Tony de Garr Robinson's practice covers a diverse range of disciplines. Described by Chambers and Partners as ‘rapidly becoming one of the leading commercial silks of his generation’ and by the Legal 500 as ‘an outstanding advocate with impeccable judgment and a tremendous work ethic', he undertakes substantial High Court and appellate proceedings, offshore litigation, international arbitration and advisory work. He has acted as an English law expert in foreign proceedings and he sits as an arbitrator.
Educated at Oxford (where he was an Open Scholar and a Gibbs Prize winner) and Harvard (where he was a Kennedy Scholar), he is identified as a leading practitioner in many fields. He is currently recommended as a 'Leader at the Bar' in six categories in Chambers UK 2016 (Banking & Finance; Chancery/Commercial; Commercial Dispute Resolution; Company; Fraud/Civil and Restructuring/Insolvency), in four categories in Legal 500 201 (Banking and Finance; Company and Partnership; Fraud: Civil; and Insolvency), and in two categories in Chambers Global 2016 (Dispute Resolution: Commercial and Dispute Resolution: Chancery Commercial).
As can be seen from his full CV (which is very long), the range of disciplines he covers is unusually diverse. For example:
He has been ranked in Chambers and Partners and in the Legal 500 for over 20 years and certain themes can be discerned from the comments made about him during that time. These include his determination to understand all aspects of a case rather than just the big picture, making it possible to spot solutions (and problems) which others might miss; his aptitude for thinking creatively about the law to achieve practical solutions, taking concepts from one field and applying them to others; his ability to express complex points in a simple and attractive way; his faculty for communicating with clients and understanding their concerns and objectives, and his strategic approach to dispute resolution. He enjoys working as part of a team and he likes examining witnesses (his longest ever cross examination took the best part of a month).
Some examples of recent comments about him:
'He has shown great skill in getting to grips with complex accoutning issues and is a good team player.' 'He's extremely bright and good on his feet.' (Chambers and Partners 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution)
'Anthony delivers advice that is tangible and practical and is incredibly usr-friendly.' 'He is very technically gifted and very hard-working.' (Chambers and Partners 2017 - Banking and Finance)
'He is a great advocate who has an excellent bedside manner with clients.' 'He's impressive and thorough.' (Chambers and Partners 2017 - Civil Fraud)
'An incisive advocate with a brilliant mind.' (Chambers and Partners 2017 - Company)
'He is incredibly bright and a master strategist' (Chambers Global 2016)
‘He's the complete package in the sense that he has tremendous gravitas with the court, fantastic analytical abilities and top-notch client-handling skills’. ‘His cross examination is phenomenal. He draws out the story persuasively but, equally, gets the evidence out of the witness' (Chambers UK 2016)
'The real deal; an outstanding advocate with impeccable judgment and a tremendous work ethic' (Legal 500 2016)
‘As good as they come’. 'He's rapidly becoming one of the leading commercial silks of his generation; he always has the ear of the court and is extremely user-friendly' (Chambers UK 2015)
'Extremely incisive and insightful' (Legal 500 2015)
'He combines formidable intelligence with unbelievable industry and endless charm to turn in brilliant performances’ (Chambers Global 2014)
'Intelligent and charismatic. He reassures clients that every angle has been covered. He's brilliant on litigation tactics and blends commercial simplicity with detailed legal analysis to form a potent approach to any case' (Chambers UK 2014)
[He] is noted for 'his fantastic ability to handle clients'. Possessed of a 'winning courtroom style', he is a man whose 'unassuming manner belies a formidable intellect', and someone who is 'amongst the most tactically astute lawyers' at the Commercial Bar' (Chambers UK 2013)
[He] stands out as an 'incredibly persuasive advocate' who demonstrates 'a great facility for finding winning points'. Sources add: 'He is able to pick a path through tricky jurisprudence to create a credible and convincing legal argument ' (Chambers UK 2012)
'[He] impresses with his 'outstanding advocacy and commercially minded approach'. One interviewee called him 'one of the cleverest people I’ve ever met' and suggested that his 'fantastic range of experience' enables him to handle a vast range of disputes' (Chambers UK 2011)
Some notable recent cases:
Novatrust Ltd v Kea Investments Ltd (2016) He acted for the claimant in an appeal from the dismissal on jurisdictional grounds of its claims regarding a £130 million joint venture. Amongst other things, the appeal raised fundamental questions regarding the nature of derivative proceedings, the jurisdiction of the English court to authorise a shareholder to bring such proceedings on behalf of a BVI company and the jurisdiction of the court to grant declarations. The defendant agreed terms for the appeal to be allowed.
RP Explorer Master Fund v Sanjay Malhotra (2015) He acted for a bank in a US$77m conspiracy claim relating to the issue of Global Depositary Receipts on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The claimants alleged that the bank had facilitated a conspiracy to obtain US$200m from institutional investors by means of various deceits regarding what was alleged to be a fictitious project to acquire and construct an oil refinery in India.
MDNX Group Ltd v Richard Cunningham (2015) He acted in a £10m claim by the buyers of an IT company for breach of warranty by the sellers of that company. The case involved complex issues of contractual construction, accounting and valuation.
Myriad Group AG v Oracle America Inc (2014) He spent much of 2014 acting in a $120m-plus dispute about Oracle America’s open access licensing regime for Java software. The dispute had commenced with litigation in California and Delaware but ultimately resulted in an UNCITRAL arbitration in London, where he was lead counsel for Oracle.
Geoffrey Logue and Another v Project Grande (Guernsey) Ltd (2013) He acted for the Candy brothers and their associated companies in a £12m conspiracy claim relating to the One Hyde Park development. The unlawful means alleged included breach of confidence, the tort of abuse of process and unlawful interference. The defendants hotly disputed both liability and quantum.
Antonio Gramsci Shipping Corp v Recoletos Ltd [2014) 1 BCLC 581;  4 All ER 157 &  2 Lloyd's Rep. 295 (Court of Appeal) and  2 Lloyd's Rep 365 (Teare J) Acting for a defendant in a £100m shipping fraud claim, he successfully challenged the jurisdiction of the court after a 5-day hearing, on the basis that it is not possible to establish jurisdiction under the Brussels Regulation by piercing the corporate veil. The claimants appealed, effectively arguing that the corporate veil should be pierced under European law. The appeal was dismissed, as was the claimants' application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.