Philip Nicol-Gent
Philip has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and is dual qualified having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991 and subsequently the Guernsey Bar in 2003. Philip is the Senior Independent Governor of the University of Plymouth and a member of the Audit Committee of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Most recently Philip chaired the Regulatory Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and was a member of that Board for seven and a half years. He was the General Counsel of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission until 2020.
Moving to Guernsey in 2000 after eight years in practice as a barrister on the South-Eastern Circuit Philip joined HM Attorney-General’s Chambers becoming a Crown Advocate in 2004. Over his career in England and Guernsey Philip advised on complex matters including aviation law, public law and financial services. He was intricately involved in the Bailiwick’s response to emergency planning after 9/11 and attended the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College. In 2008 he was at the centre of the administration of the Icelandic Landsbanki (Guernsey) Ltd at the beginning of that financial crisis. He was also appointed as an amicus curiae in complex cases before the Royal Court of Guernsey.
Philip joined the Guernsey Financial Services Commission in 2011. In 2014 he was the Chair of a multi-jurisdiction committee that drafted the first standard for the regulation of Trust and Corporate Services Providers. Later Philip developed the Guernsey Green Fund, the first financial services product in the world to be backed by regulatory rules enacted under statute.
In addition to holding a Law Degree Philip studied at L’Université de Caen, Normandy. He has an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. In his spare time Philip is a Commissioned Cadet Forces Officer.