Robert Palmer

Call 1998
Education
BA (Hons), Oxford (First Class), Diploma in Law (City University)
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Robert Palmer practises in the fields of public, regulatory, EU and competition law. A large proportion of his caseload concerns the cross-over between these areas. He has particular expertise in commercial judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal. He often appears unled in the Court of Appeal. Robert’s EU law practice extends to frequent appearances in the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Robert’s wide experience includes work in the aviation, energy, financial services, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors. In addition, he has considerable judicial review experience in the areas of environmental, immigration, local government, and planning law.

Many of his cases raise novel human rights law points, and he has had the conduct of multiple cases in the European Court of Human Rights.

He has been a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of counsel since 2011.

“He is an excellent public law junior whose written and oral advocacy often has the elegance and clarity of a QC.” (Chambers and Partners)

Accomplished in commercial and regulatory judicial reviews, “He is excellent – he can do any area of public law.” (Chambers and Partners)

Interviewees highlight his clear, direct and effective style of advocacy. “He’s really outstanding in terms of clarity and the succinct way in which he expresses himself.” (Chambers and Partners)

“Outstanding written and oral advocacy.” (Legal 500)

  • Administrative & Public Law

    Robert Palmer maintains a broad public law practice, [and] he is also accomplished in commercial and regulatory judicial reviews. “He is an excellent public law junior whose written and oral advocacy often has the elegance and clarity of a QC.” “He is excellent – he can do any area of public law.”

    Chambers and Partners, Administrative and Public Law

    “Outstanding written and oral advocacy”

    Legal 500, Administrative and Public Law

    “Highly intelligent and able to see the bigger picture”

    Legal 500, Administrative and Public Law

    Robert’s wide-ranging public law practice embraces commercial and regulatory judicial review proceedings in both the Administrative Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. His experience includes international sanctions work, as well as cases in the aviation, energy, financial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors. In addition, he has considerable judicial review experience in the areas of environmental, immigration, local government, and planning law. Many of his cases have a strong EU law and/or human rights dimension.

    Robert is currently involved in:

    • Joseph Griffin & Anr v. National Westminster Bank PLC –and- The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, Commercial Court: £3million damages claim concerning a dispute regarding a contract entered into, that was retrospectively considered as wholly inappropriate and unsuitable to the needs of the Claimant, for the acquisition of an interest rate hedging product as a condition of a residential mortgage loan
    • R (Solar Century Holdings Ltd and others) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Administrative Court: a judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to close the Renewables Obligation to new large-scale solar PV generation.
    • HCA International Ltd and AXA PPP Healthcare Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority, Competition Appeal Tribunal: a challenge on judicial review grounds to the CMA’s decision to require HCA to divest itself of one or more Central London private hospitals.
    • R (Total Lindsay Oil Refinery Ltd, Shell UK Ltd and others) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Administrative Court: a judicial review of national measures implementing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
    • R (Sarkandi and others) v Foreign Secretary, Administrative Court: a judicial review of the Foreign Secretary’s decision to propose five senior members of IRISL (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) to be designated under EU sanctions.
    • R (Swiss Air) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Court of Appeal: a judicial review concerning the aviation emissions trading scheme, challenging the EU’s “Stop the Clock” Decision.
    • R (Gottlieb) v Winchester City Council, Administrative Court: Robert is acting for the Claimant, a city councillor challenging the Council’s failure to run a procurement exercise in respect of a £165 million re-development scheme for Winchester city centre.
    • R (Lord Carlile of Berriew QC) v Home Secretary, Supreme Court (2014): a judicial review by 16 MPs and members of the House of Lords, concerning the Home Secretary’s decision to maintain the exclusion from the United Kingdom of Maryam Rajavi, leader of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI). Robert acted for the Home Secretary in the Divisional Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
    • AC Nielsen Co Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2014): application on judicial review grounds challenging the OFT’s decision not to refer to the Competition Commission the merger between Information Resources Inc and Aztec Group (suppliers of retail measurement services).
    • R (Home Secretary) v Southwark Crown Court, Administrative Court (2014): Robert represented Southwark Crown Court in defence of an application for judicial review by the Home Secretary, who challenged the court’s decision that there was no power to make a production order under the provisions of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003, following a request for mutual legal assistance (“MLA”) from the Department of Justice, USA.
    • R (Europäische-Iranische Handelsbank AG) v Foreign Secretary, Administrative Court (2013): a judicial review of the Foreign Secretary’s decision to propose that a German bank be listed under EU sanctions directed at Iran.
    • R (Children’s Society) v Lord Chancellor, Administrative Court (2013): a judicial review of the Lord Chancellor’s decision not to extend the scope of civil legal aid to unaccompanied children’s immigration cases.
    • Global Radio Holdings Ltd v Competition Commission, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2013): a challenge on judicial review grounds to the CC’s decision to require Global Radio to divest radio stations following its acquisition of Guardian Media Group Radio Holdings Ltd.
    • R (Corey) v Parole Commissioners of Northern Ireland, Supreme Court (2013): jurisdiction of the High Court to grant bail on an application for judicial review to a post-tariff life prisoner on finding a breach of Article 5(4) ECHR.
    • BAA Ltd v Competition Commission, Court of Appeal (2012): judicial review of CC’s decision to require BAA to sell Stansted Airport.
    • Merchant International Company v Naftogaz, Court of Appeal (2012): decision of Ukrainian courts in Naftogaz’s favour was in breach of Article 6 ECHR, allowing recovery of assets from Naftogaz in the UK.
    • R (Blackbay Ventures Ltd) v Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Administrative Court (2012): judicial review of decision to suspend wholesale dealer’s licence.
  • Telecommunications

