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Robert Gibson

Partner - Employment and Business Lawyer

Direct Line: 0191 255 0212


Robert Gibson
Robert is an employment and business lawyer with twenty five years of experience in resolving employment disputes and business related problems. He specialises in complicated and sensitive matters, applying his experience as a managing partner, and his knowledge of business needs, to resolve disputes quickly and confidentially.

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.

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Office of Public Guardian – Reduced Registration Fees

April 12, 2017

In the midst of all the talk about the increase in Probate application fees, the Office of the Public Guardian (‘the OPG’) has decided to go against the grain with the welcome result of reducing fees. As of 1 April 2017, the OPG is reducing the registration fee for a Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’) […]

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Uber Ruling Drives at the Heart of the Gig Economy

October 28, 2016

 The recent ruling in favour of two taxi drivers could have far reaching consequences for the UK’s rapidly expanding “gig economy”. The Employment Tribunal delivered its decision Friday 28th October setting out that Uber, a business whose success is largely due to customers use of their smartphone app and engagement of self employed drivers; should […]

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