Philip Wright

Telephone: 647-247-2572

Philip is a partner in the firm. Prior to entering the law profession Philip was a served as a Detective Chief Superintendent in the police service in Northern Ireland. In 2006 he received the Queens Police Medal (QPM) from Her Majesty the Queen for services to policing.

As a career Detective he is a highly trained investigator engaging in all types of investigations ranging from internal organisational issues and complaints to provincial, national and international inquiries. In addition to being an operational investigator he provided training to police officers and lawyers at a national and international level.

Philip attained a first-class honours degree in Law and a Master’s degree in International Human Rights from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Queen’s University, Northern Ireland and a Post Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies from St Andrews University, Scotland.

Philip holds a Phd (Law) from Queen’s University in Kingston where his thesis was entitled “The Clash of Two Imperatives: The Right to Know and the Need to Keep Secret in the context of the Criminal Process and National Security Measures.”

Before joining Johnstone & Cowling LLP, Philip worked in the area of civil litigation. He represented the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Quesnelle.

Philip’s current practice interests involve Policing, Disclosure Applications, Privilege, Regulatory Law, Human Rights, Professional Discipline, Occupational Health and Safety, Civil Litigation, Administrative Law and Workplace Investigations.