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).

Areas of Expertise

Costs
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“He’s 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, 2016 (Leading Junior, Costs).

‘Great attention to detail and very knowledgeable’ – Legal 500, 2015 (Leading Junior, Costs).

Robert is a specialist in all areas of costs law.  He is also an expert on the law concerning the funding of litigation.  He has been instructed in a range of high profile cases in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Senior Courts Costs Office and the County Courts.

His practice includes: costs issues arising from high value litigation; conditional fee agreements and contingency fee agreements; commercial funding for substantial disputes; legal expenses insurance and ‘after the event’ insurance premiums; fixed costs; costs budgets and estimates; costs capping; as well as wasted and non-party costs orders.

Robert has considerable experience in advising on the effect and implications of the recent changes to the rules concerning the recoverability of costs.

He acts for a wide range of clients including PLCs and public bodies, solicitors, major insurers, funders, claims management companies and individuals.

Robert is often brought into major litigation to advise and present submissions on specific costs issues.

He provides strategic advice on matters of commercial importance to insurers, solicitors and others involved with the management and funding of litigation.

Robert also undertakes drafting work, in particular conditional fee agreements, general retainer documentation, and agreements for the transfer of legal business between different firms.

Disciplinary
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Robert practises in areas of professional regulation and discipline that relate to costs and litigation funding.

He has particular experience of issues that arise in relation to claims referrals, costs recovery and public funding.

Robert has appeared in the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and the Administrative Court.

Claims Management
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Robert is also an expert in the law relating to the claims management industry.  This includes insurance, consumer credit and other regulatory issues.

He advises several claims management and credit hire companies strategically.

Robert frequently appears in court to argue the issues, often where there is a point of general importance.

Professional Liability
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Robert has a growing practice in solicitors’ negligence claims which relate to costs issues.

He acts and advises in disputes where costs claims are met with allegations of poor service; and in claims which concern advice given on appropriate funding arrangements, disputes about the adequacy and effect of estimates provided and alleged conflicts of interest.

Qualifications & Memberships

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.

Publications

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