Philip Clemo

Philip Clemo
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Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 01244 323 070

Year of call: 2007

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Philip was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 2007 having previously received a BVC Exhibition Award by the Inn. He practises in all areas of criminal and regulatory law and also covers all areas of sports disciplinary work.

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • British Association for Sport and Law

Appointments

  • CPS Advocate Panel Category 3 prosecutor
  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Expertise

  • Crime

    Philip enjoys a busy Crown Court practice both prosecuting and defending in a wide variety of criminal matters. He has extensive experience of defending in large multi-handed cases involving drugs, sex, burglary and fraud and is used to dealing with cases with large amounts of detailed evidence. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal for both the prosecution and defence.

    Philip has experience in representing vulnerable clients in a compassionate but professional manner. He does not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to dealing with clients and always looks to tailor his approach to the needs of the individual involved. He is experienced in cross examining young and vulnerable witnesses.

    Philip is accredited by the Bar Council to undertake direct public access work and has accepted instructions on this basis.

    R v Maish [OPERATION SMITTEN] (2017)

    Currently representing a defendant accused of substantial involvement in a multi-million pound VAT fraud.

    R v Gallear (2017)

    Junior counsel for a defendant who was accused of murdering his wife and who had confessed to having killed her.

    R v Berry [OPERATION LENTEN] (2017)

    Represented a defendant accused of rape as part of a large investigation into the alleged sexual exploitation of teenage girls by members of the travelling community in the North Wales and Cheshire area. Defendant was acquitted.

    R v Mahon (2017)

    Represented a defendant who was accused of being involved in conspiracies to both burgle houses and steal cars. There was extensive and detailed cell siting evidence. Numerous and repeated disclosure applications were made. Defendant was acquitted.

    R v Johnson (2017)

    Represented a rugby league player accused of s.20 assault after he was seen on CCTV walking up to a man outside a night club and knocking him unconscious. Defendant acquitted by a majority at his retrial.

    R v Cassidy (2016)

    Represented a defendant who was not fit to plead in a trial of whether he committed the act in a burglary (in which the elderly occupant of the home was in and restrained during the burglary) and an aggravated vehicle taking. Client was acquitted of the burglary but found to have driven the car. Ensured that the client received an absolute discharge.

    R v Berry [OPERATION ANALOGUE] (2016)

    Represented a defendant who was substantially involved in a large, professional conspiracy to burgle which was valued in the region of £150,000 and involved many hours of covert surveillance evidence. Upon guilty plea ensured that the client, who had been on a qualifying curfew, received a sentence of only two years imprisonment.

    R v Stanway (2016)

    Rape case where the complainant had died post charge. Examined thousands of pages of unused material and drafted a skeleton argument and formal admissions, based both on that information and the facts of the case in general, which led to the Crown’s hearsay application being refused and no evidence offered on the counts of rape.

    R v Coupland (2016)

    Ensured the acquittal of a defendant charged with four counts of rape and one count of attempted rape against two different complainants.

    R v Smith and Ors (2015)

    Secured an acquittal for a client who had learning difficulties and required an intermediary in a case involving imitation firearms and several alleged assaults.

    R v Farrell (2015)

    Secured an acquittal on four counts of rape.

    R v Dorr (2015)

    Court of Appeal - reduction in sentence for a defendant who had incited a girl to engage in sexual activity on the internet.

    R v Parry [OPERATION MEASURE] (2015)

    Defended client charged with one class A and two class B drug conspiracies. Plea accepted to one being concerned in supply of class B on limited basis securing a non-custodial sentence.

    OPERATION SIFT (2014)

    Represented several defendants charged with conspiracies to supply class A drugs.

    R v Edge (2014)

    Firearms case - ensured fundamental amendment of the indictment which led to defendant getting a suspended sentence.

    R v Omar and Ors (2014)

    Prosecuted a conspiracy to supply class A drugs - all defendants convicted.

    R v Pritchard (2014)

    Acquittal on attempted s.18 with CCTV and numerous prosecution witnesses.

    R v Friel (2012)

    Elderly and vulnerable client acquitted of s.18 assault on her husband.
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  • Regulatory

    Philip is an experienced regulatory practitioner. He has experience dealing with both Welsh and English regulatory matters.

    Philip has prosecuted for a number of local authorities, government departments and bodies such as the Architects Registration Board.

    Philip has also defended in prosecutions brought by local authorities for a wide range of matters including those relating to unlawful evictions, breaches of HMO regulations and breaches of health and safety legislation. He is experienced in dealing with the legality of bylaws.

    He has also delivered training on health and safety prosecutions to local authorities.

    He has also delivered training on health and safety prosecutions to local authorities.

    R (Denbighshire County Council) v Plastecowood Ltd (2017)

    Currently instructed for the prosecution in an environmental case involving statutory nuisance.

    R (Denbighshire County Council) v Delaney (2017)

    Brought a prosecution in a trading standards case where the complainant was a vulnerable man with mental health problems who died before the proceedings commenced. Ensured that his ABE interview was admitted as evidence. Defendant was convicted and received an immediate custodial sentence.

    R (Flintshire County Council) v Hopson and Hopson (2017)

    Prosecuted two defendants in an Education Act case. Both convicted and given suspended sentences.

    R (Denbighshire County Council) v Lee (2016)

    Prosecuted and secured convictions in historic trading standards case.

    R (North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority) v Faulkner (2015)

    Trial relating to numerous alleged offences under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and associated bylaws.

    R (Department for Business Innovation and Skills) v Butterworth (2015)

    Offences under the Insolvency Act relating to the sale of a home.

    R (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) v J and J (2013)

    Offences under the Insolvency Act relating to allegedly dishonest claims on IVA forms.

    R (Cheshire West and Cheshire Council) v Shingfield (2013)

    Defendant accused of an offence under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 and multiple breaches of HMO regulations.

    R (Flintshire County Council) v K (2013)

    Defendant prosecuted for a number of breaches of Welsh regulations regarding the management of a tanning salon.
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  • Sport, Media and Entertainment Law

    Philip has a busy sports law practice covering all areas of sports disciplinary work including on field infractions, behaviour off the field of play which brings the sport into disrepute and anti-doping cases.

    He has successfully represented the Amateur Swimming Association in ASA v G, a matter involving a match official being abused by a coach. He has been instructed by the ASA in several further cases including an appeal regarding a brutality charge.

    He also appeared in UKAD v Graham which was one of the first anti-doping cases to be decided under the WADA 2015 code. He also represented the athlete in the case of UKAD v Todd. He is a member of the Sports Resolutions Pro Bono Panel.

    Philip’s article on the first year of the WADA 2015 code was published by Law In Sport in January 2016.

    He keeps a keen watch on all developments in the area of sports disciplinary work and comments on them on his twitter feed at @sport_barrister.

    West Riding Football Association v Tingley Athletic (2016)

    Represented a club whose U13 team had been accused of several incidents of racism during a match against a largely ethnic minority side. The case had received a great amount of social media and press attention due to an accusatory video that had been published online. Ensured that a verdict of not proven was returned on all matters.
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  • Public Access

    Philip is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme and is qualified to conduct litigation.

    Click here to view our Public Access pages and details of the process for instructing public access accredited barristers.

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