Robert handles a wide range of shipping and commodities disputes in both London and International Arbitration (under LMAA, LCIA, GAFTA ICC, and SIAC rules) and before the Courts of England & Wales. Robert is regularly instructed on behalf of P&I Clubs, Owners, Charterers and traders, and has gained valuable industry experience in undertaking two periods of secondment with a leading International Group P&I Club overseas.
Robert specialises in all aspects of shipping and has significant experience of providing assistance as issues arise as well as advising and the full spectrum of shipping disputes including claims for hire, freight and demurrage, bunker quality disputes, cargo claims (including dangerous cargo and recoveries under the Interclub Agreement), Bill of Lading (including misdelivery), shipbuilding, collision and General Average disputes.
The majority of Robert’s cases are determined in London Arbitration but recent examples include acting for the successful Respondent Charterers in an unsafe berth dispute, including the use of reconstructive AIS data to establish the movement of vessels in Port, in the absence of VDR data, acting for the Charterers in respect of a declaration of General Average following a main engine breakdown and acting for the successful Owners in a large demurrage dispute.
In addition to Robert’s core practice in handling shipping disputes, Robert frequently advises clients with disputes arising under Commodities Sale and Purchase Contracts, both when disputes arise independently under the Commodities Contract and as part of wider disputes arising under contracts of carriage, including as to the recoverability of hedging losses.
In handling both shipping and commodities disputes, Robert is experienced in obtaining and resisting interlocutory relief in the form of anti-suit and freezing injunctions from the Courts.
Robert has experience of managing litigation on behalf of Clients in other jurisdictions and successfully obtaining security and enforcing Arbitration Awards and Judgments on behalf of Clients around the world, including by the arrest of vessels and piercing the corporate veil.
Robert joined Winter Scott in 2009, where he completed his training and gained experience as an Assistant Solicitor before becoming an Associate in 2017.
Robert read History at the University of Leeds and completed his legal studies at the College of Law in London.