Phil joined the Federation in 2011 and was heavily involved with the review and restructure undertaken in September 2013, the largest reorganisation since the Federation’s inception in 1941.
He represented the Federation in newspaper, radio and television interviews and led the negotiations in the North with key business and local government leaders, including board members of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), councils and MPs.
He was on the committee of the Leeds City Region LEP Communications Group.
Phil is originally from Wakefield and having studied Law and German at Surrey University he joined Leeds firm Ford and Warren in their corporate and commercial department in 2000.
He later joined McCombie and Co in Leeds which merged with HLW in September 2008. This was followed by a spell at Ison Harrison, again working in corporate and commercial before joining the Federation of Master Builders.
He has over ten years’ experience in corporate and commercial work, having spent his legal career in the Yorkshire area acting for small and medium sized businesses.
His range of experience includes specialisms in commercial agreements, intellectual property and Data Protection Act compliance. For five consecutive years, he presented a seminar on commercial law to 40 elite entrepreneurs each year selected by the main Yorkshire Universities.
Partner Simon Morris, head of the Corporate and Commercial unit at Raworths said:
“Phil’s unique mix of industry experience and specialist legal knowledge fits perfectly with our ethos of providing practical and expert advice to our commercial clients and will be a real addition to the range of services we already provide to our SME client base.”