- Called: 1971
Robert is an established practitioner in a variety of fields, handling cases of high value and complexity.
His approach is to look for a solution which avoids litigation and thereby limits costs. If a trial is unavoidable, he is equipped by considerable experience and expertise for that.
He has an approachable manner not only with clients but also with opponents. This, combined with a conscientious approach to the mastery of the facts, helps both in the negotiating process and should matters come to trial.
In most of his cases he is instructed on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis.
He is available to be instructed on a direct access basis.
His practice embraces personal injury, clinical negligence, inheritance (family provision), also solicitors’ and barristers’ negligence in these and other fields.
Robert is a graduate of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. On entry to the Bar he was awarded the Treasurer’s Prize by the Inner Temple.
Reid v. Reid  1 FLR 736 (Wilson J.)
Appealing out of time following the death of opposing party
Laing v. Laing  2 FLR 199 (President of the Family Division)
Variation of periodical payments, payer stopping paying, application to vary stayed pending restoration of payments
Newman v. Laver  EWCA 1135 (Court of Appeal 31st July 2006)
Judge’s reliance in a personal injury case on burden of proof (Pickford v. ICI  1 WLR 1189 considered)
Gough and Another v. Mummery (Court of Appeal 14th October 2002)
Adjournment of personal injury trial, expert evidence
Melleney v. Winwright (Court of Appeal 3rd December 1997)
Contributory negligence of child running out in front of car
March 2012 £4.7 million award in pre-cap Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case involving grave brain injury to young man.
August 2013 £500,000 24 year old ground worker. Back and urological sequelae. Back condition accelerated by 20 years.
August 2013 £1.2 million (reduced to £600,000 by agreed 50% contributory negligence) 53 year old senior manager. Multiple skull and facial fractures and a very severe traumatic brain injury. Left with significant residual physical and cognitive problems. Unable to work, in need of extensive care.
February 2014 £220,000 46 year old yardman. Rotator cuff tendon rupture in his (dominant) right shoulder. Diabetes preventing necessary surgery.
February 2014 £190,000 22 year old carpenter. Lost part of ring and little fingers on dominant hand in saw. Had to give up carpentry but resourceful and progressing well in caretaker’s job.
April 2014 £60,000 59-year-old woman slipped and fell into gap between platform on ocean-going liner and tender, due to negligence of crew. Judgment after trial of liability. Damages agreed subject to liability, for de-gloving injury to leg and shoulder injury.
August 2014 £4.6 million 33-year-old tetraplegic man injured in RTA. Issues surrounding seat-belt use and knowledge of drinking by Defendant. Compromised.
August 2014 £80,000 47 year old farm worker, injured back in RTA. Liability admitted. Had to give up farm work. Long-term risk to future in any work.
January 2015 £335,000 (less one-third for contributory negligence) 62 year old woman knocked over by bicycle. Moderate brain injury with permanent sequelae impairing marriage and ability to do cleaning work.
August 2015 £165,000 (after 10 % contributory negligence) 44-year-old prisoner injured back in successive accidents, leading to long-term disability and psychiatric issues.
September 2015 £75,000 50-year-old garage owner struck on head by shutter suddenly closing on his head at supermarket. Ongoing disability in neck impeding work and amongst other things mountaineering.
October 2015 £325,000 49-year-old dredger owner injured shoulder in fall in supermarket car park. Long-term disability requiring him to employ replacement skipper.
December 2015 £600,000 (after 15% reduction for contributory negligence) 64-year-old painter fell off ladder, suffering severe traumatic brain injury, fractured vertebra and shoulder. Long-term support worker/case manager needs.
December 2015 £55,000 55-year old classroom assistant tripped over hole in road fracturing tibia and fibula. Significant long-term disability. Substantial care claims.
March 2017 £120,000 53-year-old sports teacher. Damaged knee in hole in playing-field while refereeing. Prolonged treatment and more to come with risk to employment.
May 2013 £500,000 Failure to diagnose epidural abscess in 66 year old man leading to significant spastic quadraparesis and wheel-chair dependency.
November 2013 £190,000 Use of hypotensive anaesthetic technique on 64 year old man during orthopaedic surgery, leading to prolonged low blood pressure and as a consequence to bilateral severe anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy and near total blindness. Agreed 50/50 chances on liability and causation.
July 2014 £40,000 49-year-old woman. Breast reduction surgery failed calamitously. Alleged no warnings as to possibility of failure. Liability disputed.
August 2014 £200,000 42-year-old woman. Suffered stroke, not diagnosed, through (admitted) breach of duty, for 6 days. Investigated in the meantime for various life-threatening conditions. Cross-questioned about her sex life (within hearing of family), in case she was suffering from an S.T.D. Though made full recovery from stroke, suffered Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as result of mistreatment, and still suffering 7 years on; her case that she would not work and needed lifelong help. Compromised on eve of trial.
May 2016 £675,000 46-year-old business manager in the motor trade assaulted to the head. Seen at hospital and by succession of GPs who failed to set in train appropriate investigations. In due course subdural haemhorraging found. Because of prolonged raised intracranial pressure, permanent grave damage done to his vision, also serious psychological sequelae triggered. Qualified admission of liability. Causation and quantum in issue in every particular. Claim settled 7 years after breaches of duty.
He is a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association and London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
Robert is a trustee of a hospital and 8 outreach health centres in Bhopal, India. The hospital and centres were built for and now serve the half million permanently damaged victims of the Gas Tragedy of 1984, and the hospital has recently become one of only 6 post-graduate institutes in India and the first in central India. His commitment to the cause has taken him to India more than 75 times in the last 18 years.