Phil is a native-born Tasmanian, and took his law degree at the University of Tasmania. He commenced practice with Butler McIntyre and Butler in 1979.
He practises predominantly in property, commercial, trusts and companies, security preparation and enforcement, liquor licensing, insolvency, leases, wills and estate.
Phil has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court, Federal Court and a number of tribunals.
He works closely with clients endeavouring to develop their skills so they can achieve independent control over their own affairs for the better and more efficient running of their own business and family affairs.
Phil held the position of chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board for 19 years, and is well versed in inter-governmental and party/government/tribunal submissions, applications, and decision making. He is thus well placed to advise business people in the hospitality and entertainment sector of the economy, and individuals in regard to applications before tribunals and courts.
Phil lectured for many years with the post graduate course conducted by the University of Tasmania in commercial and company law until 2016. He is chairman of the Tasmanian Rugby Union Judiciary, has been an amateur rugby player. His passions are the Australian/Tasmanian bush, music including oratorio and opera, Australian and South American literature, and sailing.