An English qualified lawyer, Robert has been in the UAE since December 2006 and has wide-ranging experience of dispute resolution. Robert has particular expertise advising on complex disputes centred around the marine and offshore industry, where he has gained significant experience dealing with disputes arising from EPC contracts, offshore incidents (collisions, allisions, rig punch-throughs and fires) as well as ship building and ship conversion projects. His clients include oil companies, rig and vessel owners, offshore service contractors, commodity traders, ports & terminal operators, shipyards and marine insurers.
As well as litigating before the English High Court and various courts throughout the GCC, including the DIFC and the Dubai World Tribunal, Robert regularly acts as counsel in both local and international recognised arbitral forums including the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA. Robert also has experience in matters ancillary to arbitration, including obtaining freezing injunctions, obtaining and defending security for costs orders, as well as both enforcing awards and challenging defective awards.
In addition to acting for clients in the UAE Robert spends significant time servicing clients in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Azerbaijan, which is reflected through him being listed by various international legal directories, including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, for his work in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Robert is ranked in and noted as “a very good lawyer” in Chambers & Partners, while he has been described in Legal 500 as "impress[ing] with his grasp of the key issues and assessment of how far to go in negotiations" and a source of “good, calm and practical advice”.
Rig punch-through: Investigating and advising a marine service contractor on significant liabilities following the collapse of a jack-up rig in the Al Shaheen field, Qatar.
Subsea installation: Advising a subsea contractor on a US$65 million claim in relation to EOTS, variations, delay and disruption in connection with the construction of water injection pipelines in the North Field, Qatar.
Offshore Storage: Advising a consortium on the development and operation of an offshore floating storage facility at Mina Al Fahal, Oman.
Collision: Advising on and representing ship-owners in multiple court proceedings (civil and criminal) arising from a collision outside Fujairah port anchorage, UAE resulting in significant oil pollution giving rise to claims valued at circa US$24 million.
Allision: Advising a charterer on a US$30 million claim following an allision with an oil well in the Safaniya field, Saudi Arabia.
Charterparty: Acting for charterers in LMAA arbitration proceedings in relation to a US$75 million claim following a repudiatory breach of a long term time charter for the non-payment of hire.
Oil: Advising a Dubai Government owned oil company in multi-jurisdictional proceedings before the English and UAE Courts, including freezing injunctions and contempt of court orders, in relation to a US$400 million trade dispute.
Rice: Advising on and representing a UAE bank in five LMAA arbitrations in trading disputes following the collapse of a prominent UAE commodity trader.
Coal: Advising a Russian coal trader before an LMAA tribunal in relation to a pricing dispute under a long-term supply contract.
Shipbuilding: Acting for a UAE ship-owner and its subrogated H&M insurers in a dispute with a Dutch shipyard over the design and construction of high-speed rescue craft. The dispute was valued at circa US$5 million and was litigated under ICC arbitration rules.
Conversion: Acting for a UAE ship-owner in a dispute with a UAE shipyard under a conversion contract for a cable-laying vessel. The dispute was valued at circa US$44 million and was litigated under DIAC arbitration rules.
Ship-lift: Acting for a UAE shipyard in relation to an EPC contract dispute with a consortium following the collapse of a floating dry-dock. The dispute was valued at circa US$11 million and was litigated under DIAC arbitration rules.
H&M: Advising H&M insurers on a high profile casualty following the total loss of a livestock carrier and its forty-three crew.
SRL: Advising and defending ship repair liability insurers in relation to both civil and criminal proceedings following a series of explosions on board an oil tanker as it was undergoing repairs at Fujairah anchorage, UAE.
PAR: Advising PAR insurers in multi-jurisdictional proceedings before the English High Court and the Dubai World Tribunal in relation to a US$24 million claim following the collapse of an onshore gantry crane.
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales
Registered Part II practitioner before the DIFC Courts