Philip Kazantzis qualified as a Solicitor in 1998; obtained his Higher Rights of Audience in 2001 and thereafter was called to the Bar in 2004.
When Philip first practised as a Criminal Defence Solicitor he worked his way up to partnership level at a specialist Criminal Defence Solicitor’s firm where headed the Complex Fraud department. He cross-qualified as a barrister in 2004 so that he could focus on advocacy rather than managing a legal practice.
Philip now works in a dual capacity as an employed barrister with Wells Burcombe LLP, whilst being regularly instructed through other firms as a sole practitioner through The Chambers of Philip Kazantzis. This means Philip is able to conduct litigation through Wells Burcombe LLP whilst also conducting advocacy on an independent basis through his own chambers.
Philip Kazantzis now focuses his practice in the areas of Crime and the Regulatory sector, where he has gained experience conducting both complex and heavyweight proceedings. He is regularly instructed in criminal cases alleging complex fraud, false imprisonment, possession of firearms, murder, robbery, rape, drugs supply, importation and serious assaults, such as section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and attempted murder. He has also acted as both leading and led junior advocate in a number of complex frauds, large-scale drug conspiracies and murder cases. He has acted on behalf of a number of high-profile individuals whose cases have been the subject of extensive international media coverage. He is a strong team leader who is capable of providing the requisite analysis of a case, which often gives rise to successful submissions being put before the court both in writing and orally.