Call: 1986 QC: 2001
A “Top-rate silk” who “prides himself on sorting the wheat from the chaff and identifying the issues that are worth pursuing”, Roger has a mixed national and international commercial practice specialising in professional liability, construction, insurance and re-insurance. He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in high-value and sensitive disputes.
Roger has been described in the Directories as “another great example of sheer brilliance…His wide practice covers general professional negligence claims as well as construction claims, all of which he handles with ‘natural ease and the greatest of style’”; “If something looks like it might turn into a fight he’s your man”; "Every word he says counts"; "a modern silk: he's straightforward, courteous and clever" whose "top reputation has led to him being instructed on some of the highest-profile cases that have been fought"; as being able to “articular the most complex concepts with simplicity and brevity”; “a deeply impressive performer”; “a razor-sharp and formidable opponent”; “tenacious; “very commercial” and as being quite simply one of the best [cross-examiners] I have ever seen.”
Roger has particular expertise in relation to large disputes in the Middle East. He has acted in relation to disputes for and against Governments in the Region as well as in relation to substantial private sector projects. His experience extends to B.O.T. contracts in the energy sector as well as traditional contracts. He has particular experience of the operation of nominated sub-contracts and the problems in relation thereto.
He is with John Powell Q.C. one of the two general editors of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability (Sweet & Maxwell, 6th Edition 2007) and has been an editor since the 3rd Edition (1992). He has twice been awarded the Chambers & Partners Professional Negligence Silk of the Year (in 2007 and 2010). He is a Recorder and appointed to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Technology and Construction Court.
Roger is an established and extremely experienced leader who has undertaken some of the highest profile disputes across a number of fields in recent years. He is the Senior Bench Auditor of the Inner Temple responsible for overseeing their finances and was for some years a director of the Bar Mututal Indemnity Fund. He is member of the PNBA, Combar, Tecbar, LCLCBA, the LCIA and the South-Eastern Circuit.
M.A. LLM (Cantab)