Robert Phillips

Partner, Head of Property Litigation

Robert Phillips Hugh James
Department telephone
029 2066 0589

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


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


“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


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