Robert Godfrey

Partner, Head of Professional Negligence and Dispute Resolution

Career

Robert joined Simpson Millar in 2016, having previously been an Equity Partner in a small firm where he was Head of Professional Negligence and General Litigation. He spearheaded litigation on behalf of a group of former coal miners who had been let down by their original solicitors while trying to claim what they were due under a government compensation scheme. 

He successfully argued cases twice in the Court of Appeal in this very niche area of professional negligence in which Robert has become an acknowledged expert.

His experience has gained him coverage in many legal publications and national newspapers, as well as on BBC Radio 4.

Robert heads up a specialist team of lawyers who handle all areas of Professional Negligence claims against solicitors and barristers as well as other professionals.

Presently, the team are heavily involved in the Leasehold Scandal. They work alongside the National Leasehold Campaign trying to recover compensation for people who are trapped in a property which has devalued because of the terms and conditions of their Lease.

In addition, the team specialises in Contentious Probate disputes, Financial Mis-selling, ATE Panel Agreement disputes, Data Protection claims and Misuse of Personal Information claims as well as general litigation and contractual disputes.

A number of cases are out of the ordinary and often declined by other firms but Rob is always happy to take a view on.

Robert is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

Interests outside of work

Robert is married with a young family. When he’s not serving as his son’s taxi service for football and tennis practice and parties, he enjoys visiting Manchester’s theatres and restaurants. When Robert’s at home, he enjoys cooking, reading and listening to music.

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