Contact and Clerk
Clerk: Gareth Latchem
Robert joined Colleton in 2013 having practised in the West Country since his pupillage. He has an exclusively civil practice and specialises in traditional Chancery work that ranges from insolvency to the construction of wills.
“He turns papers around very quickly even in quite complex cases” Legal 500 2015
Probate, Wills and Trust
Robert has developed an extensive practice in contentious probate and has acted in several trials in the High Court in that field. He also advises clients in relation to testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, undue influence and fraud. Robert’s practice also includes applications to remove trustees and executors. In addition to contentious probate matters, Robert also advises on the construction of wills and acts in relation to applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Robert specialises in all areas of land law including easements, restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and mortgages; he is also regularly asked to advise whether there has been professional negligence in relation to this area of law. Robert appears frequently before the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry and in the County Court; he has also appeared in the Court of Appeal both in a boundary dispute and a right of way action. Robert is particularly interested in TOLATA applications and he advises and appears in court on every aspect of such applications, including the quantification and establishments of beneficial interests and whether the property ought to be sold. He has twice appeared in the Court of Appeal in this area (detrimental reliance and equitable accounting) and has also appeared on appeal to the High Court in relation to the severance of a joint tenancy.
Landlord and Tenant/ Housing
Robert acts for both landlords and tenants in relation to both residential and commercial leases, including disrepair claims, construction of leases and applications for relief from forfeiture. He frequently acts for tenants who are facing possession claims on the ground of nuisance and is equally interested in ASBIs. Robert is particularly interested in homelessness appeals under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 and acts for both appellants and housing authorities in such matters.
Court of Protection
Robert has developed a keen interest in applications to the Court of Protection and has acted in a variety of such cases including the removal and appointment of deputies, disputes over health and welfare, property and affairs, and arguments over the costs of such proceedings. He has also acted in an application for a statutory will.
Robert has experience in setting aside statutory demands, defending petitions and annulling bankruptcy. He is also interested in the aftermath of bankruptcy in defending proceedings brought by trustees in bankruptcy.
Murphy v. Gooch  2 FLR 934
Equitable accounting, occupation rent
Hunt v Soady  EWCA Civ 366
Strachey v. Ramage  2 P. & C. R. 8
Lester v. Woodgate  2 P. & C. R. 21
Easements and proprietary estoppel
Quigley v. Masterson  1 All ER 1224
Severance of joint tenancy
Robert accepts public access instructions subject to the matter meeting the requirements of the Bar Council. If you wish to instruct Robert please telephone the clerks on 01392 274898.
Robert regularly speaks on civil topics including TLATA. He often delivers training on behalf of MBL and his future training seminars for them can be found here.
2001 Lincoln’s Inn