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‘Tenaciously brilliant, combined with sound practical advice - Legal 500 2019

Robert is recognised as a leading junior in Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He has been described by clients as being “extremely bright”, an “excellent advocate” and “great in conference”.

Recent highlights in Robert’s practice have included his ongoing participation in two high profile inquests: the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy (as junior to Fiona Barton QC) and the re-opened inquest into the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings (as junior to Jeremy Johnson QC).

Robert likes to bring a pragmatic and problem-solving approach to his cases; he has been praised for his ability to adapt to the needs of his clients.

Inquests:
Robert has experience of acting for clients in inquests in a variety of different circumstances. He has been involved in cases considering deaths following restraint, cases in which the response of NHS bodies was challenged, and cases following deaths in custody. Robert has acted in a large number of high-profile inquests (including many heard by juries) and has been particularly praised by clients for his handling of sensitive issues.

Data Protection:
Robert has been working on Data Protection and Information Law issues for more than a decade. He appreciates the concerns that arise under the GDPR, the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act 2018 and is good at finding practical and workable solutions. He has a detailed understanding of the particular challenges that arise when personal data is held on cloud based storage.
Robert aims to prevent data protection concerns becoming overwhelming by assisting his clients to have rigorous systems in place.
Robert is particularly able to a assist with:
- Responding to requests made under the GDPR (including subject access requests and requests for deletion or rectification).
- Consideration of the manner in which personal data is held on a cloud or as part of networked infrastructure.
- Acting in Information Rights cases in the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and High Court.
- Assessing potential data breaches and advising on whether the Information Commissioner ought to be notified.
- Assisting with the design of privacy notices, Data Protection policies and Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs).

Administrative Law and Human Rights:
Robert has a long-standing interest in Public Law. He has been instructed to act in many applications for judicial review, and frequently appears in the Administrative Court. He regularly acts in cases related to information sharing, conditions in custody and police decision making. He also has an extensive knowledge of cases arising from decision making in healthcare settings.
Robert prides himself on his approachable manner and his ability to find creative solutions to his clients' problems.

Robert is willing to travel throughout the UK.

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