Philip is a civil Barrister (Bargyfreithiwr) and mediator (cyfryngwr) who was called to the Bar in 2005 and was previously a solicitor in South Wales. He was a member of the Law Society Personal Injury panel from 1998 until 2005 on his transfer to the Bar. He is based near Abergavenny in South Wales, but has a nationwide practice. Philip is a former Law Society appointed monitor of training contracts and has a keen interest in the practical training of all professionals.
Philip has a proactive and reasoned approach to cases, communicates in plain language, is commercially astute and advances sensible solutions to complex issues. Throughout his career he has advised and represented clients in Personal Injury, Clinical and Professional Negligence cases and assisted clients in difficult emotional cases involving children in public and private law proceedings and bereaved clients at Inquests.
Philip says : “The secret to being a successful advocate is being well-prepared, a good listener and to keep going, even when things look impossible to resolve. I am confident in working with people of all ages and backgrounds, from different cultures and religions, and feel able to communicate clearly what may sometimes be complex issues and ideas in a non-legal, jargon-free language.
Areas of expertise and practice include:
Philip is regularly instructed in High Value Costs cases for both paying and receiving parties, from attending Detailed Assessments and Preliminary Issue hearings to Oral hearings and appeals. He appears regularly before Regional Costs Judges and before Masters in the Senior Court Costs Office.
Notable case: Malone -v- Birmingham Community NHS Trust 2015/16. Barr v Frimley NHS Foundation Trust 2016
I have appeared before coroners sitting alone and with a jury. Ranging from fatal RTA’s; Death in a care home; Fatal accidents in outdoor activities; Fatalities in the work place/construction sites; Fatalities in hospital/treatment/ and suicides from Mental health Issues.
• Road Traffic / Motor claims with fraud and contrived accidents (inc motorcycle claims)
• Employer’s liability / health and safety
• Highways Act matters
• Fast & Multi Track trials in the above areas
Credit Hire (Defendant only):
Professional and Clinical Negligence:
• Professional negligence in property transactions
• Personal injury actions for failure to issue within the limitation period and the undervalue of the claim
• Matrimonial ancillary relief cases
• Clinical negligence pursuing actions against GPs, surgeons and NHS trusts for negligent diagnosis, prognosis of conditions and negligent surgery
Qualifications and Experience:
Philip obtained 2.1 LL.B (Hons) and passed his professional exams before completing his training contract at Granville-West Solicitors Pontypool in 1995. He joined Atkinsons solicitors of Newport in 1998 and became a partner in January 2000. Throughout his career he has advised and represented clients in Personal Injury, Clinical and Professional Negligence cases and assisted clients in difficult emotional cases involving children in public and private law proceedings and acrimonious financial issues. He is able to communicate complex issues into understandable layman’s language.
Married with three daughters, Philip is an avid skier (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) Level 1 Alpine Instructor; UKCP level 1 Ski Coach (Licenced); Certified Salomon Binding Technician) and assists in coaching with his local ski race club and is a former junior and senior county squash player and a Welsh Squash Rackets Federation qualified coach and referee. He is a Former Chair of Governors of a Welsh Medium School.
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“I just wanted to forward this to you for your attention. It's always nice to receive some good feedback! I pass on my thanks to you too, really appreciate your work. Hi Hayley Just wanted to thank you for all your help and to also to feedback that Mr Hodder was excellent and I would highly recommend him.”
Hayley Fairhurst Minster Law
“Hi Phil, Fantastic result on this one! I was out of the office unexpectedly on Friday. Very young witnesses on both sides which can always be dicey, especially when there is an implication of Joseph speeding and being a bit of a racer; Covea are very pleased! Best ”
India Hitchen Hebble Law
“Many thanks Phil [Hodder]. I am grateful for your attendance and the very satisfying result.”
Danny Stott - High Value Claims Consultant Acumension
“A deep and pervasive feeling of joy pervades the practice this morning - always a doubtful matter - now resolved much to your [Philip Hodder] credit. The principal and I and the other fee earners went out last night to celebrate! (personal injury matter) ”
John Scott Dylan Nair Solicitors
“Unlike many Counsel we have encountered, you [Philip Hodder] were willing to speak with our client, keep us appraised throughout and generally go the extra mile. We've been impressed with your level of service and will most certainly be using you again. ”
Prinz Nagalingam PI Costing PLC
“Client contacted me and advised you [Philip Hodder] were brilliant. Fantastic result and I am very pleased. Thank you for all your hard work. ”
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This involved a clinical negligence claim, where a ‘never event’ occurred during surgery. The Claimant’s solicitors entered into a CFA and incepted an ATE policy to cover liability and causation experts reports, with a view that the costs of the ATE policy premium would be recoverable under SI 2013 No.739. Defendant’s counsel, Philip Hodder, raised issues at the oral assessment that it was unreasonable for the Claimant to enter into such an ATE policy at the stage it was incepted and therefore the Defendant paying party should not be burdened with the costs of the ATE. DJ Phillips found in favour of the paying party. Philip Hodder was instructed by Acumension Ltd for the Defendant.
Philip Hodder was responsible for the original claim before DJ Marshall Phillips when Claimant's costs were struck out. The attached ruling relates to a second Appeal which was also struck out. He was again instructed by Acumension Ltd.