Rob is particularly interested in Administrative & Public law and, given the nature of his practice, public law issues pervade much of his work.
As a member of the Attorney General's 'B' Panel, Rob regularly appears in the Administrative and Planning Courts on behalf of Government departments. He has also appeared in the higher courts, including the Court of Appeal, on behalf of private parties, and other public bodies.
Rob has experience of judicial review (or statutory review incorporating judicial review principles) in the following areas:
• Local Government
• Planning (s.288, s.289 & Judicial Review)
• Immigration & Asylum
• Town & Village Greens
Many of the cases in which Rob has been involved have raised Human Rights issues and he is used to addressing domestic, European and international jurisprudence in relation to such matters.
Recent examples of his work which have raised judicial review principles include:
• Relta Ltd v Greater London Authority  EWHC 671 (Admin) – appeared for the GLA in respect of a judicial review challenge to the decision by the London of Mayor to designated Bromley Town Centre as a Housing Zone. The claim raised issues of interpretation and application of the Mayor's policy.
• R (on the application of Tracey) v SSHD  EWHC 1327 (Admin) – represented SSHD in a judicial review challenge to the deportation of an immigrant on the grounds that he had been given inadequate notice of his removal. The claim was dismissed.
• R (on the application of Headcorn Parish Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 970 - represented SSCLG in a judicial review challenge to the Secretary of State's screening direction in respect of a proposed housing development. It raised issues of the proper approach to material considerations, as well as the approach to "significant environmental effects" under the EIA Directive. The claim was dismissed.
• Licensed Taxi Drivers Association v Transport for London  EWHC 233 – appeared (together with Mark Lowe QC) in a judicial review challenge to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway.
• R (on the application of Ali) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 7 – Rob successfully defended a judicial review claim in which it was alleged that the Secretary of State's decision to grant limited (rather than indefinite) leave to remain to the Claimant was contrary to her duties pursuant to section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (the best interest duty).
• Dick v Wandle Housing Association (unreported) – successfully resisted a judicial review application in which the Claimant contended that the decision by the Housing Association to refuse her transfer request was unlawful on public law grounds, including by being in breach of their own policy.
• Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones  1 WLR 1561 – A judicial review in which the appellant argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of land prior to that enactment would be contrary to the presumption against retrospective legislation and breach their Protocol 1, Article 1 ECHR rights. Rob successfully appeared for the interested party, making both written and oral submissions to the Court of Appeal.