Robert has been practicing in Brussels in the field of EU trade law and customs, mainly at partner level, for more than 25 years. After starting his career at DG-Trade of the European Commission, he now specialises in contentious litigation, investigations and procedures in front of the European Commission and the European Courts on trade-related disputes and remedies. He also advises on EU customs law, export control, sanctions and trade compliance as well as WTO law. He has been lead counsel in approximately two dozen appeals to the European General Court and the EU Court of Justice.
His work in the area of EU customs law mainly relates to duty reduction and recovery. Leveraging his many years of experience at EU level, he is no also advising clients on the new UK-EU27 customs relationship and the UK’s proposed independent trade policy as Brexit approaches. He is also the architect of the firm’s EU Duty Reduction and Recovery programme that has helped clients achieve significant amounts in EU customs duty savings for their European manufacturing operations.
He is a dual qualified UK and Belgian lawyer and holds a PhD in International Trade Law from the University of Glasgow.