Robert has experience of multi-day trials in connection with: unfair dismissal; whistle-blowing; discrimination because of disability, sex and race; harassment; unlawful deduction of wages; and wrongful dismissal.

He also acts in pre-trial hearings such as applications for interim relief and case management hearings.

Robert has given talks about: applications for interim relief under Section 128 of the ERA 1996; and TUPE 2006.

He has written articles about: the defence of “lock-out” and “strike action”; paid leave for parents in surrogacy arrangements; and the Simmons v Castle uplift in the context of the employment tribunal.

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Notable Cases

Re Timmins
Successful in application to strike out £40,000+ credit hire claim following a series of procedural breaches.

Re Podkowka
Successful in fatal accident claim on behalf of the deceased's son and her estate. Settled claim for £125,000 following receipt of accident reconstruction evidence.

Re McArdle
Successful for claimant who fell from a hotel window suffering a nasty injury to his head, teeth and jaw. Robert advised the claimant to wait to issue proceedings until after the result of James v The White Lion Hotel [2021] EWCA Civ 31, the result of which paved the way for a successful settlement.

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Coakley v CF Support Services Ltd
Acted for the Respondent in a 5-day trial in the Employment Tribunal. Claim involved allegations of protected disclosures and constructive dismissal following detrimental treatment. Judgment awaited.

Re Mr U
Successful for the Claimant in a case involving an ankle dislocation injury. Settled for a sum in excess of £100,000. Main issues included: (1) need for orthotics; (2) risk of degenerative arthritis; (3) future surgery; and (4) future loss of earnings.

Re Mr P
Successful for the Claimant in a case involving amputation injuries to the fingertips of the right hand. Defendant abandoned allegations of contributory negligence. Claim settled for £100,000 following receipt of expert prosthetics evidence.

Re Mr Reeves
Successful for the Claimant passenger in a claim against the insurer of the deceased driver. Main issues included: (1) contributory negligence, as the driver's toxicology test revealed the presence of cocaine and 3x the legal alcohol limit; and (2) future loss stemming from a moderate traumatic brain injury. Settled for a sum in excess of £1m gross of contributory negligence.

Samuel v SCF
Acted for the Respondent (SCF) in a 6-day Employment Tribunal hearing. Resisted claims of victimisation and discrimination because of race. Compensation for unfair dismissal reduced by 25% because of contributory fault.

Re Newman
Successful for the Claimant in a claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. The Claimant's husband died when his car span off the motorway in bad weather and following a collision with another car. Proceedings issued against multiple drivers and the Highways Agency as insufficient drainage had led to hazardous levels of standing water on the motorway.

CPA Consulting Ltd v SV Croydon Ltd
In the Insolvency and Companies Court, Robert successfully resisted SVC's application to restrain CPA from petitioning for a winding-up order against SVC. The key issue was whether part of the sum claimed in CPA's statutory demand was admitted, and therefore whether SVC was "deemed" unable to pay its debts under Section 123(1)(a) of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Turner v (1) Alno UK Ltd (2) SJM Kitchens
Acted for the Claimant (“C”) in ET and EAT proceedings (UKEAT/0349/15/DA). The case concerned whether or not C’s employment had TUPE-transferred from R2 to R1. R1 appealed the judge’s decision at a preliminary hearing that there had been a TUPE transfer from to R1. In the EAT, HHJ Richardson praised the “excellent, focussed oral submissions…” of Counsel.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Eastham Pupillage Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • William Frend Prize in Theology (University of Nottingham)
  • Andrew Lee Jones Award (Amicus)

Education & Qualifications

  • BPTC, Kaplan Law School (Very Competent) (2011)
  • GDL, Kaplan Law School (Commendation) (2009)
  • MA, University of Nottingham (Distinction) (2008)
  • BA, University of Nottingham (First Class, 1st place in year) (2007)

Personal Interests

Outside work, Robert enjoys cooking (followed by eating it), good food and drink, golf, jogging, and an eclectic range of music.