Practice areas

Crime, Family, Civil

Year of call: 2006


Robert predominantly practises in crime, but accepts instructions in both family and civil 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.

 

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CRIME

Robert is experienced in both defending and prosecuting criminal matters, allowing him to approach all cases in a balanced and informed way. He is a calm but robust advocate, with a considerable talent for connecting with juries.

Having previously worked In-House at a firm of solicitors, Robert has experience in all aspects of the profession, which allows him to provide an excellent service to all those he is instructed by. Robert is well versed in providing sound and practical advice at various stages of proceedings, leading to effective case management.

As part of Robert’s defence practice, he accepts a wide range of instructions. From private driving offences in the Magistrates Court, where he represents high profile media clients, through to extremely serious matters in the Crown Court, representing convicted murderers accused of further violent offences, clients charged with large scale drug conspiracies and those accused of the most serious sexual offences.

Robert is a Grade 3 prosecutor. His prosecution practice includes, but is not limited to, serious violent offences, high value frauds, drug offences (including multi handed conspiracies) and cases involving death. Robert has been led in murder cases and has a particular interest and quality experience in cases involving infant death.

Witness handling and client care, particularly in regards to vulnerable witnesses and clients is a talent that Robert has mastered and has an excellent reputation for. Robert can bridge the all too often wide gap between the legal system and the lay client, whilst instilling confidence in those whom he represents. He is experienced in the use of intermediaries.

Robert accepts instructions for the defence in regards to Court Martial matters. Robert also undertakes Health and Safety work.

RECENT CASES INCLUDE:

  • R v R & T – Junior prosecution counsel in a case whereby both parents were charged with murder.
  • R v D & others – Defended in a case when acting for a convicted murderer involving an allegation of serious violence in prison with weapons.
  • R v BS –  Instructed 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 and achieved a suspended sentence for his client despite the value of the theft being in excess of £180,000.
  • R v JS – Successful in obtaining a Community Order for a defendant convicted of possession of illegal ammunition and cannabis plants.
  • R v W – Represented a professional who was charged with historic sexual offences, including rape, and the accused remained of good character after trial.
  • R v B – Representing a Defendant who was charged with a section 18 GBH, regarding a charge involving prison violence and who was acquitted.
  • R v W – A prosecution of a dangerous driving and GBH case whereby a Highway Officer was injured and the case ended with a guilty verdict.
  • R v I – Prosecution of health and safety offences which posed a serious risk to Public Health.
  • R v I – Defending a person charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Despite being found in possession and having previous convictions for possession with intent to supply, and this being know to the jury, the jury acquitted.
  • R v M – Successful defence of a person charged with serious cruelty to animals.
  • R v O – Acted in a case for a well known film director whereby a driving ban was avoided.

FAMILY

As a natural link with the work Robert does in crime, he also accepts instructions in a range of Family Law matters.

CIVIL

Robert practiced as a litigator for a first tier Legal 500 firm for a number of years.


Education

Bournemouth University

BVC, Bristol UWE

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