Philip Godfrey

Call: 2010
Philip Godfrey

Philip studied Law at the University of Nottingham where he graduated with an Upper Second Class Degree in 2009.

At University, he was awarded the Law Graduates’ Association Moot Prize. He undertook his Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School where he was graded “Very Competent”.

Prior to joining Chambers, in July 2011 Philip spent three months working for the International Arbitration team at a leading international law firm in Paris.

Away from the Bar, Philip’s interests include travel, theatre, real ale and spending time with family and friends.


Philip specialises in cases of industrial disease involving noise-induced deafness, vibration, industrial asthma and exposure to harmful dusts and asbestos.

He is regularly instructed on Multi Track trials, limitation hearings, appeals, show cause proceedings in the Queen’s Bench Division and interim hearings. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants.

He has acted for clients at Inquests and is regularly instructed to settle pleadings and to draft applications.

Recent cases of note include acting as junior counsel in the Supreme Court case of McDonald v National Grid Electricity Transmission PLC [2015] A.C. 1128 relating to the interpretation of the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931; a successful appeal against a Judge’s finding on date of knowledge following a preliminary limitation trial in a noise-induced hearing loss case; junior counsel to Patrick Limb QC in a successful conjoined appeal to HHJ Robinson at the Sheffield County Court on the circumstances in which a Defendant would be granted permission to rely upon its own medical evidence in noise-induced hearing loss cases on the Fast Track; instructed to act for the Defendant on a £300,000 HAVS trial and an repetitive strain injury trial with contested expert medical evidence.

Clinical Negligence

Philip acts for Claimants and Defendants in clinical negligence and care cases, including representation at Inquest and at the advisory stage.

He has particular experience of cases involving negligent development of pressure sores, surgical negligence (in particular orthopaedic and obstetric cases), cases relating to the delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome, hip conditions, cysts and cancer, failures to obtain informed consent and cases relating to errors in the prescription and administration of medicine.

He has recently acted in cases of failure to supervise patients at risk of falling and those involving obstetric complications in pregnancy and delivery.

He has considerable experience in drafting schedules and counter-schedules of loss, including cases valued up to £1,000,000. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants in cases related to both primary and secondary care.

Personal Injury

Philip has extensive experience of trial advocacy and interim hearings, incorporating the full range of personal injury litigation.

His practice focuses on employers’ liability cases, public liability cases and highways cases. He has particular expertise in cases involving defective premises.

Philip has a wide-ranging paperwork practice, advising both Claimants and Defendants, as well as settling Court proceedings. He regularly advises on liability, quantum and issues of medical causation.

Recent cases include acting as counsel for the Respondent in the case of Lafferty v Newark and Sherwood DC [2016] H.L.R. 13, in which the High Court considered the proper interpretation of s.4(4) of the Defective Premises Act 1972; successfully representing the Claimant at a trial on the liability of a water utility company for a defective drain cover that it owned located on third party private land; representing the Claimant on the application of QOWCS to a Tomlin Order and representing a Defendant in a road traffic accident at trial and securing a finding of fundamental dishonesty.

Philip is a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association. He regularly gives talks and mock trials for professional clients.

Animals & Equine

Philip has experience of cases involving the Animals Act 1971, in particular cases involving horses and dangerous dogs.


Philip’s coronial practice includes deaths arising from industrial accidents, cases of suspected medical negligence and those involving industrial disease.


Philip regularly acts in cases arising from road traffic accidents, including credit hire disputes, counter-fraud cases and quantum disputes.

Professional Negligence

Philip’s experience involves cases relating to the professional negligence of accountants, solicitors and medical professionals.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Philip’s commercial practice incorporates issues of contractual disputes, professional negligence, property disputes and insolvency. He has experience of trials in a range of commercial cases as well as regularly representing parties at interim hearings. He frequently advises and drafts proceedings in commercial and chancery matters.

He has also represented parties in commercial mediations involving commercial disputes and professional negligence.


  • Personal Injuries Bar Association


  • LLB, University of Nottingham

Notable Cases

  • Lafferty v Newark and Sherwood DC [2016] H.L.R. 13
  • McDonald v Department for Communities and Local Government [2015] A.C. 1128

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