Phil is a PhD candidate researching Intellectual Property Law at UEA. Norfolk born and raised Phil undertook training as a Legal Executive and became an associate member of the chartered institute of legal executives. He then joined UEA as an undergraduate for a qualifying law degree (LLB) in 2012, moved to a masters (LLM) in 2015 and PhD in 2016. Initially starting the degree for personal fulfilment and wanting to act as lawyer for his own company, study soon ignited a passion for the law and for study in general.

Prior to (and during) his studies Phil managed his own small design, manufacturing and marketing company. His extensive use of CNC machinery, and CAD/CAM packages afford him the skill and experience needed as a foundation for his research, which he can approach from a perspective where he is familiar with the non-legal technical and engineering aspects.

Phil received Norwich Law School Alumni Book Prize awards 2012 and 2013 and a full-fee scholarship for the duration of his LLM. He was awarded a full Law School Studentship for his PhD research, along with a Research Training Support Grant. Phil is also a member of the UEA Centre for Competition Policy.

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