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Philip Banks



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.


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!

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 28/08/2018
    Holiday Accident Lawyers Issue Quad Bike Warning As Woman Left Unable To Go Back To Work

    “We’ll be investigating Kane’s accident and seeking to provide him with support and access to the necessary treatment and rehabilitation to help with his recovery.”

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  • 09/07/2018
    Legal Action Launched After Girl Nearly Drowns In Lanzarote Hotel Pool Incident

    “This is a truly shocking case and, while Darcey survived, the incident has had a lasting impact on her and she will likely need access to specialist support in order to put what happened behind her. “The incident clearly raises many questions relating to pool safety and the use of water features and we are determined to help our clients gain the answers they deserve regarding whether this incident could have been avoided. “We also hope that this action will ensure that no other child – or adult for that matter – faces the same issues in the future.”

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  • 09/12/2016
    Legal Action After Barcelona Holiday Coach Crash Leaves British Woman Hospitalised

    “The crash has left Tina with very severe injuries and the couple were obviously terrified by their ordeal. “We are now investigating the cause of the crash as we seek to help support them both through their recovery. “We would like to speak with anyone else who was involved or witnessed this crash as they may be able to help with our investigations into what happened to cause the coach to crash.”

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  • 16/09/2016
    Tourists Injured In Barcelona Airport Transfer Coach Crash

    “It is very concerning to hear reports of this incident in Spain. The clear priority at this stage is ensuring that the passengers and driver injured in the crash receive the support and treatment they require to overcome any physical and psychological injuries. “It is also important that a thorough investigation is conducted by the local authorities in order to understand the cause of the accident, which was undoubtedly extremely traumatic for those involved. We hope that by investigating the incident carefully then appropriate measures, if any, can be taken to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future. “Sadly this is one of several major coach crashes to take place on the European mainland in recent years and while it remains too early to say what caused this latest crash, it is vital – where possible – that lessons are learned.”

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