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Philip Woodfield

Bristol Office

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
College Square
2 Anchor Road
United Kingdom
Languages English

Phil is a partner and leads our Finance Disputes 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 organised online frauds, commission disclosures and “Tomlinson” allegations, while managing a raft of claims relating to banking operations, fraud recoveries, mis-selling, 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.

Phil is delighted to have been recognised with a band 1 ranking in Chambers 2018.

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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." "


“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."


“truly user friendly, and a very smart lawyer”


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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  • BSc (Hons), Bristol University
  • CPE, LPC (Distinction), The College of Law, Guildford.
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08 February 2021
Up­com­ing FCA Con­sulta­tion: A duty of care and po­ten­tial al­tern­at­ive ap­proaches
This Spring, the Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (FCA) is due to con­sult on pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce an ex­tens­ive duty of care owed by fin­an­cial ser­vices pro­viders to con­sumers.[1] This con­sulta­tion will mark...
27 October 2020
Bank’s Quince­care duty and dis­hon­est as­sist­ance
The Eng­lish High Court has re­cently handed down an im­port­ant judg­ment in re­la­tion to the Quince­care duty and dis­hon­est as­sist­ance. In a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing the Court con­sidered an ap­plic­a­tion by the de­fend­ant...
20 May 2020
Pos­ses­sion Pro­ceed­ings dur­ing COV­ID: PD51Z stay only to be lif­ted in ex­cep­tion­al...
Prac­tice Dir­ec­tion 51Z came in­to ef­fect on 27 March 2020 and im­posed a blanket stay of 90 days on all pos­ses­sion pro­ceed­ings brought un­der Part 55 of the Civil Pro­ced­ure Rules (ex­clud­ing claims for in­junct­ive...
15 April 2020
Mar­gin calls: the pit­falls to avoid
In­tro­duc­tion The COV­ID-19 crisis and in­duced lock­down meas­ures taken by nu­mer­ous gov­ern­ments are start­ing to have a sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact on the glob­al eco­nomy.  The full eco­nom­ic ef­fects will only be known...
31 October 2019
Su­preme Court un­an­im­ously dis­misses ap­peal in Sin­gu­lar­is v Daiwa
In a lead­ing case on a fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tion’s Quince­care duty of care to its cus­tom­er, the Su­preme Court has dis­missed Daiwa’s ap­peal in Sin­gu­lar­is Hold­ings Lim­ited (in li­quid­a­tion) v Daiwa Cap­it­al...
18 October 2019
Court of Ap­peal up­holds first in­stance de­cision on ex­clud­ing the Quince­care...
Earli­er this month, on 8 Oc­to­ber 2019, the Court of Ap­peal (Lord Justice Baker, Lady Justice Rose and Sir Bern­ard Rix) un­an­im­ously up­held the first in­stance de­cision of Pro­fess­or An­drew Bur­rows QC in...
14 May 2019
The Con­tin­gent Re­im­burse­ment Mod­el Code for APP scams, ef­fect­ive 28 May...
Read­ers will re­call that The Au­thor­ised Push Pay­ment (“APP”) Scams Steer­ing Group has agreed a Con­tin­gent Re­im­burse­ment Mod­el Code for APP scams (“Code”) which aims to pro­tect cus­tom­ers and re­duce...
23 April 2019
FCA Feed­back State­ment (FS19/2) re: duty of care – cla­ri­fy­ing and strength­en­ing...
The FCA has today pub­lished FS19/2: ‘A duty of care and po­ten­tial al­tern­at­ive ap­proaches: sum­mary of re­sponses and next steps’ (link). Read­ers will re­call that in Ju­ly 2018, the FCA pub­lished Dis­cus­sion...
12 April 2019
Bankers’ du­ties and sus­pi­cious pay­ments - ex­clud­ing the Quince­care duty...
The re­cent case of Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ni­ger­ia v JP Mor­gan Chase Bank, NA [2019] EWHC 347 (Comm) provides a valu­able re­mind­er to banks of their Quince­care duty and, moreover, a help­ful dis­cus­sion of some...
21 March 2019
CMS Fin­an­cial In­sti­tu­tions Op­er­a­tion­al Re­si­li­ence Re­port
In Ju­ly 2018, the Bank of Eng­land, the FCA and the PRA re­leased a Dis­cus­sion Pa­per (DP 18/4): “Build­ing the UK fin­an­cial sec­tor’s op­er­a­tion­al re­si­li­ence” re­quest­ing feed­back by 5 Oc­to­ber 2018...
19 December 2018
FCA in­tro­duces new rules on com­plaints about Au­thor­ised Push Pay­ment fraud
On 14 Decem­ber 2018, the Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (“FCA”) pub­lished new rules al­low­ing vic­tims of Au­thor­ised Push Pay­ment (“APP”) fraud to com­plain to the pay­ment ser­vices pro­vider (“PSP”)...
04 December 2018
UK banks re­spond to the Walk­er Re­view
On Fri­day 30 Novem­ber 2018, UK Fin­ance pub­lished its re­sponse to the Walk­er Re­view in­to the com­plaints and ADR land­scape for the UK’s SME mar­ket. The Walk­er Re­view fo­cused on dis­putes between pro­viders...