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Philip Woodfield

Partner
Bristol Office

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
College Square
2 Anchor Road
Bristol
BS1 5UE
United Kingdom
Languages English

Phil Woodfield is a partner and leads our Banking Litigation Team in Bristol.

His extensive experience includes advising banks on regulatory matters of strategic importance, resolving particularly sensitive disputes and managing a growing team with a broad mix of complex and “business as usual” claims.

Recent highlights have included strategic advice on commission disclosures, “Tomlinson” allegations and organised online frauds, while managing a raft of claims relating to banking operations, misselling, professional negligence, enforcement of security and insolvency.

Phil regularly presents to clients on the latest legal developments and provides training on litigation tactics and strategy. Chambers 2015 reports that he is "engaging, smart and knows his stuff". 

He joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in the Banking department in 2009.

Sources describe him as “a real goldmine of knowledge when it comes to banking cases” and “well suited to complex claims.”

With his "excellent attention to detail," Philip Woodfield "takes the time to tailor his responses to address his clients' particular needs."

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"Clients say: "The lawyers remain cost-efficient whilst providing you with as much information as you need to make a final decision." "

Chambers

“a real goldmine of knowledge when it comes to banking cases” and “well suited to complex claims.”

Chambers, 2014

With his "excellent attention to detail," Philip Woodfield "takes the time to tailor his responses to address his clients' particular needs."

Chambers

“truly user friendly, and a very smart lawyer”

Chambers

Relevant experience

  • Complex business recoveries for major high street lenders.
  • Claims in professional negligence against surveyors, solicitors, accountants and other professionals.
  • All manner of banking operations related claims, including for example conversion, mistake, breach of mandate, constructive trust, defamation and negligent misstatement.
  • Freezing orders and effecting recoveries of the proceeds of frauds.
  • Resisting, through the higher courts, challenges to bank's standard forms, terms and conditions.
  • Mis-selling claims.
  • Commercial and insolvency disputes.
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Education

BSc (Hons), Bristol University

CPE, LPC (Distinction), The College of Law, Guildford.

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23/11/2017
Se­cur­ity for costs: Court of Ap­peal rules that avoid­able ATE in­sur­ance...
Earli­er today, the Court of Ap­peal handed down a sig­ni­fic­ant judg­ment deal­ing with the ad­equacy of stand­ard form after-the-event (“ATE”) in­sur­ance to de­feat an ap­plic­a­tion for se­cur­ity for costs. In an un­an­im­ous rul­ing, the Court of Ap­peal over­turned the High.
28/04/2017
The ex­tent of an “in­form­a­tion duty” owed by a non-ad­vising bank to...
Thomas and an­oth­er v Tri­od­os Bank NV [2017] EWHC 314 (QB) In a re­cent mis-selling case, the High Court has ex­amined the ex­tent of the duty of care which a bank owes to a fixed rate loan cus­tom­er in the course of a non-ad­vised sale.
17/01/2017
A heavy dose of As­plin J provides the per­fect ton­ic for a PAG-gravat­ing...
Prop­erty Al­li­ance Group Lim­ited v Roy­al Bank of Scot­land plc [2016] EWHC 3342 (Ch) Sum­mary On 21 Decem­ber 2016 judg­ment in Prop­erty Al­li­ance Group Lim­ited v Roy­al Bank of Scot­land plc was handed down.
22/12/2016
In­creas­ing in­terest rates in the event of a change in the fin­an­cial...
In the re­cent case of Black­wa­ter Ser­vices Ltd and oth­ers v West Brom­wich Com­mer­cial Ltd [2016] EWHC 3083 (CH), the High Court dis­missed an ap­peal brought by the group of bor­row­ers against a de­cision giv­ing sum­mary judg­ment in fa­vour of West Brom­wich Com­mer­cial.
14/12/2016
The Court of Ap­peal warns IRHP claimants not to chance a wager claim
The Court of Ap­peal re­cently handed down judg­ment in WW Prop­erty In­vest­ments Ltd v Na­tion­al West­min­ster Bank plc [2016] EW­CA Civ 1142. Not­ably, it gave de­tailed reas­ons why WW had no real pro­spect of suc­cess­fully es­tab­lish­ing that vari­ous in­terest rate hedging.
15/11/2016
The High Court con­siders wheth­er ATE in­sur­ance can de­feat an ap­plic­a­tion...
In an im­port­ant judg­ment, the High Court has tackled the ques­tion of wheth­er an im­pe­cuni­ous claimant can de­feat a de­fend­ant’s ap­plic­a­tion for se­cur­ity for costs on the basis that it has ATE in­sur­ance in place.
14/10/2016
Stu­art Bar­rie Wall v The Roy­al Bank of Scot­land plc: “A test case...
In what he re­ferred to as “something of a test case for wheth­er third party fun­ders can re­main an­onym­ous”, Mr An­drew Baker QC, sit­ting as a High Court judge, found last week that there was an in­her­ent power in CPR 25.
19/07/2016
Keep­ing on track: lender­s' rights to vary in­terest rates and track­er...
In the re­cent case of Al­ex­an­der v West Brom­wich Mort­gage Co Ltd, the Court of Ap­peal con­sidered: in­con­sist­en­cies between the terms of the mort­gage of­fer and the lender’s gen­er­al con­di­tions; and wheth­er the lender was con­trac­tu­ally en­titled to in­crease.