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Philip Simms

Year of Call: 2015
Practice areas:
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Inquests
  • Personal Injury


Philip is a specialist personal injury, clinical negligence, and inquests practitioner.  He has a mixed court and paperwork practice. 

Philip represents claimants and defendants at all stages of personal injury and clinical negligence litigation.  In addition to representing parties at trial, interim hearings, and joint settlement meetings, Philip also accepts instructions to draft statements of case and advise.  He is frequently instructed in the early stages of litigation to assist in the preparation of a case and with the drafting of pre-action correspondence.  He is happy to undertake appropriate cases on a conditional fee basis.

Philip also accepts instructions in coronial proceedings from all properly interested persons.  He can be instructed for a standalone inquest or with a view to pending civil litigation.    

Philip’s appointment on the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel has given him a wealth of experience of litigation and inquests involving state agents. 

Prior to joining chambers, Philip worked as a county court advocate and volunteered at Action against Medical Accidents, a legal charity assisting those who have suffered injuries arising out of medical negligence.


Personal injury

Philip has developed expertise in all aspects of personal injury litigation including employers’ and public liability, Highways and Animals Act claims, road traffic accidents, and fraud.  He regularly acts in catastrophic and brain injury litigation, both with and without a leader.  As a keen rugby player, he has a special interest in sporting injury claims. 

Clinical negligence

Philip has an extensive clinical negligence practice and has represented parties at trial with contested live expert evidence.  He is adept at dealing with complex expert evidence in multiple disciplines on breach of duty, causation, and quantum be it on paper, in conference, or in court.  Whilst statements of case and schedules represent the majority of Philip’s drafting instructions, he also regularly prepares Part 35 questions and agendas for joint meetings of experts. 


Philip has experience of coronial proceedings investigating deaths in a medical setting, in custody, deaths by unlawful killing, deaths contributed to by neglect, and suspected suicides.  His experience includes inquests where the Article 2 right to life is or is arguably engaged.  Philip’s numerous previous instructions as counsel to the inquest give him unique insight into the coronial process. 

Notable Cases

Civil litigation

The Attorney General of St Helena v Thomas & Others (2017) – Instructed to represent one of the parties in an action concerning the legal recognition of same sex marriage in St Helena (led by Marc Willems QC as he then was).  The action was compromised prior to the hearing after legislation was introduced to legalise same sex marriage. 

Fitton v Ageas [2018] 11 WLUK 703 – Represented the successful defendant on an appeal concerning the applicability of the common law doctrine of mistake to the pre-action protocol for low value personal injury claims. 

Morrison v National Farmers Union (2021) – Represented the successful defendant at trial before HHJ Beech.  The defendant accepted that there had been a low velocity impact but denied that the claimant could have sustained injury.  The claimant was found to be fundamentally dishonest and ordered to pay the defendant’s costs of £9,500. 

Carter-Dean v Wakefield College (2022) – Represented the successful defendant at trial.  The claimant suffered an injury to the cervical spine in an alleged spear tackle during an amateur rugby league match between his own college’s team and the defendant’s team.  The claimant alleged that the defendant’s players were negligent and that the defendant was vicariously liable.  The judge held there was no breach of duty. 

Carr v The Ship Inn (2023) – Represented the successful claimant at a multi-track trial before HHJ Petts.  The claimant suffered injury after falling down poorly lit steps in a public house. 

C v B (2023) – Acted for the claimant at a JSM where a settlement for £221,000 was reached.  The defendant had initially offered £85,000.  The claimant had suffered serious psychiatric, respiratory, and multiple orthopaedic injuries when he was struck by the defendant motorist whilst riding his motorcycle. 

Shabir v MOJ (2024) – Represented the successful defendant at trial before HHJ Saggerson.  The claimant brought a claim valued in excess of £200,000 for orthopaedic, ophthalmic, and psychological injuries. He alleged that he had suffered injury whilst working as a prison officer at HMP Feltham when he broke up a fight in a cell involving approximately four inmates.  HHJ Saggerson dismissed the claim in its entirety, holding that the claimant had entered the cell of his own volition contrary to his training.



The Inquest touching upon the death of Jack Barnes (2021) – Instructed by HM’s Senior Coroner for Manchester Mr Nigel Meadows as junior counsel to the inquest.  Mr Barnes was pursued from Manchester Victoria Station by contractors working for the Manchester Metrolink to Spinningfields where he was restrained for approximately ten minutes before suffering a cardiac arrest.  He later died in hospital.  The inquest resulted in a conclusion of unlawful killing.

The Inquest touching upon the death of Harry Sykes (2022) – Instructed by HM’s Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire Mr Martin Fleming as counsel to the inquest.  Harry died whilst on a rugby tour in France when he was inadequately supervised. 

The Inquest touching upon the death of Paul Stewart (2022) – Appeared on behalf of the family before HM's Senior Coroner for North Manchester Ms Joanne Kearsley.  During an altercation Mr Stewart was punched in the face by Mr Garrick, fell backwards, and struck his head on the ground thereby suffering a traumatic brain injury from which he later passed away.  Ms Kearsley did not accept Mr Garrick's evidence as a 'full and reliable account of what took place'.  Accordingly she rejected his account of having acted in self-defence and held there was 'no sufficient evidential basis upon which [she] could safely reach' the conclusion of lawful killing.  Ms Kearsley went on to record an open conclusion.

The Inquest touching upon the death of Katelyn Dawson (2024) – Instructed by HM’s Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire Mr Martin Fleming as counsel to the inquest.  Katelyn was hit by a car whilst waiting for a bus to school and tragically passed away in hospital later the same day.  After a police investigation, the thoroughness of which was contested by Katelyn's family, the Crown Prosecution Service declined to prosecute the driver.  The inquest was heard over seven days.  Evidence was heard from several eyewitnesses, treating physicians, accident reconstruction experts, a Consultant Neurologist, and a Consultant Respiratory Physician.  Mr Fleming concluded that it was more likely than not that the driver suffered a temporary loss of consciousness as a result of a vasovagal syncope whilst at the wheel and so could not have avoided the collision.

The Inquest touching upon the death of Shafaq Khan (2024) – Appeared on behalf of the MOJ before HM’s Senior Coroner for West Manchester Mr Timothy Brennand.  Mr Khan was an inmate at HMP Hindley when he was taken ill.  He later died in hospital.  It was suggested by one of the witnesses that prison officers had failed to act upon being informed of Mr Khan’s deteriorating condition.  After hearing the evidence Mr Brennand described the witness in question as an unimpressive witness and stated he did not accept that custody staff would have deliberately ignored concern of an acute medical event if it had been reported.  Mr Brennand gave a non-critical narrative conclusion. 




  • Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel).


  • 2015   Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn

  • 2015   Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn


  • 2010 – 2013   BA (Hons) History, University of Southampton, First

  • 2013 – 2014   GDL, City Law School, Commendation

  • 2014 – 2015   BPTC, City Law School, Outstanding


  • Northern Circuit

  • PIBA

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In his spare time Philip enjoys rugby union and scuba diving.

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