- Property & Chancery
A civil barrister whose works focuses predominantly on property based disputes, Robert has particular expertise in traditional land, commercial property and residential landlord tenant matters.
Robert is co-author (with William Webster, also of 3PB), of the legal textbook “Restrictions on the Use of Land” (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, November 2016). The text is a 700 page volume which explores the various land law and planning restrictions which impact on the development potential of land assets. The book includes sections on: easements, restrictive covenants, public rights of way, assets of community value, village greens and selected elements of planning law. In the case of the latter the text focuses on the natural habitat, buildings of special interest and conservation areas.
Outside of Chambers, Robert has taught at the University of Warwick since 2011 and is pursuing further studies in history at Oxford University.
In addition to, possession and demotion claims, anti-social behaviour injunctions, committals and service charge disputes in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), Robert has experience of advising and dealing with public law and human rights defences to proceedings brought by Local Authorities and Registered Providers of Social Housing (both at first instance and on Appeal).
Robert is able to provide advice on tenancy agreements, policies and procedures. Recent work has included:
With the publication of “Restrictions on the use of land” (Wildy 2016), Robert has particular knowledge and experience in advising on land disputes, especially those involving:, public rights of way, easements, restrictive covenants and building schemes, applications to list buildings as assets of community value, village greens applications, adverse possession and boundary disputes.
During his pupillage Robert had extensive exposure to town country planning, including enforcement, judicial review and advice on appeal.
Recent cases have included:
Robert advises on all matters relating to commercial leases from simple s.25 notices and forfeiture to dilapidation claims in the High Court. He is able to provide advice on the interpretation and enforcement of leasehold covenants and rent reviews.
Recent work has included:
Harmsworth Scholar (Honourable Society of the Middle Temple)