Robert Phillips

Partner, Head of Property Litigation

Robert Phillips Hugh James
Email
robert.phillips@hughjames.com
Department telephone
029 2066 0589

Rob is a Partner and Head of the Property Disputes team. He has wide experience of landlord and tenant disputes concerning industrial and office buildings. He also has particular interest in the areas of mineral owners’ rights (in particular in relation to subterranean mines and minerals) and development disputes involving freehold land.

Rob’s recent work highlights include:

  • Representing a landowner in relation to a claim by a lord of the manor seeking to revive claimed ancient rights to mines and minerals
  • Representing a Social Housing provider in relation to a drainage easement dispute. The easement was required to facilitate a surface water drainage solution for a large mixed use development
  • Representing a government body in relation to a Town and Village Green application over a large site designated for housing development
  • Representing a former occupier of 100,000 sq ft office  space in relation to a terminal dilapidations claim. The claim involved complex questions as to whether certain installations were fixtures or fittings

Career history

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

Memberships

“Robert is very quick to grasp the whole picture. He provides guidance that has proved invaluable.”
Chambers UK 2016

“Robert Phillips is recommended for the full span of commercial and social housing property disputes. A client says: “He provides excellent, pragmatic advice in a friendly manner.”
Chambers UK 2019

“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

Languages

German

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work my two main loves (other than my wife and 6 year old son of course!!) are playing squash and singing in my local choir.

I am an enthusiastic (if not particularly skilful) member of my local squash club, playing for one of the teams in the Gwent league. As a newly qualified referee I officiate at league matches. Apparently I still have lots to learn – or so say those for whom I referee! I am currently passing on my squash knowledge to my 6 year old son and his friends in training sessions on Saturday mornings. My knowledge is likely to be exhausted by the time they all turn 7!

I enjoy singing with a local choir. I have an extremely broad musical interest from Rock through Jazz to classical and back again – via barbershop quartet. Time doesn’t allow me to sing in a barbershop quartet nowadays but recent highlights for our local choir have included renditions of Elgar’s From the Bavarian Highlands and Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem. Spring bank holidays regularly see our choir singing madrigals from the ramparts of our local castle ruins followed by a hot breakfast in a local hostelry.

I am a director of a local charity organisation which manages an historic building. Having obtained grant funding to preserve the building we now work to run a sustainable business offering a community space for hire and use by local organisations.

I remain committed to preserving the historic varieties of apple trees in my garden and try to turn their juice into drinkable cider every autumn – with varying degrees of success.

 

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