Rob is Head of Dispute Resolution and co-Head of the cross-practice Regulatory Investigations Group. He has been a partner at the firm for a decade, and has been litigating in the London market for 20 years.
Rob specialises in the most complex commercial cases passing through the Commercial Court and Chancery Division and leads on the firm's clients' most sensitive internal and regulatory investigations.
He was the firm's lead partner on the investigations conducted in relation to the Bank of England into, respectively, FX and liquidity auctions from the time of the financial crisis. These investigations, spanning 2013-2017, one of which involved the Bank being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, have been unique in their complexity and sensitivity. He was also one of the partners who acted on the Deutsche Bank v Sebastian Holdings case, which was at its time the largest case passing through the Commercial Court culminating in a lengthy trial.
More generally, Rob's practice covers a wide range of contentious work including mainstream financial institutions disputes, driven by his relationships with investment and clearing banks and other financial institutions.
Recent and current cases include:
- leading the Travers Smith team advising (with Lord Grabiner QC) the Oversight Committee of the Bank of England in connection with its investigation into the role of Bank officials in relation to conduct issues in the foreign exchange market
- representing Sebastian Holdings Inc. in its multi-billion dollar claim in the Commercial Court against Deutsche Bank arising from a series of exotic derivatives transactions
- a multi-million pound claim brought by several former shareholders of a major UK company alleging deceit, conspiracy and breach of duty by various former directors
- advising London Mining plc in disputes with its joint venture partner in investments in China
- representing a major hedge fund in an FSA investigation into alleged insider dealing and market abuse
Rob is ranked in Chambers UK, and is described as "everything you could want in a City solicitor", "a class act", "very experienced", "a fantastic litigator who provides clear and commercially sensible advice" and who "has a very good manner with clients". In Legal 500 UK he is described as a "rising star", "an ideal litigation lawyer - committed but experienced with excellent judgement" with commenters stating that he is "excellent", "calm, practical and incisive" and "excels at handling investigations involving senior executives and traders within financial institutions".