Philip Williams


Head of the Cardiff Office

“His experience in large complicated frauds and Serious crime is unsurpassed”

-Legal 500

Phil joined Blackfords LLP in 2009 further to an extensive career in criminal litigation. Phil specialises in the defence of complex criminal invesitgations, regulatory and disciplinary matters.

He was involved in defending an individual in Britain’s first ‘General Election’ fraud.

Phil advises individuals and businesses at all stages of the investigatory process and criminal litigation. He has experience of dealing with all major prosecuting authorities, including the SFO. He is also experienced in Private Prosecutions and has represented individuals and companies in such matters.

His regulatory experience extends to sports law and he has experience in representing individuals in high profile race and match fixing, as well as doping matters.

Phil’s regulatory experience covers prosecutions by Health and Safety Executive, Financial Conduct Authority, Natural Resources Wales, the Environment Agency and a number of professional bodies. He is often instructed by insurance companies on behalf of their clients.

His regulatory experience includes all aspects of licensing legislation and he has advised clients in proceedings before Local Authority licensing committees and the Magistrates’ Court.

Phil had been involved in some of the most high-profile criminal litigation and law cases of the last ten years, including Operation Elveden, the Hatton Gardens burglary, the Lynette White Police Corruption case and is currently advising individuals in respect of the ongoing SFO investigation into Rolls Royce.

Renowned for his ability to consider tactical decisions at an early stage, Phil is often instructed by companies who might be at risk of prosecution in bribery and corruption cases.

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