Phil Shiner leads the team at Public Interest Lawyers (PIL). He is a lawyer with an international and national reputation for his work on issues concerning international, environmental and human rights law. He has been practicing as a solicitor in the UK since 1981. He has written and spoken at international and national conferences on all the areas of law covered PIL's present work. Phil Shiner is a member of the Law Society's planning panel and is entitled to describe himself as a specialist planning and environmental lawyer.
Phil has developed the practice to attract top rankings also in the areas of human rights and administrative and public law through acting for Gurkha soldiers facing discrimination in the British army and in relation to the conduct of British troops in post-occupation Iraq. He has dealt with international law issues through, for example, representing CND in a judicial review challenging the Government's decision to go to war and instructing barristers on the legality of the Mutual Defence Agreement between the US and UK.
Phil was honoured as 'Human Rights Lawyer of the Year' by the Joint Liberty and Justice Awards in 2004.