Phillip Sapsford QC | 4-5 Gray's inn square

Philip has wide experience in the Court of Appeal, and (formerly) the House of Lords including the challenge of search warrants and restraint/receivership orders. He has an extensive practice in diversion, VAT, tax and mortgage frauds, fraudulent trading. He has advised on money laundering regulations, civil fraud allegations on the impact of the criminal law and advising in confiscation proceedings.

Philip’s practice includes the tracing of hidden assets in divorce and family law cases and in civil remedies for victims of fraud. His other fields of professional expertise include all aspects of international law, international licensing, the drafting of complex international contractual obligations, and the financial consequences of international divorce.
In the 1980’s he began his pro bono work, particularly for final appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in death penalty cases from the British Commonwealth countries.
Philip has appeared as amicus before many US State Supreme Courts including the presentation of oral argument. This culminated in the United States Supreme Court landmark decision [5-4] of Roper v Simmons 125 S. Ct. 1183 [March, 2005] whereby the death penalty was abolished throughout all of the United States for juvenile offenders.


  • Appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel, 1992
  • Appointed a Recorder, 1997
  • Called to the Bar in the High Court of New Zealand in 1998 and admitted there also as a Solicitor
  • Appointed a Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple 2003
  • Appointed as a Deputy Judge of the High Court in 2004

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