MA in Jurisprudence, dual qualified as a Solicitor and Barrister, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies. Accredited Adjudicator and Registered Mediator. Commercial trainer on legal/contractual issues.
Rob is a well-respected construction lawyer and Adjudicator with many years’ experience of resolving engineering and construction disputes. His approach to Adjudication is based on clear, sensible timetabling, and pro-active case management. He seeks to uphold adjudication as a rapid and cost effective process, and will avoid delays and extensions whenever possible.
Chambers’ directory of leading lawyers recently stated: “He offers vast experience handling complex construction disputes and is well versed in all forms of litigation and ADR. "The strength of Robert’s sector-specific knowledge and understanding of technical disputes translates to fast, accurate and constructive legal advice," notes an impressed client.”
Rob brings a thorough and analytical approach to legal issues, based on fairness and a close examination of the issues, but rooted by real world experiences, ranging from working as a plater’s mate in the shipyards on the Tyne while at University to much later being Senior Partner of a commercial law firm.
In addition to drafting many contracts, Rob has resolved a wide range of construction disputes relating to hospitals, offices, hotels, apartment blocks, housing estates, shopping malls, domestic homes and retail premises; together with process plant, incinerators, pharmaceutical and chemical plants, pressure vessels and associated civil and structural engineering works.
His legal experience of engineering projects and disputes includes oil and gas fabrication, power stations, wind turbines, LNG storage and transportation, nuclear decommissioning, biomass, energy from waste, electricity supply, large raised reservoirs, piling, port installations, and major subsea electricity cables.
Valuation and delay claims concerning rope access on a major building in London, subject to German substantive law;
a framework agreement for nationwide repair of electrical installations;
claims and counter-claims over a convertor station for a major international electricity supply line.
He is particularly experienced in resolving complex procedural and jurisdictional challenges.
Rob is also experienced in Dispute Adjudication Board work under the FIDIC forms and cross-refers his extensive experience in national and international arbitration. He is additionally a CMC Registered Mediator, (42 mediations, 95% success rate). Rob presently works as a consultant construction lawyer, adjudicator, mediator and trainer.