After being elected a Sheriff of London in 1807, Phillips improved the conditions of debtors and enacted other reforms, and on his gravestone he wished to have engraved: "He was Sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1807-8, and an effective ameliorator
of a stem and uncharitable criminal code.
Law must not only be reduced to its formal element but, even then, be dispensed with if it does not serve the aim of the commander: "[T]his paper is intended as a reminder that those interested in promoting law as an ameliorator
of the misery of war are obliged to ensure it does not become bogged down with interpretations that are at odds with legitimate military concerns.
It enjoyed increased sales of Ceredist, an agent for treating spinocerebellar degeneration, as well as Sermion, a cerebral circulation and metabolism ameliorator