Robert qualified as the youngest solicitor-advocate in the UK back in 2006. From 2007, he has practiced solely in the Crown Court defending in serious cases involving allegations of serious sexual abuse, drug conspiracy and serious violence. In 2016 Robert decided to cross qualify to the Bar of England and Wales where he began to develop his prosecution practice alongside his defence work. Given that Robert is always so busy in his defence practice, he prosecutes at Grade 2 presently, although his Grade 3 application is pending.
Robert is regularly requested to defend clients as a result of his proven track record as an approachable advocate who always makes time to hear his client.
Robert has extensive experience in defending serious offences across the full spectrum of criminality. In particular, Robert has developed specific experience in defending serious offences of rape and sexual abuse.
2022 – R v AP – NCA prosecution relating to people trafficking. Ongoing proceedings before Newcastle Crown Court.
2022 – R v JE – serious case of sexual abuse described in the preceding family proceedings as the largest sexual abuse case, in terms of volume and complexity, that the United Kingdom has ever seen. Led by Ms Lumsden QC in an ongoing case lasting some 2 years.
2022 – R v RS – 3 month trial before Teesside Crown Court alleging drug conspiracy. 7 defendants involved in the transport of multi kilo’s of cocaine form Liverpool into the Teesside area. The investigation was commenced following an arrest captured on the ITV series ‘police interceptors.
2021 – R v AB - defending in a drug conspiracy before Newcastle Crown Court brought about the now infamous ‘Encrochat hack’. The case involved complex legal argument relating to the admissibility of mobile phone inception from a European Country.
2020 – R v BC – defending in a 46 day trial before Bradford Crown Court. The case involved people trafficking from Slovakia into the UK and thereafter the victims being forced into slave labour.