Robert has played bass in Big Bill and the Write Offs for more than 25 years. The band was originally formed by a number of law firm partners, but now includes a couple of non-lawyers. Over the years they have played a number of charity fundraisers and played some interesting venues such as Harrow School, Wentworth Golf Club, Dorchester Hotel and even the Transport Museum.
Areas of Expertise
Robert has extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and advising in relation to major construction and infrastructure projects. His expertise covers contracts procured through conventional, turnkey, construction management and DBFO Contracts as well as consultant’s appointments, FM Contracts and O&M Contracts. He has particular experience of PFI/PPP contracts in the housing, transport, defence, health and education sectors. He has also advised on projects in the leisure, energy, retail and waste sectors. His experience includes advising project sponsors, developers, lenders, contractors and procuring authorities and has advised on projects in a number of different jurisdictions, including UK, Ireland, Ghana, Netherlands, Russia, Greece, China, India, and Kazakhstan.
Prior to Devonshires, Robert was a partner in the Energy, Transport and Infrastructure department of Dentons, specialising in infrastructure projects. He advised on project agreements, sub-contracts and ancillary documents in connection with some of the largest PFI/PPP projects procured in the UK.
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Robert has been ranked as a key individual (Band 5) for Construction in Chambers and was described as having “in-depth knowledge of PPP and PFI matters”.
Robert graduated from King’s College London with an LLB, before taking the Law Society finals at the College of Law in Guildford.
Robert is advising a PFI company on the carrying out of significant further works on its PFI project, with a multi-million pound value. This involves the restructuring of its financing arrangements and amendments to the project documentation.
Robert advised Greenwich Leisure on its stadium, community hub and leisure centre project for the Council of the City of York. The project included a new 8500 capacity stadium for York City football club and York City Knights rugby league club. Robert had particular responsibility for drafting the bespoke design and build contracts for the project.
Robert advised on professional appointments and PCSA for the development of a privately financed acute surgical hospital to be constructed in Ghana. This included appointments of the PCSA contractor, architect, structural engineer, cost consultant and project manager for this multi-million dollar project.
Advising on an agreement for the provision of housing management services for a very large portfolio of rental and shared ownership stock. The project involved the provision of facilities management, repairs and maintenance, housing management and other related services.
Robert advised the Ministry of Defence in relation to contracts for the procurement of services for the maintenance of ships, submarines and naval bases with a combined value of £3.2bn. Robert utilised his skills from advising on large scale PPP projects to develop a form of contract to meet the client’s requirements, including developing mechanisms to incentive improved performance and cost efficiency.
Robert advised in relation to the £6.2bn M25 DBFO Contract, one of the largest PPP contracts procured in the UK. Drawing on his previous DBFO roads experience, Robert had particular responsibility for drafting the design, construction and operational requirements (including reviewing the Services Plan and management system documentation), insurance and its innovative change mechanisms. Robert also drafted the advance activities agreement and undertook due diligence of the sub-contracts.