Robert is a commercial lawyer who helps clients to negotiate and agree large commercial projects and outsourcing contracts. He works with clients in both the public and private sectors to structure, draft and negotiate contracts for the delivery of various services and in establishing joint ventures and alliances between providers and purchasers.
He also helps clients to run procurements for various services and/or to bid successfully for tenders, building on his extensive experience in private practice, in industry as an in-house lawyer and as legal counsel for a Government Department. He is recognised by Legal 500 (2015) as 'an expert in public sector procurement regulations'.
Robert heads our Commercial IT and Outsourcing Team in the UK and is also head of our firm-wide Health and Care Sector Team in the UK and Europe. He is a member of our public sector team and co-lead of our public procurement group.
Robert has more than 25 years' experience in a range of industries and sectors, including health and social care and logistics and supply chain management.
Robert enjoys removing the mystique from legal complexities, helping clients to understand the key issues as well as the implications of commercial transactions and helping them to deliver the outcomes they want.
Having worked for over five years in the UK's Department of Health, Robert has a unique insight into the workings of the NHS. Robert helps clients to deliver commercial solutions and to achieve the desired transformational changes in service delivery. He is experienced in advising on collaborative arrangements for health and social care commissioners (clinical commissioning groups and local authorities) and in developing innovative delivery models for healthcare providers. He assists clients in understanding any associated governance and regulatory issues.
Robert speaks regularly on contractual options for the delivery of public services and projects and has a particular interest in contractual structures for the delivery of integrated services, including models based on new payment structures such as outcome-based contracts.
- Robert was the lead adviser for the Government's Independent Sector Treatment Centre Programme (Phase 2), a £3 billion programme aimed at reducing NHS waiting times and increasing patient choice.
- Robert has advised a Central Government department on a complex, long term contract for military training services including a significant modernisation programme.
- Robert acts for a leading logistics and supply chain management business and his experience includes negotiating the UK's largest food distribution contract.
- Robert has advised on a number of complex public private partnerships for the delivery of various public services in a range of sectors including health and care, defence and energy.