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Philip Campbell is a founding partner of Lockyer Campbell Posner. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, he was a partner in Copeland Liss Campbell following his 1984 call to the bar and then in the Criminal Division of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell from 2000 to 2003. He and James Lockyer formed Lockyer Campbell in 2003 in order to pursue their ground-breaking work in the reversal of wrongful convictions. Besides his extensive work in that area, Mr. Campbell maintains a trial and appellate practice with a focus on serious and complex litigation.
Mr. Campbell has broad experience in the defence of homicide prosecutions, sexual assault and narcotics cases, white collar crimes, professional misconduct and matters with sophisticated constitutional issues. He has acted on a number of extradition cases and maintains a special interest in that challenging area of the law.
Mr. Campbell is active on the Case Review Committee of Innocence Canada and has served as counsel on a number of the organization’s most challenging cases. He is also an active member of the Criminal Lawyers Association and has represented the CLA as an intervenor in several important cases, including R. v. Hart, a judgment which established a new test for the admission of evidence acquired pursuant to “Mr. Big” undercover operations.
He has acted as counsel on cases that shape Canadian law in a number of areas including racial profiling; double jeopardy; the admissibility of fresh evidence on appeal; the corroboration of unreliable witnesses; extradition to countries that abuse human rights; the mental state required to prove sexual assault; the use of hearsay evidence; the definition of planning and deliberation; the appellate test for unreasonable verdicts; the law of unconstitutional search and seizure; the legal standard for constructive murder; judicial bias and interference; conflict of interest on the part of lawyers; breach of trust by public officials; and release on bail of the wrongly convicted. His clients are from all strata of society, from impoverished youth charged with drug offences, to bikers and gang members charged with murder, to police officers and lawyers charged with violations of duty.
Mr. Campbell has written and spoken at a wide range of legal conferences and symposia, including the Canadian Bar Association, the National Criminal Law Program, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the annual conference of Superior Court judges and the Criminal Lawyers Association. He has been an instructor at the University of Toronto Centre of Criminology and has lectured at the University of Toronto Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, University of Ottawa Law School and Queens University Law School.
In his free time, Mr. Campbell rides his motorcycle with a club known as the Illegals, scuba dives, plays ping pong and poker, meets monthly with his book club, and spends time with family and friends at his vacation home on the Greek Island of Paros.