Philip Carstairs

Philip Carstairs

Senior Knowledge Lawyer

Philip advises on a broad range of asset finance related issues and has particular expertise in leasing documentation, security and the Cape Town Convention.

He is responsible for the development and delivery of internal and external knowledge resources and training programmes in asset finance, general banking and legal drafting. He advises the team on relevant legal developments and innovations in the aviation and shipping sectors and in banking law generally.

Philip has been a qualified lawyer for over 25 years and frequently works with industry bodies and trade associations to help respond to regulatory and legislative proposals as well as clients in producing and providing training materials. He has acted as the firm’s administrator on the International Registry of Mobile Assets since its inception, provides advice on the Cape Town Convention and deals with the Registry on an almost daily basis.

Philip contributes to our legal blog “Compact Contract” and writes more detailed briefings on topics relating to the banking, finance and transportation sectors.




Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1997
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.