Robert grew up in the North East, attending the Durham Choristers school, and the Newcastle Royal Grammar School. He graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in law in 1981 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1984. He became a Partner at Samuel Phillips in 1989, before becoming Managing Partner in 2000. He is a Deputy District Judge and a Past President of Newcastle Law Society. He is an ACAS approved arbitrator.
He advises in relation to employment and shareholder disputes. He deals with contracts and discrimination claims, as well as advising business on methods of avoiding disputes. He also provides training on employment and business related matters; Having run a business for over a decade, he understands how it operates. He is experienced in Shareholder Agreements, LLP and Company Disputes and business transfers, whether as going concerns or insolvencies. Sadly, Robert confesses to anorak tendencies as regards TUPE.
He works within the Health and Education Sector. He has represented Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Police in employment related matters for a number of years. He has conducted a number of high profile discrimination claims. Robert is part of the firms Academy Conversion Team, advising on TUPE, pensions and related issues.
Robert is married and has two children. He is a former rugby player and rugby coach. He is a keen rugby supporter, and, when time permits, a keen hill walker. He is a local school governor.
All of the above combine to give him an active interest in fine wines.