Phil Smith

Phil is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Insolvency teams, having trained and qualified with the firm. Phil specialises in commercial litigation, bringing and defending a wide range contractual and tortious claims on behalf of businesses, individuals and insolvency practitioners. He has particular expertise in technology disputes, property litigation, costs and contentious insolvency matters.

Special interests



Graduated from the University of Reading and subsequently attended the College of Law in Guildford before joining Pitmans as a trainee solicitor and qualifying in September 2007. Joined 2005.

Recent matters

  • Acting for a multi-national electronics company in pursuing a substantial claim subject to ICC Arbitration against a Russian broadcast company, culminating in a negotiated settlement on advantageous terms.

  • Advising a real estate investment company on the recovery of a seven figure debt from an uncooperative debtor, including successful defence of an application to restrain presentation of a Winding Up Petition.

  • Advising a property developer client upon recovery of a six figure unpaid balance of a deposit upon the buyers' failure to complete a residential purchase.

  • Successful defence at trial of a seven figure contractual and quantum meruit claim proceeding in the Mercantile Court.

  • Advising a multi-national software company on a range of disputes, including a substantial dispute with a sub-contractor concerning consultancy services provided in the Middle East.


Should my business accept Bitcoin? 21 January 2014

The right to delivery up of intellectual property rights 11 March 2015


A responsive, flexible strategic thinker.

Legal 500, 2016

We have worked with Pitmans litigation team (Phil Smith) on an increasing number of matters in recent years. Phil and his team have become a trusted partner and valued advisor. They are enthusiastic, responsive, diligent, and tactically and commercially switched on. As importantly as all of that, they are thoroughly good guys with whom we have a great working relationship, which makes what is often stressful work so much more enjoyable. We also really appreciate Pitmans flexible approach to fee structures which enables us to manage cost exposure more confidently.

Head Counsel – Litigation, Sky UK

Phil Smith defended Gamma against a complex and substantial High Court claim. Phil’s defence of Gamma was spectacularly successful. Phil’s mastery of the factual detail, astute strategic advice on substantive and procedural issues and timely handling of the case were all exemplary. Above all, Phil was a delight to work with, exuded quiet confidence throughout and dealt with the matter both fairly and cost-effectively. It follows Gamma would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending both Phil and Pitmans to handle any litigation matter whether small or, as in this case, large.

Group Legal Counsel, Gamma Telecom

We have worked with two law firms in the past and didn’t feel confident enough to put them in front of our internal clients. Phil has proved that this can be done and we are very pleased with the result. We value his approach, which is to provide clear and simple advice … Phil is our favourite external counsel.

Director, EMEA Legal, multi-national software company

Phil Smith has a growing reputation for technology-related litigation.

Legal 500, 2014

A first-class litigator.

Legal 500, 2013

We have been working successfully with Phil Smith at Pitmans for some considerable time, in numerous situations and widely differing circumstances. Phil specialises in dispute resolution and dare I say is exceptional. We have a 100% success rate.

Managing Partner, Global Wealth Management Solutions LLP

Personal interests

These include: cricket, sailing and motorsports.

Contact Phil Smith

You can contact Phil Smith via the methods below.

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