I head a team within Irwin Mitchell's International Travel Litigation Group.
I act for clients who have been injured in accidents whilst they are travelling or working abroad or for foreign nationals who have accidents in the UK. Many of the clients who I have acted for have sustained serious and, in some case, life altering injuries in all kinds of accidents, including coach crashes, other road traffic accidents, accidents at hotels and accidents at work.
I also act for groups of clients who sustain illness abroad following holidays at hotels or onboard cruise ships. These cases can involve salmonella, e-coli, cryptosporidium and campylobacter infection as well as other serious conditions, including Legionnaires Disease. I have acted for groups of up to 1000 clients who have contracted illness at hotels abroad.
"Go-getter attitude" and "encyclopaedic knowledge of the area." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Calm, very knowledgeable and fearless’ - Legal 500, 2018/19
Interviewees note that he has massive experience and is brilliant with clients. - Chambers & Partners, 2018
An "experienced, measured and calm solicitor who is never rattled." – Chambers & Partners, 2017
A "very experience cross-border litigator" who has a "calm and wise head, even in the most complex cases" - Legal 500, 2017
"The thing that sums him up most is that, even with very aggressive opponents, he maintains a complete calm under fire." – Chambers & Partners 2014
Is "seldom shaken, never stirred" – Legal 500 2016
"calm, unflappable and excellent with clients" – Legal 500 2014
Philip Banks is "thorough and timely." – Legal 500 2013
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I became a personal injury lawyer as I wanted to fight on behalf of those injured and help them take actions against large corporations and insurance companies to put their lives back together.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
The most rewarding part of my role is definitely working together with an injured client to try and achieve the best results possible for them to put their lives back on track.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I very much value the support and expertise that is available from an exceptional group of lawyers who work extremely hard to achieve outstanding results for clients.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I love most sports, particularly football, cricket and rugby. I like to read widely and listen to a whole range of music. I also very much like to travel, having been lucky enough to spend long periods abroad.
At the moment my activities have been curtailed by my young family but I wouldn't have it any other way!