Robert joined APIL in 1998; he became a founder litigator in 1999, a Senior Litigator in 2005 and was awarded fellowship in 2008, varied to fellowship emeritus in 2014. Full Fellowship was reinstated in July 2015.
Robert stood for election in 2010 based on his continued opposition to the NCP and third party capture, he was not elected but he stood again in 2012 and this time was successful in achieving office.
Due to medical matters to both himself and his wife Robert felt the need to stand down in 2014, health issues having improved he feels fresh to be able to stand again and fulfil his term. The main lesson Robert learnt sitting on the EC was how hard the EC members and the APIL staff work to promote and protect the rights of injured people – the most important reason in his view for being a member.
Robert maintains his dislike of third party capture, sharp insurer’s behaviour and the tick box litigation otherwise known and loved as ‘the portal’. He is anxious that the scope of portal claims should be extended no further and believes Claimants have been possibly short changed by the process to say nothing of their legal teams.
As will be seen from Robert’s 2012 profile he is very much victim driven and he will never lose sight of the fact that first and foremost we are here to serve the injured victims of negligence and bad practice. Robert’s greatest gratification from serving was the opinion of many from all walks of APIL that he opened up and paved the way for more communication between APIL and its members. This was acknowledged by the Chief Executive Officer and out-going President Mathew Stockwell at the 2014 AGM.
Robert has been published in Focus, Solicitors Journal and Young Lawyer.