    “He’s really outstanding in terms of clarity and the succinct way in which he expresses himself.”

    Chambers & Partners,  Telecommunications

    “Highly thought of among practitioners, who note his fast-growing reputation in this sector. His practice encompasses judicial review appearances and challenges against regulators. ‘An impressive junior, who is able to hold his own in court in complex and difficult cases.’”

    Chambers & Partners, Telecommunications

    “Robert Palmer has ‘reached a level of expertise in the sector that rivals that of many QCs’”

    Legal 500, Telecommunications

    Robert has a wide telecommunications practice, including appeals to the Competition Appeal Tribunal under the Communications Act 2013, price control appeals to the Competition Commission, judicial review applications to the Administrative Court, and reference to the Court of Justice of the EU on telecommunications matters. His clients have included BT, Virgin Media and Microsoft.

    Recent work and significant cases include:

    • British Telecommunications & Others v. Ofcom, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2017): Acted for BT in its appeal against Ofcom’s decision in the context of the Business Connectivity Market Review 2016 to mandate access to BT’s “dark fibre”.
    • British Telecommunications v Ofcom, Competition Appeal Tribunal (APCC): acted unled for BT in a challenge to Ofcom’s regulation of porting charges (2016)
    • Advising on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) (2014)
    • Advising on the Government’s measures to address “partial not-spots” in mobile phone coverage (2014)
    • Advising on the licensing of telecommunications services on the Isle of Man (2014)
    • Advising on consumer switching (2014)
    • Colt Technology Services v Ofcom and BT, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2013): challenge to Ofcom’s decision not to require BT to allow communications providers access to its duct, poles and dark fibre.
    • Case C-114/12, Commission v Council, Court of Justice of the EU (2013): acting for the United Kingdom in a dispute concerning the competence of Member States to participate in negotiations for a Convention of the Council of Europe on the protection of the rights of broadcasting organisations.
    • Mobile Termination Charge appeals, Court of Appeal (2013): acted unled for BT in the Court of Appeal, Competition Appeal Tribunal and Competition Commission in BT’s successful appeal against Ofcom’s determination of mobile termination rates.
    • Cable and Wireless Isle of Man Ltd v Communications Commission of the Isle of Man (2012): acted unled for the IOM Communications Commission in an application for judicial review by Cable & Wireless concerning the Commission’s decision not to open a competition investigation into Manx Telecom.
    • R (BT and TalkTalk) v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Court of Appeal (2012): judicial review challenging the measures in the Digital Economy Act 2010 tackling illegal peer-to-peer file sharing.
    • Wholesale Broadband Access charge control appeal, Competition Commission (2012): appeal by BT concerning the treatment of BT’s pension deficit repayments in the calculation of price controls.
  • EU Law

    Robert’s EU law practice includes regular appearances in the Court of Justice of the EU and the General Court of the EU, as well as in the domestic courts in cases concerning the infringement of EU law.

