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Robert Dunn

Called 2016

Robert became a tenant at Parklane Plowden in 2017, following the successful completion of his pupillage under Mark Thomas and Dominic Bayne.

Robert takes instructions in a vast array of personal injury matters, including Small Claims and Fast Track trials, Applications, MOJ Stage 3s, and Approvals, in addition to drafting pleadings and providing advice to solicitors. Robert has also developed a strong credit hire practice, appearing for both Claimants and Defendants at all stages of the litigation process.

Moreover, Robert undertakes a large amount of employment law work, from Preliminary to Final Hearings, and also some lower value chancery work. For further details, please see the drop down list below, or contact one of our clerks

Before starting pupillage, Robert undertook legal aid work in Kampala, Uganda, advising and drafting court documents for disadvantaged clients. When not at work, Robert can often be found running, playing football, on the terraces of his beloved St. James’ Park, or satisfying his love of non-league football at Hillheads Park.

Regularly writes on topical civil law matters.

Areas of Expertise
Business and Commercial
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In addition to the credit hire practice described above, Robert also takes instructions in low value chancery and commercial matters. In particular, Robert has advised on a number of Cavity Wall Insulation claims and is developing a practice in this area, and has also appeared for a number of insurance companies, involving contractual disputes with their insureds.

Employment
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Robert is establishing a strong employment law practice, and takes instructions in an array of employment law matters, building upon the strong foundation given to him in pupillage by Dominic Bayne. Common instructions include attendance at Preliminary Hearings, and Final Hearings. Recent successes have included:

  • For a Respondent, securing the dismissal of a claim for both unpaid Time Off In Lieu and Holiday Pay, in a claim by a former company director;
  • For a Respondent, securing the dismissal of claims for both Unfair Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal, after the ET found the Claimant had been dismissed for gross misconduct.
  • For a Respondent, achieving a dismissal of an Unfair Dismissal claim, following a misconduct dismissal;
Insurance
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Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Robert frequently takes instructions from both Claimants and Respondents in a variety of personal injury matters, both attending Court and providing Advices on liability and quantum. This includes, inter alia:

  • MOJ Stage 3 Hearings
  • Small Claims
  • Patient Settlement and Infant Approval Hearings
  • RTA Claims
  • Employer’s Liability Claims
  • Highways Act 1980 Claims
  • Occupiers’ Liability Claims
  • Applications in the above matters

Additionally, Robert takes a significant number of instructions in credit hire cases, particularly for Defendants. Recent successes have included dismissal of a claim for credit hire charges after the Claimant’s contract was found to be unenforceable, and another, in which the Claimant’s claim was struck out for failure to comply with the Court’s preliminary order.

Professional Negligence
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Property
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Appointments
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2014: Senior Harris Scholarship (awarded to students of Downing College who achieve firsts across multiple years). 2015: Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholarship and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, University of Northumbria Dean's Award Recipient. 2016: Trinity Chambers Prize for the Best Performance on the BPTC, Opinion Writing Prize.

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Education

Education

2014: MA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge (First Class).

2016: Bar Professional Training Court, University of Northumbria (Outstanding).

 

Awards

2014: Senior Harris Scholarship (awarded to students of Downing College who achieve firsts across multiple years).

2015: Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholarship and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition

2015: University of Northumbria Dean's Award Recipient.

2016: Trinity Chambers Prize for the Best Performance on the BPTC

2016: Northumbria Univeristy BPTC Opinion Writing Prize.

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