Robert has a broad junior commercial chancery practice, evenly divided between trusts, probate, and contentious estates disputes, and general commercial and aviation litigation. He regularly appears in court in his own right, as well as taking instructions as junior counsel and enjoys working as part of a team.
Robert is often instructed in cases with an international aspect, which he combines with his domestic practice. As well as appearing regularly in the County Court and High Court, he has significant experience of litigating trusts and probate issues before the Family Court. Examples of Robert’s current and recent work include:
- Sabbagh v Khoury & ors (ongoing): Robert is a member of the counsel team representing the sons of the late Hassib Sabbagh in a c. USD 600 million claim brought by their sister in the Commercial Court.
- Re a small self-administered scheme (ongoing): Robert is instructed as part of a team of trusts, pension and tax counsel in relation to the recovery of the assets of an English pension scheme from various offshore structures promoted by a firm of tax advisers.
- The Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International  EWHC 2530 (Ch): Robert was instructed as a junior member of the counsel team for the LIA’s claim against Goldman Sachs in the Chancery Division in relation to a series of derivative investments entered into before the 2011 revolution. The case was described by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2016.
- Tanir v Tanir  EWHC 3363 (QB),  4 WLR 8: Robert acted as sole counsel in an action to enforce a Turkish judgment in England and Wales at common law. The case has clarified the mandatory terms of CPR r. 13.2 requiring the Court to set aside default judgment where the Court office had failed to serve the claim form.
- JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev: Robert was instructed to assist in an application to discharge a freezing injunction obtained by the liquidator of a Russian bank.
Robert has been instructed in relation to litigation in the DIFC in Dubai, Jersey, the Isle of Man, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. He enjoys delivering talks and seminars on topics relating to his practice, examples of which can be seen on this page.
After reading for his first degree in English, Robert completed a doctorate in Old Icelandic law and literature. He taught at Oxford before coming to the Bar.
Areas of experience
- BA English (1st; top of year), Pembroke College, Oxford
- MSt (Distinction), DPhil, St John’s College, Oxford
- GDL (Distinction), LLB (1st), BPTC (Outstanding), City University London
Scholarships and Prizes
- Barstow Scholarship (City University)
- David Karmel and Birkenhead Awards (Gray’s Inn)
- North Senior Scholarship (St John’s College)
- Research Council Doctoral Studentship
- Griffiths Memorial Scholarship (St John’s College)
- Gibbs Prize (University of Oxford)
- Levick Prize and Domus Scholarships (Pembroke College)
- Chancery Bar Association
- Commercial Bar Association
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
Talks and Seminars
Topics of Robert’s recent talks and lectures include:
- Digital Assets and Probate (November 2018)
- Subject access requests and litigation (May/September 2018)
- Variation of Trusts (XXIV Geneva Conference 2016)
- Punitive Damages under the law of the DIFC (XXIV Dubai Conference 2016)
- Donationes mortis causa for ConTrA (May 2016)
- Consumer aviation law training for CEDR adjudicators (March 2016)
- Penalty clauses after Cavendish and ParkingEye (March 2016)