Robin Somerville helps businesses and professionals solve their legal problems.
Robin is a direct access barrister, mediator, investigator and arbitrator who has been involved in over 1,000 cases spanning more than 19 years in one capacity or another.
Robin focuses on problem solving and finding solutions to disputes by consensus wherever possible to avoid court-based determination unless no practical alternative remains to enforce parties’ rights.
Most of Robin’s clients instruct him under the direct access or public access scheme which can provide benefits in terms of cost and time savings or you can instruct him through your solicitor.
Having previously set up, grown and sold three businesses Robin understands the commercial imperative behind the swift and successful resolution of disputes that can cause disruption to a business. This business acumen, combined with Robin’s in-depth legal expertise, provides unique benefits to his clients across a range of legal areas including commercial and contracts, employment tribunals, shareholder disputes, intellectual property and insolvency.
Robin’s commercial technology experience spans both online and offline solution providers and distributors. Robin is able to advise customers, suppliers and sub-contractors involved in online, IT or telecoms projects in the planning and pre-contract stages, or if they are in distress or have ended in dispute. He is also able to advise on dispute resolution systems architecture and strategic considerations and non-contentious planning.
Robin is an Adjudicator for Society for Computers and Law. He has given presentations on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and Online Courts to the Law Society of Scotland LegalTech conference, to BACFI and the Arbitration Club, IT branch. Robin is a mediator and arbitrator for World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for technology and domain name disputes, is a member of Society for Computer and Law and a was a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society (2014-17).
Robin has in-depth expertise in professional services representing accountants, surveyors, doctors, dentists and other professionals regarding regulatory issues such as conduct and disciplinary proceedings. He is experienced in helping clients in times of crisis and change where they benefit from his strategic and analytical approach. He has represented professionals facing allegations of sexual misconduct, dishonesty, clinical and language competency before tribunals of first instance, appeals and at the High Court.
Robin has acted as a regulatory panel chair and has experience with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Construction Industry Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (General Medical Council) amongst others.