Robert Phillips

Partner, Head of Property Litigation
Contact Number: 029 2267 5560

Rob is Head of Property Litigation at Hugh James. He leads a team with a broad range of experience across the full scope of property disputes including adverse possession claims, squatter evictions, compulsory purchase, easements, wayleaves and other third party rights, dilapidations claims, lease renewal litigation, the operation of break clauses, possession claims and housing law litigation.

Rob has considerable experience of the energy sector having spent many years advising some of the country’s largest energy providers in relation to their property portfolios. Rob has a particular specialism in relation to property disputes involving renewable energy projects. He advises developers on nuisance claims, including noise and flicker issues in relation to wind farm developments and has extensive experience of development phase property disputes, including all aspects of agricultural tenancy law.

Rob has worked for a number of leading education institutions providing advice in relation to their freehold land portfolios as well as providing strategic and policy advice in relation to their student accommodation.

Rob regularly advises a range of clients on high value and complex landlord and tenant disputes, including lease interpretation and dilapidations claims. Rob has extensive experience of acting for institutional clients, banks and pension funds in relation to management of their industrial, retail and office portfolios.


  • Energy sector property disputes, wayleaves and easements
  • Agricultural tenancy disputes
  • Education sector property disputes

Career History

  • 2004 - 2013: Eversheds LLP
  • 2013: Hugh James



  • German

They are pragmatic, sensible and responsive, and will get the job done without losing focus on our overall aims and objectives.

Chambers and Partners UK


He is always extremely well informed on the latest case law and has an excellent grasp of the finer points of our lease wordings. He also ensures that his team are prompt in processing our instructions and providing feedback as matters progress.

Chambers and Partners UK


Thank you again for your prompt response which led to an immediate resolution and prevented a potentially difficult situation from developing. Your legal advice makes a very significant difference to the way we are able to do business and has a positive effect on our financial performance

Mike Norgate, Director, Clarnor Estates Ltd


I have been extremely pleased with the work and advice carried out by Rob Philips and Caroline O’Flaherty. They all took on this work with very short notice and their advice gave us the confidence to proceed with the relocation of our Manchester Office and we all worked together to successfully achieve this target in the extremely tight time frame that we had been presented with.

Colin Tibbs, Facilities Manager UK and Ireland, Atradius Credit Insurance NV


Robert Phillips was on top of the legal issues and helpful to discuss the novel points of law which arose in the case.

Legal 500


Robert Phillips and James Hastings have provided excellent advice and support over the past 12 months on a particularly niche piece of property litigation. Their approachable style and detailed understanding of key issues and strategy has proved invaluable to date.

Legal 500