Philip is the Managing Partner of Harry Elias Partnership LLP, and heads the Firm's Civil and Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Regulatory Compliance and Commercial Fraud Practice Group.
Philip has extensive experience in corporate and commercial litigation, ranging from contractual disputes, disputes involving shareholders and employees, to property disputes (including en bloc fights and trusts). He has also been involved in a number of high profile judicial review cases in the Supreme Court involving public bodies and government departments. He is consistently identified as a leading business crime lawyer in leading directories such as Who’s Who Legal and has successfully represented clients in securities and corruption cases.
Philip’s working history started with the Commercial Affairs Department, the leading specialist enforcement agency for white collar crimes. His last designation was Assistant Director and the first Head of the Anti-Money Laundering unit. Given his enforcement experience, he is a natural choice to head the Firm’s Regulatory Compliance and Commercial Fraud Practice Group.
Philip is constantly sought for his advice on securities laws (insider trading and market manipulation) and corporate compliance (directors’ statutory and regulatory duties and anti-money laundering) issues. He has also assisted professional bodies such as the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore and the Singapore Medical Council in several prosecution actions involving doctors and accountants. His notable cases include having acted for a leading car distributor in the first ever action against a government transport authority in relation to a dispute relating to car taxes and more recently, acted successfully for minority subsidiary proprietors in relation to the collective sale of the Horizon Towers, which is the landmark decision of the Singapore Court of Appeal in the area of en bloc sales adding to the Firm’s reputation as a ‘A Practice of First’.
Since joining the Firm, Philip also successfully defended several defendants charged for white collar offences. He has been highly recommended as a star name and leader in the legal circle by independent publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Asian Business Legal, The Straits Times, The Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Law Firms, TODAY Paper, The Business Times and Channel News Asia. In the 2016 edition of Asia Pacific Legal 500, he is described as “experienced in civil and commercial disputes, as well as those with a quasi-criminal element, such as regulatory compliance and malpractice matters”.
Philip is a regular speaker at business forums and seminars on the subject of securities fraud, corruption, enforcement actions of government agencies, issues relating to directors’ duties and other white collar crimes.
In addition to a law degree from the University of London, Philip also graduated from the University of Adelaide with an Honours degree in Economics (majoring in Accounting). Philip was a Government scholar and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1995.