Robert is a solicitor and qualified Canadian lawyer, with a broad experience in contentious and non-contentious matters with a particular focus on intellectual property and data protection.
In his intellectual property practice, Robert has considerable expertise in the protection of intellectual property rights online, and with disputes covering multiple jurisdictions. Robert has been involved with numerous cases in the English High Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and the English Court of Appeal, as well as contentious proceedings at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (formerly OHIM), and arbitral proceedings in relation to domain name registrations. In addition to his contentious work, Robert regularly drafts and advises on commercial agreements, including joint development agreements, licences and assignments.
In his privacy and data protection practice, Robert has experience of drafting and advising on privacy policies, data processing, and data transfer agreements for a wide range of clients with particular regard to international data transfer issues. Robert has advised clients ranging from sole traders to large multi-nationals, including advising a European-based client on preparatory GDPR compliance for their suite of mobile apps with over 30 million users worldwide. Robert has also acted for an international client providing data processing services to the automotive sector, working with local counsel on multiple continents to ensure compliance with local regulatory regimes. In contentious matters, Robert has advised clients in respect of regulatory investigations, law enforcement data requests, Freedom of Information Act Requests, and Subject Access Requests.
Robert also regularly drafts client legal updates and provides compliance training for clients including external lawyers.
Robert holds degrees in common law and civil law from the University of Ottawa. He obtained his LLM from the London School of Economics, where he has since returned as a guest lecturer on the Cyberlaw Graduate Programme.
Robert is bilingual practicing in both in English and in French.