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Robin focuses mainly on media related litigation in all its forms, including defamation, libel, privacy, intellectual property and contractual disputes. He also advises on general commercial litigation in other industry sectors.

Robin has acted for many leading media organisations. He has been Private Eye’s lawyer for over twenty years and his clients have also included the Telegraph newspaper group, the Mirror Group, Penguin Books and Harper Collins.

He has extensive experience of litigating in both the High Court Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, and in the Court of Appeal. He also spends time undertaking defamation pre-publication work, in particular for Private Eye, and dealing with general commercial litigation outside of the media industry.

Robin joined Ince in 2014, after training and qualifying at another leading media law firm in 1983.

Highlight Matters

  • Acting for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph this year in successfully defending the high profile proceedings brought by Sir Philip Green to prevent publication of allegations of sexual and racial harassment.  
  • Acting for Private Eye in many claims and complaints. This includes successfully resisting both at first instance and on appeal an injunction application by Michael Napier, the  former president of the Law Society seeking to prevent publication of disciplinary proceedings taken against for breach of professional conduct.
  • Last year he acted for Private Eye in successfully resisting an application by Hertfordshire Police to produce its subscription list in order, so it was alleged, that they could identify a suspect.  
  • Acting for SAE Education this year in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court over whether its education service were exempt from VAT.    

Legal Directory Quotes and Other Accolades

"excellent analytical skills and is able to readily make sense of a large volume of information. He researches his cases in detail and thinks logically and is able to respond quickly to any enquiry"CHAMBERS UK
"A very experienced lawyer"CHAMBERS UK
"A cerebral operator"CHAMBERS UK
"quick to respond and very experienced"CHAMBERS UK

The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer in 2015 for Dispute Resolution – Defamation and Privacy, in 2016 for  Media and Entertainment, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Reputation Management

  • Chambers UK – ranked in Chambers UK 2015, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Defamation/Reputation Management
  • Super Lawyers UK (part of Thomson Reuters) – recognised as a London Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Citywealth’s Leaders List - noted as for his Reputation Management work in 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Recognised as The Times Lawyer of the Week in September 2010
  • Best Lawyers® in the United Kingdom - recognised in Defamation Law, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Media Society

Commercial Disputes, TMT