Crime, Civil, Family
Year of call: 2006
Robert predominantly practises in crime, but regularly accepts instructions in both civil and family matters. His mixed practice allows him to seamlessly transfer the skills and knowledge from one area to another for the benefit of his professional and lay clients. His wide knowledge base and excellent advocacy skills have seen him develop a strong practice and excellent reputation.
Robert prides himself on being second to none in terms of client care. He bridges the all too often wide gap between his client and the Tribunal, whilst instilling confidence in the client and the Court. Robert has been descibed by those who instruct him as a fierce advocate who will not allow his client’s position to be compromised in the face of a robust Judiciary or difficult circumstances.
Robert has experience in both defending and prosecuting criminal matters, accepting instructions predominantly for the defence.
He accepts instructions ranging from private driving offences in the Magistrates, where he has represented high profile media clients, to serious matters in the Crown Court such as representing a convicted murderer of further violent offences. His practice in crime includes, but is not limited to, serious violence offences, high value frauds and drug offences.
Robert is a Grade 2 prosecutor.
Robert’s roots are based in civil litigation where he practised as a litigator for a first tier Legal 500 firm for a number of years. Having previously practised as a solicitor, Robert has an excellent grasp of all stages of civil litigation which can be invaluable when appearing in Court and in providing advice.
Robert is well versed in a variety of contractual disputes. He has a wealth of trial experience in, but not limited to, debt recovery, corporate and personal insolvency, hire purchase agreements, credit hire and housing law. He accepts instructions for complex small claims cases through to high value multi-track matters.
As a natural link with the work Robert does in crime, he often acts for both applicants and respondents in domestic violence matters; whereby he appears in cases ranging from emergency injunctions though to contested final hearings.
Robert also accepts instructions in Children Act matters where his excellent client care skills make him a popular choice with clients.
Robert is frequently instructed to represent clients in mediations. Robert has acted in mediations ranging from simple fast track level claims, through to multi-million pound disputes. Being able to work with, and interact with, people from all walks of life Robert is particularly effective in the mediation arena.
- R v D & others – acting for a convicted murderer in another offence involving an allegation of serious violence in prison with weapons.
- R v BS – acted in a matter whereby the defence of non-insane automatism was advanced.
- R v DD – representing a client accused of a high value fraud against the employer.
BVC, Bristol UWE