Robert Platt > Watson Farley & Williams LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Watson Farley & Williams LLP Offices
15 APPOLD STREET
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PARTNER IN THE MARITIME GROUP
A commercial contracts and dispute resolution specialist, Robert’s expertise spans a broad range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on shipbuilding and offshore construction. Most recently he has also been heavily engaged on a number of high-profile cruise newbuilding projects.
His clients include leading shipowners, offshore contractors and well-known shipyards.
Robert is recommended for his expertise by The Legal 500 UK. In 2019, Legal 500 reported that he has a “well-deserved reputation as a brilliant lawyer and tough negotiator”.
Pupillage at the Bar 1993-94; assistant, Watson, Farley & Williams 1994-97; qualified 1998; assistant Curtis Davis Garrard 1997-2003; partner 2003-10; partner Watson, Farley & Williams 2010.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
‘Recognised for the depth and breadth of the practice’, the shipping team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP provides full-service support to clients in the maritime sector, with strong expertise regarding insolvency and restructuring matters as well as the enforcement of ship mortgages. George Macheras took over the role of co-practice head in February 2022 and now leads the team alongside Athens-based George Paleokrasses. Mike Phillips fields strength in a wide range of shipping matters, including contentious ship finance work, carriage of goods, and offshore vessel construction issues. Commercial contracts and dispute resolution are areas of focus for Robert Platt, and contentious dry shipping matters are handled by Charles Buss.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Real estate > Environment
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Transport > Shipping
- Finance > Trade finance
- Transport > Aviation
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Employment > Immigration
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Transport > Rail
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Employment > Employers
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Real estate > Property finance