    Robert is currently involved in:

    • Case C-148/14 Nordzucker, CJEU: interpretation of provisions on excess emissions penalties in greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme.
    • Case C-409/13 Council v Commission, CJEU: power of Commission to withdraw a legislative proposal against wishes of the Council and Parliament.
    • Opinion 1/13, CJEU: whether acceptance of the accession of a third country to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction falls within the exclusive competence of the Union.

    Recent work and significant cases include:

    • Case C-28/12 Commission v Council, CJEU (2014): representing United Kingdom in case concerning competence of Member States to conclude an extension of the EU-US air transport agreement (“ATA”) to Iceland and Norway.
    • Case C-378/12 Onuekwere, CJEU (2014): effect of period of imprisonment on the acquisition of permanent right of residence.
    • Case C-400/12 Secretary of State for the Home Department v MG, CJEU (2014): effect of period of imprisonment on ten year prior residence rule.
    • R (Negassi) v Home Secretary, Court of Appeal (2013): claim for Francovich damages; leading case on the conditions of entitlement.
    • Case T-434/11 Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank v Council of the EU, General Court (2013): appeal against designation under EU sanctions directed at Iranian nuclear proliferation.
    • Case C-321/12 Van der Helder & Farrington, CJEU (2013): effect of residence in different Member States for entitlement to pensions benefits
    • Cases 63/12 and 66/12 Commission v Council, CJEU (2013): entitlement of employees of the EU to automatic salary and pension increases.
    • C-12/11 McDonagh, CJEU (2013):  entitlement to compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of cancellation of flights in extraordinary circumstances.
    • C-360/10 SABAM, CJEU (2012): compatibility of a requirement on a internet service provider to filter the information it hosts for third parties with the E-Commerce Directive.
    • C-83/11 Rahman, CJEU (2012): Member States’ obligation to facilitate entry and residence of “other family members” under the Citizens’ Directive.
    • C-40/11 Iida, CJEU (2012): Right of residence in third country for parent of child exercising free movement rights.
    • C-257/10 Bergström, CJEU (2011): eligibility for income related childcare benefit on the basis of income earned in Switzerland.
    •  C-186/10 Oguz, CJEU (2011): prohibition on Member States introducing new restrictions regarding the admission of Turkish nationals to their territory for the purpose of the exercise of freedom of establishment.

     

     

  • Competition Law

    Robert’s commercial and regulatory practice frequently involves substantial issues of competition law. He has substantial experience in a wide range of industries, including in particular the energy, financial services, health, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications sectors.

    Robert is currently involved in:

    • Royal Mail Group v. DAF Trucks Limited & Ors, Chancery Division: follow-on proceedings based upon a decision of the European Commission which found an EEA-wide cartel to have existed amongst truck manufacturers.
    • Advising the National Health Service of both Scotland and Northern Ireland in follow-on proceedings in relation to “Pay for Delay” decisions from the European Commission.
    • Advising the Payment Systems Regulator on use of competition law powers.
    • Advising the Payment Systems Regulator on Interchange Fee Regulation and other regulatory and constitutional matters.
    • Advising the Competition and Markets Authority in their market investigation into Retail Banking.

    Recent work includes:

    • HCA International Ltd and AXA PPP Healthcare Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority, Competition Appeal Tribunal: a challenge on judicial review grounds to the CMA’s decision to require HCA to divest itself of one or more Central London private hospitals.
    • AC Nielsen Co Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2014): application on judicial review grounds challenging the OFT’s decision not to refer to the Competition Commission the merger between Information Resources Inc and Aztec Group (suppliers of retail measurement services).
    • Global Radio Holdings Ltd v Competition Commission, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2013): a challenge to the CC’s decision to require Global Radio to divest radio stations following its acquisition of Guardian Media Group Radio Holdings Ltd.
    • Mobile Termination Charge appeals, Court of Appeal (2013): acted unled for BT in the Court of Appeal, Competition Appeal Tribunal and Competition Commission in BT’s successful appeal against Ofcom’s determination of mobile termination rates.
    • Colt Technology Services v Ofcom and BT, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2013): challenge to Ofcom’s decision not to require BT to allow communications providers access to its duct, poles and dark fibre.
    • BAA Ltd v Competition Commission, Court of Appeal (2012): judicial review of CC’s decision to require BAA to sell Stansted Airport.
    • SRCL Ltd v Competition Commission, Competition Appeal Tribunal (2012): challenge to CC’s decision that the acquisition by Stericycle Inc of Ecowaste Southwest Ltd resulted in a substantial lessening of competition (SLC).
    • Cable and Wireless Isle of Man Ltd v Communications Commission of the Isle of Man (2012): acted unled for the IOM Communications Commission in an application for judicial review by Cable & Wireless concerning the Commission’s decision not to open a competition investigation into Manx Telecom.
  • Immigration Law

