Year of call: 1994 (Hong Kong), 1977 (ACT, Australia)

Phillip has been a Hong Kong barrister in practice since 1994.  He specialises in public law, criminal, licensing and judicial review cases at both trial and appellate level, including at the Court of Final Appeal.

From 1989 till 1994, Phillip was working in the Hong Kong Department of Justice within the Law Reform Commission, the Legal Policy Division, and as Prosecutor.  Prior to that he was working between 1982 – 1989 as Legal Adviser to Australian Parliamentary Members, and within the General Counsel Division of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department as Legal Adviser giving legal advice on treaty, statutory and constitutional interpretation.  During this time he was also a member and legal adviser to various Australian delegations involved in treaty negotiations.

Legal Qualifications:

LLM, University of Queensland
LLB M Int L, Australian National University

Academic Qualifications:

BSc, University of Queensland
BEd, University of Queensland


2012 - present, Member, Law Reform Commission, Review of Sexual Offences Sub-Committee
1994, Founding Member, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor

Languages spoken:


Cases involved in:

HKSAR v Nguyen Anh Nga [2012] 2 HKLRD 938 (CA)
Prejudicial handouts to a jury

HKSAR v Chan Ka Man CACC 476/2003
Directions to hung juries

Pasa Danaville Dizon v HKSAR (2009) 12 HKCFAR 960
Appeal against bail

Mohammad Mahabobur Rahman v HKSAR (2010) 13 HKCFAR 20
Test for adducing new evidence

Raza v Chief Executive in Council CACV 218/2005

Raza v Chief Executive in Council [2005] 3 HKLRD 561
Constitutionality of a training levy on employers of foreign domestic helpers

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