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Robert Marven

Call: 1994

Robert is a specialist in all aspects of the law of costs and litigation funding.  He has been instructed in a range of high profile cases and he is often brought into major litigation to deal with specific costs issues.  He provides strategic advice on matters of commercial importance to all involved with the costs and funding of litigation.

Robert also advises on related issues of professional regulation and discipline.

Robert has a growing practice in associated areas of commercial and professional negligence work.  He advises on litigation funding for major commercial disputes, and he acts in substantial disputes concerning legal expenses insurance, as well as solicitors’ negligence claims that concern costs issues.

Robert is also an expert in the law relating to the claims management industry. 

Robert is ranked as a leading Costs junior by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Chambers & Partners 2016 describe him as “a go-to for many instructing solicitors” and "an impressive advocate, who produces excellent written work and shows great attention to detail""he has that well informed approach that the clients and costs judges lap up."  Chambers & Partners 2015 say "He's very much the iron fist in the velvet glove." “The nice thing about working with him is he gives you confidence in what you're doing. He always comes out and expresses his opinion.” In addition the the Legal 500 2016 says he has “great attention to detail and very knowledgeable”.  The Legal 500 2015 describes him as "very helpful in putting a good case together”"great attention to detail and very knowledgeable". Chambers & Partners 2014 describes him as “a great asset to any costs team”. Chambers & Partners 2012 says Robert is “an astute and specialised performer with an intricate knowledge of costs law” and “level-headed and approaches cases with good commercial sense”. The Legal 500 2013 says he is “good on paper and in court” and the Legal 500 2012 refers to his“excellent service” and “invaluable knowledge of the specialist costs rules”. It has also been said that “there seems to be nothing he doesn’t know about the subject” (Chambers & Partners 2011), he has “excellent attention to detail with an eye for the wider context” (Legal 500 2011), he is “bright, articulate and has a strong command of the subject” (Chambers & Partners 2008). Robert “stands out for his appearances in the Court of Appeal in Sulaman v Axa and Direct Line and in two of the three test cases on the enforceability of the Law Society Accident Line Protect CFAs” (Legal 500 2010). He is “incredibly bright and has intricate knowledge of his subject matter” (Chambers & Partners 2010); he “combines intellectual rigour with practicality” and he “presents difficult cost issues in an attractive and nuanced way” (Legal 500 2009). Robert has also been recognised for his“outstanding technical knowledge and recall of case law” (Chambers & Partners 2009) and his “excellent and broad-based costs practice” (Legal 500 2008).

Robert is a member of the Commercial Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association and the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association.


MA (Cantab), Astbury Scholar of the Middle Temple.