Phillip was born in Kampala, Uganda. He has lived and worked in Uganda, Kenya, the United States and Great Britain; he is very effective in each of these jurisdictions.
He studied for his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Politics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee in the United States in the course of which he discovered an interest in development. He considered post-graduate studies in development and he was recommended for a scholarship to pursue its study at Vanderbilt. However, in the end, Phillip was drawn back to his preferred career in the law which he studied at the University of Leeds, England under the personal tutorship of the late Professor Brian Hogan (whom he first met whilst at Vanderbilt) before being called to the Bar in 1990 by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and later by the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn ad eundem.
In international practice, he has been able to combine his legal training with his passion for macro economics and development in the areas of international commercial and investment arbitration. In 2003 he completed a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration at the School for International Commercial Arbitration, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London under the tutelage of the Clive M Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration Professor Loukas Mistellis and Dr Julian Lew QC.
His English practice covers a wide spectrum of work, much of it with an international element, including contract and tort claims particularly claims arising out of business transactions including distribution, sale and supply of goods and services, security and asset preservation, mortgages, insurance, real property, landlord and tenant, banking and financial services.
Phillip's shared cultural values enhance his effectiveness in the geographic areas in which his work takes him. He is particularly proud of his excellent close friendships with people from every continent and of different religions.