Philip obtained a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) in 1996, and a Master of Laws in 1999.
In 1997, Philip worked as an associate to a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. In 1998 Philip joined Allen Allen & Hemsley (later Allens Arthur Robinson) was admitted as a solicitor 1999.
In 2003, Philip joined the bar. As a barrister he has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes.