor who faced an allegation of carrying out an inappropriate prostatic massage on a patient.
     
    Inquest into the death of H (2018)
    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 his admission to hospital where he later died.  
     
    HCPC v NF (2017)
    Philip was instructed to defend a social worker who faced fitness to practise proceedings in light of an allegation of an inappropriate relationship with a service user. 
     

    GCC v BC (2016)
    Philip was instructed to defend a chiropractor who practised from an exclusive Chelsea health club in fitness to practise proceedings concerning allegations of dishonesty and inappropriate conduct with a patient. The charge was dismissed.

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

    GDC v TN (2016)
    Philip acted for the GDC in fitness to practise proceedings involving multiple complainants and allegations of a wide variety of clinical failings over a period of four years. The case involved complex expert evidence.

    GDC v CF (2015)
    Philip acted for the GDC in fitness to practise proceedings where the dentist faced allegations of substandard clinical care of a child patient. Queen's Counsel represented the dentist.

    GMC v TI (2014)
    Philip was instructed privately to defend 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. 

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2022: Professional Discipline – Band 4

    Legal 500 2022: Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Tier 4

    'Very bright, incredibly amiable and easy to work with. An impressive advocate." "He is bright, fair and effective, and a pleasure to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2022)

    'Philip's keen strength is his tactical approach to cases. He gets immersed in the issues, whilst factoring in the client's aims, and finds a way through.' Legal 500 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory (2022)

    'A very safe pair of hands.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2021)

    'Phil is a very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline (2021)

    ‘A very able junior with good technical skills. He is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with.’ ‘Very bright and user-friendly.’ Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2020)

    ‘A charismatic, robust and intellectual advocate.’ Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2020)

    ‘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 acted for the GDC in fitness to practise proceedings against a dentist found guilty of misconduct after it was alleged she had provided inadequate care to five patients and had communicated inappropriately with another patient. Philip was instructe...

    • Philip was instructed by the MDU to represent a surgeon in fitness to practise proceedings after a patient alleged her clothing had been forcefully removed during an examination. 

    • Philip was instructed privately to defend a superintendent radiographer who faced criminal allegations of fraud and a fitness to practise investigation following the discovery of anomalies in timesheets and in remuneration claims submitted to his employer...

    • Philip acted for the GDC in fitness to practise proceedings in a deficient performance case against an orthodontist arising out of the treatment of 29 child patients.  

    • 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 ...