Philip is a 2009 recipient of the Nigerian Law School Prize for students who completed the Bar Final Examination with a First Class Honours. He had earlier obtained an LL. B degree in the Second-Class Upper Division category in 2008. In 2015, Philip also completed his master’s degree with distinction and as the best graduating student in the LL.M class of that year.
Upon his Call to the Nigerian Bar in 2009, Philip practised with reputable law firms in Nigeria (including Paul Usoro & Co) where he had extensive experience as a Court-room Advocate. He was a part of the legal team that successfully defended several State Governors and Senators from the Elections Petitions Tribunal up to the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He also worked in cutting-edge corporate law practice wherein he represented several multi-national companies and commercial banks in court and other adjudicatory tribunals.
In the year 2012, Philip returned to academic life, taking up an appointment as a Law Lecturer in Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria with teaching/research interests in International Human Rights Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Law of Evidence, Environmental Law, Law of Contract and Labour Law. For two consecutive academic sessions, Philip was the winner of the Most Student-oriented Lecturer Award as instituted by the Ambrose Alli University Law Students’ Association.
Since he commenced his PhD programme at the University of Birmingham in the 2017/2018 academic session, Philip has continued his teaching and research work. He has worked as a Law Academic Tutor in the University’s Access to Birmingham Programme and he currently serves as a Postgraduate Teaching Associate at Birmingham Law School where he teaches Law of Contract.