Philip C. Dunkley, QC has served as Senior Partner of Higgs & Johnson since 1999. He is chair of the Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring practice group and has represented clients in their complex litigation and transactional matters for more than 43 years.
Philip specialises in commercial, civil and chancery litigation, appearing in many of the leading commercial cases at the Bahamas Bar, including the BCCI and Grupo Torras cases, and the Oracle Fund liquidation. His practice also includes admiralty and shipping, and private wealth management.
He has served as a member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the Supreme Court Rules Committee and Disciplinary Tribunal, and as Acting Magistrate and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court. He is a former lecturer in Civil Procedure and Evidence and has authored chapters on The Bahamas in several legal publications, including International Execution against Judgment Debtors and International Commercial Fraud (Sweet and Maxwell); and Impact of New Legislation in The Bahamas on Trust Attacks (Trusts & Trustees).
In October 2009, Philip was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He was named among the Caribbean’s top global private wealth management lawyers by Citywealth (2011-2013) and has been top ranked by Chambers Global (2010 – 2017). In 2017, when The Bahamas was added to the scope of the new Chambers HNW Guide, Philip was top ranked in the area of Offshore Trusts. He has been included in the Global Restructuring Review’s inaugural GRR 100 survey for his work in cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters.
Philip was educated at St. Andrew’s School, Nassau, Bahamas; Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire, England and Middle Temple, London. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1973 and served his pupilage in Chancery Chambers of John Mowbray in Lincolns Inn, London and Common Law Chambers of Edward Paynter-Reece in Middle Temple Lane, London. Following a year of pupilage, Philip returned to Nassau. He was was admitted to the Bahamas Bar in 1974 and immediately joined Higgs & Johnson as an Associate. Philip became partner in 1978 and Senior Partner in 1999. He served as Global Managing Partner from December 2009 to July 2012.
Philip is a member of the International Bar Association, STEP and an honorary member of the Association and Legal Scholars, Centre for International Legal Studies Salzburg, Austria.