Robert's practice encompasses high value personal injury and clinical negligence work together with health professions' regulatory. He was deputy head of the personal injury and clinical negligence group in his former set.
Outside of work Robert enjoys cross-country running, albeit he finds it takes him ever longer to cover ever shorter distances. He is kept amply occupied and amused by his three young children.
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Robert's high level personal injury practice and his regulatory medical professional disciplinary practice dovetail perfectly with his clinical negligence practice.
Robert has experience of representing both claimants and defendants where clinical practice is in issue. He is very familiar with the workings of medical institutions and clinical practices. He has extensive experience of cross-examining experts on highly technical points of medical procedure. He is able to analyse and marshal high volumes of information to great effect. His insightful and realistic approach is highly regarded by his professional and lay clients alike.
Failure to obtain informed consent prior to undertaking surgery.
Alleged failure to advise as to the material risks inherent in a procedure, which subsequently materialised.
Alleged premature and unjustified recommendation, and then performance, of a surgical procedure.
Alleged neglect of an elderly patient in hospital, leading to her death.
Alleged failure to treat a debilitating condition due to failings in a hospital’s administrative system.
Alleged failure to diagnose a condition following surgical procedure, leading to subsequent hospitalization and surgery.
Alleged negligent performance of an operative procedure requiring remedial fusion of the ankle.
Alleged negligent and unnecessary treatment causing significant injury to an otherwise healthy limb.
Robert has advised and represented clients with a great amount of success before a wide range of professional disciplinary bodies. He has appeared before the General Dental Council, the General Chiropractic Council, the General Osteopathic Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has appeared before both conduct and competence committees and health committees. He sat as a legal assessor to the NMC for a number of years.
Robert's recent cases include allegations involving:
Robert provides an insightful attention to detail coupled with well balanced judgment to any matter in which he is instructed. His style of advocacy and his manner in dealing with both opponents and panels is both precise and persuasive. He is adept at both marshalling and countering expert evidence. His practical user friendly approach is well received by clients.
Robert acts for claimants and defendants across the full range of personal injury work. His busy practice includes advising and representing clients in road traffic accidents, accidents at work, fatal accidents, occupiers’ liability, highways claims, CICA applications and appeals, claims involving the MIB and low velocity impact cases. He is fully conversant with claims involving allegations of fraud and cases involving credit hire.
A lot of Robert's work is high value and much of it complex. Robert has a particular expertise in cases involving motorcycles, claims involving horses and construction accidents. Robert’s recent cases include:
Robert has extensive experience of inquests arising from deaths in a wide range of circumstances.
Many of the inquests in which Robert has acted were complex and lengthy, involving a number of interested parties and witnesses. Robert is well used to acting in inquests that involve a potential for criminal prosecution for serious offences and/or a large shadow civil claim. He is well able to navigate his clients through the significant media attention many of these cases attract.
Robert’s clear and persuasive style of advocacy enables him to represent his clients best interests in manner that is both effective and appropriate for the setting. His user-friendly approach has been particularly appreciated by the bereaved families for whom he has acted.