Robert is listed as a guest speaker for one of our discussions but he does not work at Cumberland Lodge. We cannot share his contact details and it is not always possible for us to pass on contact enquiries to past speakers.

Sir Robert has been a barrister since 1973 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. Before his retirement from full-time practice in March 2020 he sat as a Recorder (part-time Crown Court judge) and as a Deputy High Court Judge.

He specialises in medical law, including medical and mental health treatment and capacity issues, clinical negligence and professional discipline. 

He has chaired several health-related inquiries, including two inquiries into the care provided by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the Freedom to Speak Up Review into the treatment of NHS staff who raise concerns. He is a non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission and was appointed Chair of Healthwatch England in 2018.

He is the honorary President of the Patients Association, a trustee of the Point of Care Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Research Centre. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Surgeons (England) and the Royal College of Pathologists.