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Philip Woodfield


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
2 College Square
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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Representative proceedings: bifurcation tested in two claims
Representative proceedings are a potentially powerful class action mechanism in that they can operate on an “opt-out” basis and that they are available for all causes of action.  This can be contrasted...
Supreme Court decides that a victim of APP fraud cannot bring a claim against...
In a much-anticipated judgment handed down on 12 July 2023 (Philipp judgment), the Supreme Court has decided that an individual customer that makes a payment pursuant to an APP fraud cannot bring a claim...
Banking Disputes Report 2022
This report looks at dispute resolution trends in the Banking and Finance sector with a focus on activity across the English courts; key ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tions; and alternative dispute resolution...
Court of Appeal decides that, in principle, banks can be liable to an individual...
In a judgment handed down on 14 March 2022 (Philipp judgment), the Court of Appeal has decided that it is at least possible in principle that a relevant duty of care could arise in the case of a customer...
Quincecare and turning a blind eye –  high hurdles to overcome
The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment allowing a Bank’s request to strike out the majority of a claim brought against it in relation to alleged breach of the Quincecare duty and providing further...
FCA publishes ‘CP21/23: A new “Consumer Duty”’ (owed by financial services...
Consumer Principle The Consumer Principle would be an objective standard that required firms to consider the reasonable expectations of their customer base. It would set a higher standard than the existing...
FCA publishes ‘CP21/23: A new “Consumer Duty”’ (owed by financial services...
Today, the Financial Conduct Authority published ‘CP21/13: A new Consumer Duty’, its consultation on introducing a new “Consumer Duty” for financial services firms dealing with consumers. The...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...