Robert is one of Hong Kong’s premier commercial disputes lawyers, regularly featured in the top tier of litigation and arbitration lawyers.
He is active in both litigation and international arbitration, with the latter becoming more important over recent years. Robert is currently running a series of international arbitrations - two of these involving claims of US$200 million plus.
He has particular experience in commercial disputes, pre-emptive injunctions, media work (for South China Morning Post, Google, YouTube and other international publishers), professional negligence (for the Hong Kong Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited and Essar Insurance Services Limited) and other commercial indemnity insurers, in employment matters and in contentious insolvency.
He also represents Hong Kong’s leading developer (MTRC), international investment banks (e.g. Merrill Lynch), Government authorities (e.g. the Hospital Authority and Urban Renewal Authority), FTSE 100 companies, Fortune 20 companies, and leading domestic and international corporations. Robert regularly acts in multi jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary cases.
Recent representative matters include:
Acting for Allen & Overy in a professional negligence action for US$400 million – successful strike out for champerty:  2 HKLRD 86 and  3 HKLRD 292 [currently on appeal].
Acting for Google in a novel “publisher” case challenging the Hong Kong Court’s jurisdiction over Google: HCA 1383/2012 [unreported judgment of DHCJ M. Ng dated 5 August 2014].
Acting for the Chinachem Group in a successful application for inspection under Section 152FA of the former Companies Ordinance:  3 HKLRD 652.
Acting for Mr. Paul Chan Mo-Po (the Development Secretary) and his wife in defence of a libel claim: HCA 370/2012 [unreported judgment of Mr. Justice To dated 13 February 2014].
Acting for a Japanese company in a very significant international arbitration in the HKIAC which is ongoing.
Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong
Panel of Intervention Agents, The Law Society of Hong Kong
Member, The Law Society of England and Wales
Member, The International Bar Association
Member, The Insolvency Interest Group of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, Executive Committee of the Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong Limited
LLB (Hons), Sheffield University, UK
Law Society of England and Wales - Finals
Contributing editor of Hong Kong Civil Procedure: the “Hong Kong White Book”
Contributing editor of Tort Law and Practice in Hong Kong
Sole Hong Kong practitioner contributor to “The Costs and Funding of Civil Litigation, A comparative Perspective” which is the first major comparative study of its type of more than 30 jurisdictions world wide.
Sole Hong Kong practitioner contributor to the IBA Litigation Committee, “IBA Litigation Guide”.
The 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific notes Robert for his expertise in commercial litigation, especially in advising technology and media companies. One source says: "I have very high regard for him. He's understated, but very good."
Ranked as a leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2007-2016)
Ranked as a leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific and Global guides (2007- 2017)
Identified as a leading arbitration practitioner in Hong Kong in the Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration (2008- 2014)