Litigation is at the core of our practice. Our team of barristers and solicitors have over 25 years experience dealing with a wide range of disputes including high level commercial litigation, Constitutional matters and actions against various Governmental, financial and banking institutions.
Phillips is an established and expanding firm specialising in acting for local and international clients in litigation in Gibraltar. We comprise ten members of the Gibraltar, English, Spanish and French Bars.
The law of Gibraltar is based on and similar to English Law, but is adapted to the circumstances of Gibraltar. We have a fused legal profession and all lawyers at Phillips work as solicitors and advocates.
Litigation is conducted in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, whose practice and procedure are derived from the Senior Courts Act and the Civil Procedural Rules in England and Wales. Although there are some small differences, litigators from England and Wales will find the substantive law by the applicable procedure familiar, and in most uses identical in effect if not in form.
A considerable amount of the litigation in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar arises from matters that have a connection with Gibraltar because of its status as a growing International Finance Centre.
We seek to ensure the independence of our firm. We advise on and if necessary conduct litigation for private and business clients.
We do not act for the Government of Gibraltar, and, whilst we do act for institutional clients, such as banks and insurance companies, we reserve the right to act against that client in unrelated cases.
Co-operation between lawyers on opposing sides is fundamental to effective dispute resolution for clients in any jurisdiction but in Gibraltar it is indispensable. Our professional colleagues respect our independence and we enjoy a relationship of the highest trust and confidence with all the good litigators in Gibraltar.
Phillips act for clients from the entire spectrum of the Gibraltar community.
In Gibraltar, publicly funded Legal Assistance is available only to persons of negligible means and many ordinary people are unable to afford lawyers. We are committed to providing meritorious litigants with access to the Courts. We are experienced in undertaking 'no-win – no fee' cases and the obtaining of after the event insurance ("ATE"). Gibraltar legislation continues to provide for the recovery of ATE premiums by successful litigants of.
For all clients, we approach litigation with a view to the client ultimately enjoying the fruits of success. We can do this because we conduct litigation efficiently and cost-effectively, with all or most of our costs being recovered from the opposing party.
Our robust approach to all areas of litigation often leads to our clients obtaining early dispute resolution on favourable terms.