• Technology & Online Barrister

    A practising barrister with 12 years technology, online and commercial background prior to qualification.

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  • Family Business

    Robin has over 10 years experience resolving family business disputes and working and advising at board level on strategy and crisis management for a number of small, family and medium sized organisations.

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  • Independent Investigator

    An accredited investigator and barrister, Robin investigates grievances, allegations of misconduct in the workplace as well as wider investigations into complaints, business problems and crises.

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  • Professional Regulatory

    Robin has extensive experience spanning over 14 years sitting on over 1,000 cases as an advocate, case presenter, panel chair and tribunal member for range of different types of tribunal including amongst others the Nursing and Midwifery Counci and General Medical Council.

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Technology & Online Barrister

LawTech advice & ODR

Family Business Mediator

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Independent Workplace Investigator

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Professional Regulatory Barrister

Advice & Advocacy

Robin Somerville LLM, Barrister, FCIArb

I am a barrister, mediator and investigator with a difference. I have a markedly different background to other lawyers. Prior to qualifying in law I was a money market trader in the City of London before I set up, grew and successfully sold three technology start-ups over fifteen years. As well as practising law, I have been Chair or a non-exec director of a number of others. For over 13 years I was an equity holding director of the UK’s leading online price comparison sites.

My background has given me particular expertise in insolvency, general commercial, technology, professional and general regulation, employment, road traffic and aviation. I assist by advising and representing parties, helping them settle their differences consensually or by deciding the outcome for them. As a barrister, arbitrator, mediator, ombudsman, investigator, regulatory panel chair and tribunal panel member of various kinds I have been involved in over 1,000 cases spanning more than 16 years.

My inclusive professional style focuses on problem solving, finding solutions to issues and disputes by consensus wherever possible to avoid court based determination unless no practical alternative remains to enforce parties’ rights.

I am at my most useful when clients are experiencing times of crisis and change where they benefit from my judgement, strategic and analytical focus and calm approach.

 

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