    “Hard-working and good on the detail”

    Chambers & Partners,  Immigration

    “Robert Palmer [is] ‘a fine advocate, who is clear, straightforward and makes points in a punchy and persuasive fashion.’ He has much experience of representing both the government and applicants in the immigration context, and his knowledge is highly valued by instructing solicitors.”

    Chambers & Partners, Immigration

    Robert acts for both claimants and defendants, handling cases across the full breadth of immigration and nationality work, with particular emphasis on EU freedom of movement law, and national security work. He also acts in the fields of asylum, torture and claims involving deprivation of liberty.

    Recent work and significant cases include:

    • Home Secretary v FV (Italy), Supreme Court: Robert is acting unled for the Home Secretary in the Supreme Court in this appeal, concerning the deportation of an EU worker after conviction for manslaughter
    • Algerian national security deportations, Court of Appeal: safety of return to Algeria of eight terrorist suspects, based on “deportation with assurances” programme
    • RM (Sierra Leone) v Home Secretary, Court of Appeal: use of Sprakab language analysis tests in asylum cases
    • R (New London College Ltd) v Home Secretary, Supreme Court (2013): lawfulness of the UK Border Agency’s guidance for educational establishments acting as “sponsor” for non-EU students
    • R (Lutalo) v Home Secretary, Court of Appeal (2013): compatibility of UK implementation of Reception Directive provisions on permission to work for asylum seekers
    • Country Guidance case on Libya, Upper Tribunal (2013): safety of return to Libya following the Arab Spring
    • W (Algeria) v Home Secretary, Supreme Court (2012): use of “reverse closed” evidence by SIAC appellants seeking to resist deportation on national security grounds
    • Ascioglu v Home Secretary, Court of Appeal (2012): effect of the “standstill clause” in the EC-Turkey Association Agreement concerning conditions of freedom of establishment of Turkish self-employed businesspersons
    • Associates of Mukhtar Ablyazov, asylum appeals (2012): represented appellants in asylum claim of Kazakh bankers following collapse of BTA Bank
    • MS (Algeria) v Home Secretary, Court of Appeal (2011): entitlement of the Secretary of State to rely on assurances from the Algerian Government on deporting a person no longer believed to represent a threat to national security.
    • RB and U (Algeria) v Home Secretary, House of Lords (2009): House of Lords challenge to the deportation of suspected terrorists to Algeria with governmental assurances as to respect for their human rights
  • Environmental Law

    Robert Palmer is ‘excellent’

    Legal 500, Environmental law

    Robert Palmer’s ‘technical ability is fantastic and he is incisive in his advice’

    Legal 500, Environmental law

    Robert Palmer “offers ‘a level of legal analysis that is extremely clever and to the point; he sees things very clearly and can easily manage all the various elements of a case.’”

    Chambers & Partners, Planning

    Robert has acted in a wide range of environmental judicial review cases. His environmental work is also well informed by considerable experience in planning law.

    Robert is currently involved in:

    • European Low Fares Airline Association v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Administrative Court: challenge to the “Stop the Clock” decision of the European Commission to exclude international travel from outside the EU from the aviation Emission Trading Scheme (ETS)
    • Swiss International Air Lines Ltd v Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Court of Appeal: challenge to the decision of the European Commission to include Switzerland with other EEA states in the continuing operation of the Emission Trading Scheme
    • R (Total Lindsay Oil Refinery Ltd, Shell UK Ltd and others) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Administrative Court: a judicial review of national measures implementing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
    • R (Solar Century Holdings Ltd and others) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Administrative Court: a judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to close the Renewables Obligation to new large-scale solar PV generation.

