Robert Griffiths

W Robert Griffiths QC SC (NSW)

Call: 1974 QC: 1993

Education

MA, BCL (Oxon)

 

Practice

Robert Griffiths QC is a practising Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel in New South Wales who has a multi-disciplinary domestic and international practice across a range of specialist areas of law. He was formerly Joint Head of 4-5 Grays Inn Square and Head of Mondial Chambers. He has appeared in a large number of reported cases, many of which are at appellate level in the Court of Appeal, House of Lords, Privy Council and more recently in the Supreme Court. His practice extends to other jurisdictions including Australia, India, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei and Scotland. He has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration and was President of the London Chamber of Arbitration from 2016 to 2018. He is listed in Who’s Who 2018 here.

He has been described as “one of the biggest names at the Bar” (Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times) “conspicuously able” and an “outstanding advocate, his core strength is in dissecting the other side’s case and seeking to deliver the client’s case in the best light” (Legal 500), “a master in the art of questioning”, he puts witnesses “through the wringer” (The Cricketer), “very commercially astute and user friendly”, “top drawer” (Chambers Directory) and provides “first rate advice” (Legal 500).

Also described as, “one of the UK’s leading commercial QC’s”, “one of the sharpest barristers in the land” and as having “an ordered mind and a razor tongue” (The Times), he was the Times’ Lawyer of the Week (October 2007) for his representation of Darrell Hair in his claim against the International Cricket Council in respect of the ball tampering affair at the Oval.

In 2018 in recognition of his contribution to law, sport and the philosophy of sport, he was elected to a Fellowship of the Erasmus Forum.

He was a Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law) (A Panel) from 1989-1993. He took Silk in 1993 and became a Senior Counsel (New South Wales) in 1999. He is a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple.

He has been instructed in many leading cases in Public, Planning, Regulatory and Commercial law. Those cases include the Rose Theatre, Mclaren v the Home Office, Delaney v Staples, Marsal v Apong, HSE v Wolverhampton City Council, Varma v Mittal, The Government of France v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He has appeared in a number of high profile Public Inquiries. He represented the Home Office at the Strangeways Inquiry and promoted for the Government the South Downs and New Forest National Parks. He also appeared in one of the largest Public Inquiries in Scotland involving a Compulsory Purchase Order for the St James Retail and Leisure Quarter in Edinburgh.

He is currently representing the United Cabbies Group (on behalf of the United Taxi Action Group) in their claim for judicial review of the decision to award a new licence to Uber. Click here for news item.

He has also been instructed to represent Cheshire West and Chester Council in a two week public inquiry in January 2019. The inquiry will look at the relationship between shale gas development and climate change. It will be the first public inquiry to deal comprehensively with the issue.

He is presently acting for a consortium of Businesses in North London in rating cases involving the BID (Business Improvement District). Click here for news item.

He acted for the South Downs National Park Authority in a successful challenge to Highways England’s decision in relation to the selection of the preferred route for the A27.

He is also acting for the owners of a livery in a judicial review challenge to a decision of Windsor & Maidenhead Borough Council relating to planning enforcement and condition notices.

On the commercial side, he is currently representing a shareholder and director of an IT company in a dispute over a start-up company. He is also acting for the claimant in an insurance action in the High Court against American Express and Axa Insurance. The claim arises out of the failure on the part of the Defendants to provide emergency repatriation to the UK when the claimant suffered an illness in Dubai.

His clients have included The Who, Bucks Fizz, Muhammad Ali, Manchester United FC, Kerry Packer, the Sultan of Brunei, the Government of France and a large number of multinational corporations, investment institutions, Government Departments and Public Authorities.

He was an Open Scholar of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, is a Bencher of Middle Temple, a Freeman of the City of London, a Committee Member of the MCC, Chairman of the MCC Laws Sub-Committee 2007 – 2014, a Director of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Garrick Club.

Since August 2017 Robert Griffiths has been a senior practising member of Six Pump Court. He is especially focussing on international commercial and arbitration law, international trade, Brexit issues, public law and regulatory matters relating to transport and infrastructure. In addition, he is acting for a number of clients in the UK and overseas, in relation to oil and gas exploration including shale gas and fracking and climate change.

 

Appointments

Professional Appointments

Fellow of the Erasmus Forum, 2018
President of the London Chamber of Arbitration, 2016-2018
Head of Mondial Chambers, 2016-2018
Joint Head of 4-5 Grays Inn Square Chambers, 2008-2015
Master of the Bench, Middle Temple, 2004
Special Advocate, 2004
Senior Counsel (New South Wales), 1999
Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law) (‘A’ Panel), 1989-1993
Standing Counsel to the National Grid, 1987-1993
Standing Counsel to the National Dock Labour Board, 1983-1989
Open Scholarship to St Edmund Hall, Oxford 1968

 

Cricket Appointments and Memberships

Member of MCC Committee, 2000-2001, 2001-2003, 2004-2011, 2012-2015, 2016-2019
Chairman of MCC Development Committee, 2009-2011
Chairman of the MCC Laws Sub-Committee, 2008-2014
Chairman of Test Match Grounds Consortium, 1998-2002

 

Other Appointments

Director of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2014-2016
Trustee of the Lords Taverners, 2011-2013
Special Adviser to Princes Regeneration Trust, 2008-2012
Freeman City of London, 1997

 

 

 

For further detail on career, articles and publications see his personal website.

 

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