Philip Standfast has a long-standing practice in Criminal and Regulatory Law.

Philip is an experienced trial advocate. He is a CPS Panel Advocate at the highest grade and is accredited on the Specialist Rape Panel for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Philip is one of very few counsel who is instructed by the CPS to practise over two Circuits, namely the North Eastern Circuit and the Northern Circuit.

Philip has carved a reputation in cases of heavyweight crime and matters of serious sexual assault. His insight and experience as a prosecutor means that Philip is a popular choice with defendants who face allegations of serious sexual assault and matters of organised crime.


Philip has practised in criminal law for his entire career. He has a wealth of experience in prosecuting and defending trials involving organised crime, fraud and cases of serious sexual assault.

Notable Crime cases

R v Spalding

Prosecuted a Murder and attempt murder by masked gunman – Leeds Crown Court.

R v Kimmett

Prosecuted a Murder – Leeds Crown Court.

R v M

Prosecuted a violent rape of prostitute.

R v S

Defended a choirmaster and teacher accused of serious sexual offences against many young boys over many years.

R v O

Defended a Roman Catholic Priest accused of indecency.

R v Carolan & Others

Prosecuted a 3 month conspiracy to commit robbery trial and confiscation proceedings.

R v W & W

Prosecuted on a repeated rape of sister by brother.

R v B

Defended a rape and indecent assault by uncle of four nieces.

Philip has advised and represented a number of operators called to public inquiry before the Traffic Commissioner for regulatory offences.

Philip has conducted a number of licensing cases and appeals pertaining to firearms, vehicle and entertainment regulations.

Contact Us

Chambers is centrally located within walking distance of the train station, secure car parks and the Courts.

Contact Us

St Pauls Chambers
Park Row House
19-20 Park Row

For out of hours assistance please call the senior clerk on 07854170429.

The switchboard will open from 08:30 until 17:30

Phone: +44 (0)1132 455 866
Email: [email protected]
CJSM: [email protected]

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