Rob’s specialist practice is a mixture of:
He has experience of the full spectrum of serious injuries, especially brain, spinal, obstetric and orthopaedic injuries of the utmost severity, including amputation. Fatal claims are also a particular area of expertise.
During 2015, Rob was involved in Hicks v Young  EWHC 1144, a groundbreaking authority in intentional torts and Ramirez v Nature Port Reception Facilities Ltd, a complex fatal accident claim involving a challenge to the prevailing discount rate in Gibraltar, where he acted alone against Leading Counsel.
Rob is instructed in catastrophic claims either as sole counsel or with Leading Counsel, for example as a team for JSM or trial. During the last year or so, he has worked alongside Robert Glancy QC, Stephen Killalea QC and Rob Weir QC.
Rob also has a strong reputation in international personal injury and is instructed where there has been a serious accident or fatality abroad and in large group actions on behalf of disappointed holiday makers.
The leading legal directories have ranked Rob as a leading junior since 2009 (see 'Recommendations' below). Most recently, in the 2016 edition of Chambers UK, he was recommended as "a good strategic thinker" with "an instinct for working out how things are going to play out". Previous editions have described Rob as "well prepared", "thoroughly committed" and "very good with clients".
Frequently instructed on cases concerning chronic pain, fatal accidents and orthopaedic injuries. He is also noted for his expertise in cases involving injuries abroad. Strengths: "He's a good strategic thinker. He can look at a case in context and risk-assess in a way that is far beyond his call." "He's got an instinct for working out how things are going to play out." Recent work: Obtained a £299,000 award on behalf of the claimant in Haynes v Printcloths, a fully contested chronic pain dispute. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2016
"He is very professional and nothing is too much trouble." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
A well-regarded large loss/severe injury practitioner who excels in accidents that involve spinal trauma, complex regional pain or amputations. He also undertakes CICA claims and is mainly instructed by the leading personal injury firms. Expertise: "His opinions are really thorough and detailed, and he thinks about all the issues, not just the ones you have identified for him to consider." "He is also very good with clients, works really hard, and is very thorough and well prepared." Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a high-value motor claim where catastrophic spinal damage was sustained. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2015
Described as "strong on quantum and descisive on liability". - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2014
Known to be "thoroughly committed to his cases." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014
An “exceptionally promising junior" who "sees the woods from the trees in getting to the issues at the heart of a case". - Legal 500 2011
“A ferocious work rate and superb analytical skills”. - Legal 500 2010
"Abilities and qualities add to the strength-in-depth of Devereux Chambers". - Legal 500 2009
Rob is one of only 30 junior barristers recommended by the Spinal Injuries Association on its approved list of catastrophic injury barristers and one of only 3 called in or after 2000.
Rob accepts instructions in almost all areas of personal injury work. He is presently instructed in accidents at work, asbestos-related litigation, accidents abroad and various public liability claims. He has particular expertise in fatal accident claims.
Rob has a busy road traffic practice. He is involved in accidents that have led to fatality, amputation, or other serious injury, or where there are issues relating to the liability of the MIB or road traffic insurer.
He has successfully concluded multiple head injury claims, those for amputees and many other maximum severity cases.
Rob has also received instructions on behalf of high earning claimants. Recent clients have included a Pilot, Professor, Consultant Surgeon and Investment Banker.
Rob does not accept instructions in claims with a value below £100,000, unless there is a particularly interesting point of law or procedure. He would expect to act without a leader in the vast majority of sub-catastrophic cases.
Some examples of recent work:
Rob has acted in medical and dental negligence claims. He is instructed by many of the major firms including Irwin Mitchell, Pattinson & Brewer and others.
Rob has particular experience in:
Recent notable cases include:
Chambers UK 2016 singled out Rob as a barrister noted for his expertise in cases involving injuries abroad.
Rob is comfortable with the full range of jurisdictional issues and has acted in cases involving disputes arising from, for example, direct rights of action against a foreign insurer, service out of the jurisdiction, and choice of law contests.
In group actions, Rob enjoys rolling up his sleeves and working in a team with his Solicitors. He is experienced in relation to accidents at sea and in resorts.
Some examples of notable cases include:
Rob is a member of TATLA.
Rob has received instructions in multiple brain injury claims, ranging from catastrophic injury to subtle brain injury and post-concussion syndrome.
Rob is in demand as Junior Counsel in catastrophic brain injury claims. He is distinguished by having been led by every personal injury Silk in Chambers.
Some examples of Rob's recent work (instructed as sole counsel):
Rob is one of only 30 junior barristers recommended by the Spinal Injuries Association on its approved list of catastrophic injury barristers and is one of only 3 called in or after 2000.
Rob is distinguished by having been led by every personal injury silk in Chambers.
Some recent examples of Rob's caseload include:
A small but significant part of Rob's practice is acting in personal injury or clinical claims which went awry due to the alleged negligence of previous legal representatives. He accepts instructions for Claimants and Defendants.
Rob has acted in a number of claims where there has been a failure to arrange appropriate legal expenses insurance. Other claims have included missed limitation (on behalf of Claimants and Defendants) and alleged under-settlement.
Rob lectures when invited. Last year he delivered a 3-part series on quantum. This year he has spoken on fatal accidents, disclosure, brain injury (in a clincial negligence context) and covert surveillance. Appropriately enough, the latter was the subject of his first webinar.
Gray's Inn - Approved Pupil Supervisor
Lee Essay Competition Winner (Pupillage)
Steen Award from Gray's Inn (BVC)
RG Donaldson Award (University)
Bar Vocational Course, Manchester
BA Hons Law and Government, University of Manchester
Music - mainly modern jazz from the 1950s/1960s and this century. Pop and electronica also feature in Rob's Schedule-drafting soundtrack
Family and fresh air - ideally at the same time.