Robert is renowned, particularly within the Kent property community, for his expertise in residential and commercial development work. Land agents in the industry value Robert’s focussed approach and the ease with which he can grasp the key issues and get deals done.
Much of Robert’s practice involves acting for developers securing sites with the benefit of planning or advising on strategic land development projects. He also acts for landowners who have been approached by land promoters looking to obtain consents for primarily residential development as well as house builders looking to secure new sites by means of options. Often this work involves negotiating and concluding joint ventures and land promotion agreements as well as options and rights of pre-emption, overage and clawback provisions.
Robert is ranked for his expertise in Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Kent by the Chambers & Partners 2022 guide which says,
“a broad array of experience in rural property transactions, … he is "a very good practitioner who is good to deal with."
Robert completed an LLB Hons degree at Newcastle University followed by the Solicitors Finals Examination at the College of Law at Lancaster Gate in London.
He then trained with and worked for a London firm specialising in media law before joining Whitehead Monckton in 1987.
He became a partner the following year and then became a Director when the firm incorporated to a Limited Company in April 2014.
Robert was the head of the firm’s Property team from 2012 to January 2020.
He has expertise in:
Freehold and leasehold sales and purchases
The grant and taking of leases of business premises
Commercial and residential property development including property joint ventures and promotion agreements, options and rights of pre-emption and overage and clawback provisions
Securities work for lenders
What my clients say:
"He is an extremely competent practitioner"
“Level headed and personable but can be tough when required to progress a situation”
When out of the office:
I am a keen golfer and tennis player and an avid sports fan, especially cricket and football (a lifelong Chelsea fan!) I am the present Under Sheriff of Kent.