Robert Rhodes QC specialises in business crime (e.g. civil and criminal fraud, tax investigations, bribery and money laundering), mediation and arbitration (both as counsel and mediator/arbitrator), financial services, regulatory and disciplinary law. He is also registered for direct access with the public.
Robert is noted for his utter dedication to his clients. He has a commercial approach to his clients’ problems, and always gives clear, practical advice.
Robert sits on a number of Far Eastern panels of arbitrators / mediators, has rights of audience in the Dubai International Financial Centre, and is a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He has been appointed a Senior International Mediation Expert at the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has also chaired numerous regulatory and disciplinary tribunals. He has been a member of the Corporate Panel of the Dispute Board Federation. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a Recorder of the Crown Court in England and Wales, and a member of the Bar Council.
He has been recommended as a Leading Silk in Fraud, Banking and Finance by the Legal 500.
He has spoken in various continents on fraud, money laundering, bribery (most recently in Italy, where the audience included the Lord Chief Justice) mediation and arbitration. He has published extensively on those subjects, and has been interviewed by the media.
Robert is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council, and a member of the Advisory Council to the UK Sichuan Business Association.
Selection of Cases
Shah v Shah (Companies Court)
Company law dispute between brothers who were shareholders and directors of a plc.
BSAL v CHILUKIRI (Commercial Court)
Alleged advance fee fraud
R (Lee) v General Commissioners of Income Tax & HMRC (Administrative Court)
Successful application for judicial review in respect of Commissioners’ adverse decision to a taxpayer.
Connelly v Law Society (Administrative Court)
Significant case on various areas of law relating to solicitors’ practice, including conflicts of interest, obtaining written instructions from a client and solicitor’s lien.
Accountancy Investigation & Discipline Board v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP & Another
250 page judgment of tribunal (chaired by Robert Rhodes QC), relating to disciplinary proceedings arising from the collapse of Mayflower Plc. See www.frc.org.uk