Robin is a specialist regulatory barrister with particular experience of banking and financial services, consumer credit, trading standards, and consumer law. He appears regularly in both the civil and criminal courts and is well placed to advise on issues where the two jurisdictions meet. Robin is ranked as a leading practitioner by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.
Twice seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority, Robin maintains a practice focussed primarily on financial services regulation. He undertakes the full scope of advisory, drafting, and court work in this area. Robin regularly advises and acts for firms and individuals in their dealings with the Financial Conduct Authority relating to enforcement, supervision, and authorisation issues. In addition, he has expertise in retail lending requirements and compliance with the technical requirements of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, its subordinate regulations, and CONC.
Robin is one of the two general editors of The Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law (Sweet & Maxwell), one of the two authors of Financial Services Litigation (Oxford University Press), a contributing author to A Practitioner’s Guide to the UK Financial Services Rulebooks (Sweet & Maxwell), and author of a number of published articles on related topics.
Robin is ranked as a leading practitioner in Consumer Law and undertakes both civil and criminal work in this area. He regularly appears in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts in a range of regulatory proceedings and is instructed by both prosecuting authorities and defendants.
He has experience of trading standards prosecutions, unfair commercial practices, counterfeiting and trade marks offences, money laundering, consumer protection offences, product safety, food safety and labelling, civil enforcement under the Enterprise Act 2002, and asset forfeiture. Robin also undertakes advisory work in these areas.
Robin is a contributing editor of Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice, 4th – 9th editions (‘the Pink Book’), author of the criminal law chapter in Miller: Product Liability and Safety Encyclopaedia, and former editor of the Consumer and Trading Law Cases law reports (2015 – 2018). He has delivered seminars on related subjects, including to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, and is a regular contributor to Gough Square Live.
Robin has extensive experience of Life Sciences regulation in civil, public, and criminal settings.
His civil practice includes strategic and perimeter advice for businesses and regulators, as well as judicial review of decisions taken by regulators. His criminal practice includes both prosecuting and defending life sciences businesses in regulatory cases, as well as advising on novel products (e.g. novel foods, novel psychoactive substances, and borderline medicinal products). Robin has particular experience of advising food and drugs businesses facing criminal investigation by regulators.
- Joanne Properties Ltd v Moneything Capital Ltd & anr  EWCA Civ 1541: successfully represented the appellant in the Court of Appeal in a case involving a disputed settlement agreement arising out of a corporate financing arrangement (sole counsel);
- Kerrigan & ors v Elevate Credit International Ltd T/A Sunny  EWHC 2169 (Comm): acted for the defendant in this landmark month-long payday lending test case (led by Ruth Bala);
SRA v Junius Ho (2020) SDT 12115: successfully defended a prominent Hong Kong politician accused of inciting violence at a public rally (sole counsel);
- Financial Conduct Authority v a Firm (RDC / UT) (2020): represented a firm facing imposition of an OIREQ in oral representations before the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and on reference to the Upper Tribunal (sole counsel);
- Notting Hill Finance Ltd v Sheikh  4 W.L.R. 146;  EWCA Civ 1337: represented the respondent in a procedural appeal arising out of a commercial bridging loan. The Court of Appeal’s judgment resulted in substantive amendment to the relevant White Book commentary (sole counsel);
- R (City of York) v Kingstown Associates Ltd (York Crown Court / York & Selby Magistrates Court) (2020): prosecution on behalf of the National Trading Standards e-Crime Team (hosted by the City of York) of a company for two charges of engaging in unfair commercial practices banned under Schedule 1 of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Conviction on both charges following trial resulted in a £150,000 fine plus prosecution costs (upheld on appeal) (press coverage here) (sole counsel);
- Choi v Park & Park  EWHC 3191 (QB): civil fraud and conspiracy claim arising out of a commercial property sale. Successfully represented the claimant at trial in the QBD (sole counsel);
- AB Ltd v CD Ltd (High Court, Ch D) (2019): acting for the claimant property developer in a c.£6 million claim for breach of a joint venture agreement (led by Simon Popplewell);
- R (City of York) v Arif & ors (Leeds Crown Court) (2019): successful prosecution of two individuals charged with fraudulent trading and money laundering following three-week trial. The defendants had participated in a sophisticated fraud perpetrated on merchant service providers through the exploitation of the charge back system and then laundered the proceeds through a telecoms company (led by Cameron Crowe);
- X v Y Ltd (High Court, QBD) (2018): successfully defended a major high street lender in contempt of court proceedings (sole counsel)
Author of Financial Services Litigation, Oxford University Press (together with His Honour Judge Russen QC)
General Editor of The Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law, loose leaf, Sweet & Maxwell (together with Jonathan Kirk QC)
Contributing author to A Practitioner’s Guide to the UK Financial Services Rulebooks, 7th Edition, Sweet & Maxwell (chapter on CONC – the Consumer Credit Sourcebook)
Consumer and Regulatory
Contributing editor to Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice (‘the Pink Book’), 4th – 9th Editions, LexisNexis
Contributing author to Miller: Product Liability and Safety Encyclopaedia (Division IV – Criminal Law: Product Safety)
Financial Services Lawyers Association
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