Robin Somerville LLM, Barrister, FCIArb
“Robin puts wanting to find a solution before anything else, I wish I had met him four years ago.”
Andrew Carmichael, Managing Director, Creative Process
Robin Somerville is a barrister, mediator and investigator who has been involved in over 1,000 cases spanning more than 17 years. Robin focuses on problem solving, finding solutions to disputes by consensus wherever possible to avoid court-based determination unless no practical alternative remains to enforce parties’ rights.
You can instruct Robin through your solicitor, or as the majority of Robin’s clients do, directly under the public access scheme which can provide certain benefits in terms of cost and time savings.
Small to Medium Sized Businesses – Commercial, shareholder, board and contract disputes
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.
Professional Services – Regulatory and Conduct Issues
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.
Technology – Sector Expertise and Insight
Robin’s commercial technology experience centres 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 distress or those that have ended in dispute. He is also able to advise on dispute resolution systems architecture and strategic considerations and non-contentious planning.
Robin 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 Computing and Law and a was a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society (2014-17).
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Areas of expertise
- Mediation and Dispute Resolution
- Professional Conduct and Discipline
- Advocacy and Representation
- Employment and Disciplinary
- Business Strategy & Crisis Management
- Family Business Dispute Resolution
- Robin Appointed a Panel Chair of Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practise Panel
- Robin admitted as Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Robin successfully negotiates Compromise Agreement for NG of Milton Keynes
- Robin appointed as Lay Chair of UK Council for Psychotherapy
- Robin successfully assists Defendant settle his claim
- Robin appointed as Lay Member of RICS/IPA Fixed Charge Receivership Scheme