Philip Clemo

Philip Clemo
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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.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • British Association for Sport and Law


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


  • Crime

    Philip enjoys a busy practice in the Crown Court where he both prosecutes and defends. His practice encompasses a wide variety of cases from violent and sexual offences through to those involving dishonesty and drugs. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal for both the prosecution and defence. He is also an experienced POCA practitioner and is a member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.

    Philip prides himself on high levels of client care for both his lay and professional clients. He considers detailed preparation to be a cornerstone of his practice and has prosecuted matters with large amounts of detailed and forensic evidence. He has experience in representing vulnerable clients in a compassionate but professional manner. He also has experience of 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 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 D 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.


    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 D getting a suspended sentence.

    R v Omar and Ors (2014)

    Prosecuted a conspiracy to supply class A drugs - all Ds 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 is currently instructed for the prosecution in several trading standards cases and has provided advice on charges, case summaries and drafted indictments as part of that process.

    He has prosecuted for a number of bodies such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Architects Registration Board.

    He has also defended in prosecutions brought by local authorities for a wide range of matters including planning unlawful evictions, breaches of regulations (both Welsh and English) in relation to houses in multiple occupation and breaches of health and safety legislation (including Welsh regulations).

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

    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)

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

    R (Flintshire County Council) v K (2013)

    D 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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