Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Philip AhlquistCall Date: 2012

Philip has a broad litigation and advisory practice across the areas of Chambers’ expertise. In 2017, Philip was named as one of twelve ‘Stars at the Bar’ by Legal Week, which noted his ‘poise and commerciality’. Clients described him as ‘already more than a safe pair of hands, with particularly accomplished drafting skills’ and observed that Philip ensures ‘that no stone is left unturned’ in seeking the best results for clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aviation
  • Banking & finance
  • Fraud: civil
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International arbitration
  • Professional discipline
  • Professional negligence

Recent practice

Philip is currently instructed in a wide range of matters across the different areas of Chambers’ practice. Philip’s recent practice has focused particularly on banking and commercial litigation, international arbitration, civil fraud claims and professional disciplinary matters. He has experience of appearing before the High Court and the County Court, as well as the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

 

Aviation

  • Philip has extensive experience of acting for airlines in defending claims brought by passengers. Philip has particular experience of acting in matters concerning delayed and cancelled flights as well as contractual disputes arising out of airlines’ terms and conditions.
  • Philip is the co-author, with Akhil Shah QC, of a talk on consumer protection legislation in the aviation sector, focusing on the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and other recent legislation which has had a substantial effect on the sector.

 

Banking and Financial Services

  • RBS Rights Issue Litigation – Philip was instructed to act for RBS and four of its former directors in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, a substantial Group Litigation claim relating to the accuracy of the representations made in RBS’s Prospectus for its 2008 Rights Issue.
  • Philip is regularly instructed to represent major retail and investment banks in a wide variety of disputes, including mis-selling claims, in both the High Court and the County Court. Current instructions include acting as sole counsel in a long-running claim for Barclays Bank defending a claim for alleged breach of the Lending Code.
  • In 2015 Philip spent 2 months on secondment to the Financial Markets litigation department of Dentons LLP, working primarily on swaps litigation.
  • Between November 2013 and January 2014, Philip was seconded to a major bank to advise on issues arising in its review of sales of Interest Rate Hedging Products, including swap transactions.
  • In March 2014 Philip was seconded to Barclays’ Retail and Business Banking team where he worked directly with the in-house legal team on a variety of County Court and High Court disputes.
  • During pupillage, Philip assisted Adam Tolley in his work as counsel to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards in relation to mis-selling and cross-selling of products including Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).

 

Civil Fraud

  • Philip has experience of a variety of civil fraud claims, brought both in court proceedings and in international arbitrations. Philip’s experience includes matters involving freezing injunctions and other interim relief.
  • Philip was recently instructed as sole counsel in relation to a claim brought by a company against a former manager for fraudulent diversion of employees’ salaries. The claim was settled shortly before trial.

 

Commercial Litigation

Philip is regularly instructed to act in a variety of commercial disputes, both as sole counsel and as junior counsel. Recent cases have covered areas as diverse as banking litigation, international breach of trust claims and litigation arising from defective manufacturing equipment. Philip also has experience of advising on issues of conflict of laws and jurisdiction, which arise in many commercial disputes. In addition to Philip’s work in the banking and financial services and insurance sectors, Philip’s experience includes:

  • Instructed (with Derrick Dale QC) to advise in relation to a dispute concerning an indemnity offered as part of a corporate takeover transaction.
  • Instructed (with Derrick Dale QC) in High Court proceedings concerning claims for breach of contract, breach of directors’ duties and wrongful termination of a director’s appointment.
  • Instructed (with Charles Béar QC) to advise a government department in connection with a dispute with its contractors.

 

Energy

  • Philip has been instructed in a number of matters relating to the energy sector, including matters concerning the sale and distribution of energy resources.

 

Insurance

  • Philip has experience of advising clients on issues arising out of insurance policies as well as recently being instructed as junior counsel for insurers in an arbitration brought by the insured.

 

International Arbitration

Philip regularly acts in substantial arbitration claims under a range of institutional rules. Philip’s practice has covered a wide range of arbitration procedures, from preparation of detailed statements of case, discovery and disclosure disputes, applications to the Commercial Court in support of arbitrations, applications for partial awards and a wide variety of case management issues. Examples of recent cases include:

  • Philip is currently instructed (with Stephen Rubin QC) in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning enforcement of guarantees alleged to have been given in the context of extortion and corruption.
  • Philip was also instructed (led by Stephen Rubin QC and Alexander Milner) in an LCIA arbitration relating to the ownership of shares in a Russian technology company estimated to be worth more than US$3 billion
  • Philip is currently instructed in a Commercial Court arbitration claim to enforce an LCIA award.

 

Professional Regulation and Professional Negligence

  • Philip has a substantial professional regulation practice. He is regularly instructed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), and appears for the SRA before both the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the Administrative Court. Philip’s recent cases in the Administrative Court include Ellis v SRA [2016] EWHC 2836 (Admin) and Gurpinar v SRA [2016] EWHC 1549 (Admin).
  • Philip recently acted for Your Lawyers Ltd (led by Richard Coleman QC) in its recent claim for an injunction to prevent another firm from acting in group litigation proceedings in breach of a non-disclosure agreement: Harcus Sinclair Ltd and another v Your Lawyers Ltd [2017] EWHC 2900 (Ch).
  • Philip was recently instructed (led by Timothy Dutton QC) in disciplinary proceedings brought by the SRA against solicitors arising out of the Al-Sweady Inquiry.
  • Boreh v Republic of Djibouti and others [2015] EWHC 769 (Comm): Philip was instructed with Timothy Dutton QC for a firm of solicitors in relation to a wasted costs application arising out of alleged misconduct by a solicitor.
  • Philip also has experience of advising the SRA, professionals and law firms on regulatory issues.

Education

BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding)

BCL, Magdalen College, University of Oxford (Distinction)

BA (Jurisprudence), Magdalen College, University of Oxford (First Class Honours)

Prizes and Scholarships

Horace Avory BPTC Scholarship (Inner Temple), 2011-2012

Winner of the Inner Temple Lawson Mooting Competition, 2012

Law Faculty Prize for best performance in European Private Law of Contract (BCL

Finals 2011)

Slaughter and May Prize for best performance in Law of Contract (Law Finals 2010)

Winner of the Shearman and Sterling University of Oxford Mooting Championship, 2010

Scholarship (Magdalen College, University of Oxford), 2008-2010

Other experience

Philip is the author of a talk on good faith in the performance of contracts, focusing particularly on significant recent developments in the case law on this topic.

Philip is the co-author, with Akhil Shah QC, of a talk on consumer protection legislation in the aviation sector, focusing on the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and other recent legislation which has a substantial effect on the sector.

Visiting Tutor at King’s College London in 2011-2012 (teaching Law of Torts)

Advisor at Bethnal Green Legal Advice Clinic, October 2013 to September 2014

Publications

Proceedings against solicitors for negligent conduct of claims – how far should the court try the original claim? (2014) 30 Journal of Professional Negligence 158 – case comment on Raleys Solicitors v Barnaby [2014] EWCA Civ 686