    Recent work and significant cases include:

    • R (Association for the Conservation of Energy) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Administrative Court (2013): judicial review challenge to the Green Deal’s omission of compulsory energy-saving improvement measures
    • R (Greenpeace Ltd) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Administrative Court: advised Greenpeace on the adequacy of the Secretary of State’s environmental assessment of deep sea oil drilling projects, following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
    • R (Western Power Distribution Investments Ltd) v Cardiff City Council, Administrative Court (2011): judicial review challenge to designation of land as Local Nature Reserve
    • Advised on Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations (2013)
  • What the Directories Say

    Administrative & Public Law: “An impressive advocate.” “An excellent public law junior whose written and oral advocacy often has the elegance and clarity of a QC.”Chambers UK, 2019

    Immigration: “An excellent barrister who was great in front of the Supreme Court.”Chambers UK, 2019

    Telecommunications: “He is very direct and is extremely clear and critical in his advice.” “Leads big cases on his own, is very effective as an advocate and is confident and persuasive.” “In case management conferences he is calm, measured and forensic..”- Chambers UK, 2019

    Leading junior in Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors: ‘‘His arguments are very well constructed and he has strong tactical skills’’ – Legal 500, 2018

    Leading junior in EU Law: ‘‘His legal analysis is very strong. His written arguments are well constructed and he has strong tactical skills.’’ – Legal 500, 2018

    Leading junior in Telecoms (regulatory): ‘‘He has strong analytical skills and phenomenal influencing abilities.’’ – Legal 500, 2018

    Leading junior in Immigration (including business immigration): ‘‘One of the best counsel for immigration matters; he is both fair and expert.’’  – Legal 500, 2018

    Administrative & Public Law: “An excellent public law junior, whose written and oral advocacy often has the elegance and clarity of a QC.”Chambers UK, 2018

    Immigration: “He has fantastic judgement.” “He does a very good job on his feet and he’s very effective.”Chambers UK, 2018

    Telecommunications: “A good all-rounder on telecom disputes,” who “can deliver difficult messages in a pleasant and measured way.”- Chambers UK, 2018

    Leading junior in Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors: ‘‘Unflustered, well-prepared and client-friendly.’’ – Legal 500, 2017

    Leading junior in Telecoms (regulatory): ‘‘He combines an incisive mind with a clear and courteous courtroom manner.’’ – Legal 500, 2017

    Leading junior in Immigration (including business immigration): ‘‘A very pleasant opponent and very much liked by his clients.’’  – Legal 500, 2017

    Administrative & Public Law: “An excellent public law junior whose written and oral advocacy often has the elegance and clarity of a QC.” “Very impressive, with great clarity and a deep understanding of the application of law. His presentation is always clear and concise.”Chambers UK, 2017

    Immigration: “Highly skilled advocate, he has handled complex, flagship immigration cases.” – Chambers UK, 2017

    Telecommunications: “His technical skill and knowledge of competition and EU law are very good.” “He’s a very highly thought-of junior who will continue to thrive.”Chambers UK, 2017

    Leading junior in Administrative and public law: “Calm, commercial and willing to engage as part of a team.”Legal 500, 2016

    Leading junior in Telecoms (regulatory): “A highly accomplished practitioner, who delivers with clarity and composure.” – Legal 500, 2016

    Leading junior in Immigration: “Regularly acts unled for the Home Office in major cases.” – Legal 500, 2016

    Telecommunications: “The most highly regarded barrister in this chapter, according to our research, reflecting his “excellent work” is this area. With a fantastic reputation in the industry, clients “couldn’t wish for a more skilled advocate”.WHO’S WHO LEGAL (WWL) UK BAR 2016

    Administrative and Public Law: “A very calm and cool advocate with excellent knowledge of European law.” “His preparation is first-class, he’s client-friendly and sticks to his guns.”- Chambers UK, 2016

    Immigration Law: “He is an excellent lawyer, mostly doing national security cases.”Chambers UK, 2016

    Telecommunications: “He’s a very thoughtful and persuasive advocate.” “He grasps the issues and reduces them to the simple and practical.”- Chambers UK, 2016

    “Very clear written and oral advice.” Leading Junior in Administrative and Public Law. Legal 500, 2015

    Highly regarded for his broad regulatory practice.Leading Junior in Telecoms LawLegal 500, 2015

