London and Surrey-based full service law firm Mackrell Turner Garrett have become one of first law firms of its size to hire a full-time in-house barrister.

Joining the firm is consultant barrister Philip Jones who will work with the firm’s award winning litigation department.

Called to the Bar in November 1990, Philip has spent 24 years in practice at the independent bar, of which the last 18 have been at the Chambers of Andrew Ritchie QC, 9 Gough Square.

Philip brings to Mackrell’s a broad based civil dispute resolution practice which covers areas including commercial/contract disputes, employment, civil fraud, insolvency, property and landlord & tenant, and professional negligence.

Clients have included individuals (including groups of individuals), public-sector organisations and large companies in the private sector including William Pears Group, Pearl & Coutts and Thames Water.

Cases include; Sneddon & 435 others v Bank of Scotland & 11 others (2013), Feldaroll Foundry plc v Hermes Leasing [2004], Rezaeipoor v Arabhalvaei [2012], Nouri v Marvi & Bank of Scotland [2006], Newbound v Thames Water Utilities Ltd [2014], Stevenson v Atos Origin IT Services UK Ltd [2012], Lelliott & others v Whetstone & Medical Protection Society [2014] and Hussain v King Edward VII Hospital (2013).

A member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and Employment Law Bar Association, Philip is the joint author of “Remedies in Employment Law” – Law Society (2014), and he is the author of a chapter on group actions in “Clinical Negligence Claims, A Practical Guide” – 9 Gough Square (2011).

Commenting on the hire, Nigel Rowley, managing partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett and head of litigation, said: “Hiring an in-house barrister is fairly unique for a firm of our size and is something we have been looking to do for a long time.

“Having an on-site barrister allows unparalleled access and free flow of communication between lawyers which will ultimately benefit our clients. We are also able to get counsel involved in cases at the earliest opportunity, enhancing the quality of case management and providing great continuity.

“Philip joins Mackrell Turner Garrett following a distinguished career with more than 20 years in independent practice. He brings extensive experience in a number of practice areas so we are delighted that he has agreed to join us. This move will only enhance our service on offer to clients.”