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About: Robin Somerville

Robin is a barrister, accredited mediator, and regulatory and disciplinary panel chair specialising in the areas of dispute resolution, professional conduct and discipline and employment. Robin also advises and acts as a non-executive director for businesses seeking help with strategy, those in crisis or those looking to benefit or react to disruptive innovation and change. In addition to his legal qualifications, his fifteen years of commercial experience has been gained from having set up, grown and sold a number of businesses, his board level advisory work for a number of organisations and four years trading on a City dealing floor. This has lead Robin to be driven by finding practical and pragmatic solutions to commercial problems. Robin's professional style focuses on problem solving, finding solutions to issues and disputes by consensus wherever possible and attempting to avoid court based determination unless no practical alternative remains to enforce parties' rights. Robin is at his best at times of crisis and change where clients benefit from his judgement, strategic and analytical focus and calm approach. Strong and unusual blend of legal, commercial and technological competence and experience together with chairing, public speaking, presentation and networking skills. Enthusiastic, motivator and leader.

Recent Posts by Robin Somerville

Robin has been appointed the Chair of the Board at Barnfield College. This involves providing leadership to a previously failing high profile ‘Beacon’ Further Education College in ‘special measures’ of nearly 10,000 students following receipt of Notices to Improve and deficit budgets. Role included appointing entire Senior Management Team, implementing new governance ….
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