    Excellent preparation and presentation.Leading Junior in Immigration Law. Legal 500, 2015

    Administrative & Public Law: “He is an excellent public law junior whose written and oral advocacy often has the elegance and clarity of a QC.” “He is excellent – he can do any area of public law.”Chambers UK, 2015

    Recommended as a Leading Junior in Immigration – Chambers UK, 2015

    Telecommunications: “He’s really outstanding in terms of clarity and the succinct way in which he expresses himself.”Chambers UK, 2015

    ‘Outstanding written and oral advocacy.’ Rob Palmer is a recommended leading Junior under Administrative and Public Law – Legal 500, 2014

    ‘Acts for both claimants and defendants.’ Rob Palmer is a recommended leading Junior in Immigration Law – Legal 500, 2014

    Under Telecommunications Law: Highly thought of among practitioners, who note his fast-growing reputation in this sector. His practice encompasses judicial review appearances and challenges against regulators.“An impressive junior, who is able to hold his own in court in complex and difficult cases.” Chambers UK, 2014

    Robert Palmer is ranked under Immigration. “Hard-working and good on the detail.”Chambers UK, 2014

    “Robert Palmer, who is ‘highly intelligent’ and ‘able to see the bigger picture’, is recommended,” under Administrative and Public Law. Legal 500, 2013

    Robert Palmer, who has ‘reached a level of expertise in the sector that rivals that of many QCs’;” is a recommended leading Junior in Telecommunications Law. Legal 500, 2013

    Robert Palmer is also recommended as a leading Junior in Planning Law and Immigration Law. Legal 500, 2013

    “Robert Palmer, “a fine advocate, who is clear, straightforward and makes points in a punchy and persuasive fashion.” He has much experience of representing both the government and applicants in the immigration context, and his knowledge is highly valued by instructing solicitors.” Chambers UK, 2013

    Robert Palmer is a recommended leading junior in Administrative and Public Law. Legal 500, 2012

    Robert Palmer is a recommended leading junior in Immigration Law. Legal 500, 2012

    Robert Palmer is a recommended leading junior in Planning Law. Legal 500, 2012

    Robert Palmer is a recommended leading junior in Pubic & Administrative Law. Legal 500, 2011

    In Education Robert Palmer is recommended as a leading junior. Legal 500, 2011

    Legal 500, 2011 states in Environment, that Robert Palmer is ‘excellent’.”

    Immigration (including business immigration) recommends Robert Palmer as a leading junior. Legal 500, 2011

    Legal 500, 2011 recommends Robert Palmers as a leading junior in Planning.

  • Lectures and Publications
    • The impact of judicial review on business: Sweet & Maxwell Judicial review conference (2014) The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014: is it lawful? (2014)
    • EU Citizenship: the unforeseen advance of destiny (Bar European Group conference, 2014) Proportionality and Objective Justification: How far is too far? (GLS Annual EU Law Conference, 2014)
    • Judicial Review of Hospital Closures (2014)
    • Opening the EU Law Armoury: Challenging State Regulation of Business (2012) Beginning, middle and end: how to write a judicial review story (2012)
    • Proportionality and the Intensity of Review: where are we after Sinclair Collis? (2011) EU Citizenship (2011)
    • Competition Disqualification Orders (2010)
    • Judicial Review – Procedure, Tactics, Drafting (2010)
    • Public Procurement and section 106 obligations: when are they caught? (Procurement Law Association, 2009)
    • Community Care: NHS Continuing Care (2007) Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (2006)
    • School Admission Appeals and Disability Discrimination (2005) School Reorganisation (2004)
    • Updates on Discrimination Law (2004, 2003)
    • Mount Cook 2: An analysis [2004] Judicial Review 55 Halsbury’s Laws, Local Government (Contributor, 2003)
  • Additional Information

    Robert gained a first class honours degree at St. John’s College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1996), and was elected President of the Oxford Union (1995). He obtained a Diploma in Law with commendation at City University (1997). At Bar School, he came first in his year and was awarded the Scarman Scholarship, with a grade of “Outstanding” (1998). He was also awarded the Macaskie Award (1998), a Prince of Wales Scholarship (1997) and a Karmel Award (1996) by Gray’s Inn.

    Robert is a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) and the Bar European Group (BEG).

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