Dual-qualified as a barrister and a solicitor, Rob is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. And although he has taken many cases all the way to judgement and enforcement, he strongly believes that mediation is often a better way to resolve disputes. That’s because, he says, lateral thinking and the use of alternative methods can frequently help clients achieve a better balance of the risks and consequences of a conflict. His huge experience in this sector covers more than 140 mediations, conducted either as mediator or negotiator.
Not content with steering his many clients successfully through choppy waters, Rob, together with his wife and three boys, has been known to navigate long, technical sailing voyages across the North Sea to destinations such as Denmark or Norway. But more often than not they can be spotted anchored at Holy Island, or moored in Whitby, eating fish and chips at The Magpie.