Mr Robert-Jan Temmink KC > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Robert has a wide-ranging and international practice in commercial and chancery law. He is known for being a talented and intellectually-agile advocate equally at home in fraud and financial services cases as in aviation and shipping matters. He has a strong practice in construction, energy and infrastructure disputes and is often asked to advise and act in complex insolvency and cross-border actions.

Robert is called to the bar in the Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad & Tobago and has acted in cases in the BVI, Cayman and the Turks & Caicos islands. He is a registered advocate in the Abu Dhabi Global Market and was one of the first UK advocates registered to practice in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. He is also called to the bar in Northern Ireland and as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the State of New York.

Robert has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2007 and has been appointed as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, LMAA and English arbitrations under the Arbitration Act. He is a registered arbitrator in the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Asia International Arbitration Centre, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and has acted as Counsel in a wide variety of institutional arbitrations dealing with commercial cases in all of his core areas of practice.

Robert is an accredited mediator and has conducted numerous commercial mediations. He is a TECBAR-accredited mediator and adjudicator and has been appointed as an adjudicator in several large construction-related matters. He acted as Counsel in the Court of Appeal’s decision concerning stays of adjudication and enforcement in the event of a party’s insolvency.


Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Called to the Bars of Eastern Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago, New York (FLC) & Northern Ireland. Admitted to the Dubai International Financial Centre Court; Abu Dhabi General Market. ADR Group Accredited Mediator; TECBAR Accredited Mediator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator & Dispute Board Member; Asia International Arbitration Centre Arbitrator; HKIAC Panel Member.

Contributing author of LexisNexis Special Report: Financial Services Regulation & Litigation; Lissack & Horlick on Bribery; Investing in Emerging Markets.


Working knowledge of French, Italian, Russian, Spanish.




Trinity College, Cambridge (MA)


Trustee: Temple Music Trust; King’s Singers Foundation; St Paul’s Cathedral School. Director: Merchant Taylors’ Catering Company; Court Member of Merchant Taylors’ Company.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Aviation and Travel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Robert-Jan Temmink KC – Quadrant Chambers ‘An able and talented barrister who is well-prepared and able to make his submissions well and concisely.’

Offering ‘a broad range of talent across the juniors and KCs’ who handle aviation matters, Quadrant Chambers‘ barristers are called upon by the world’s leading airlines and lessors on matters ranging from EC261 claims to major commercial disputes concerning hull damage and non-payment of rent among other issues. John Kimbell KC is frequently called upon in regard to fatal accidents while Robert-Jan Temmink KC is engaged in coverage and leasing disputes arising out of the imposition of sanctions in Russia. Matthew Reeve KC, appointed silk in 2023, acted for the family of the footballer Emiliano Sala in the inquest into his death in a crash near Guernsey in 2019, in addition to work on leasing disputes – Tom Bird acted for the aircraft’s maintenance providers in the Sala inquest. Craig Williams acts for lessors and airlines in a range of commercial disputes, while also handling hull damage and fatal accident claims.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Robert-Jan Temmink KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Robert is a first-class advocate – his use of the English language, the pace at which he speaks and his carefully chosen pauses combine for a hugely effective performance in court.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Robert-Jan Temmink KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Robert is just fantastic: his leadership of vast teams of legal, factual and quantum experts in massive cases is a wonder to behold, he instils total confidence amongst his wider teams and client, which is in part down to his total grasp of complex detail and then delivery of perfectly crafted arguments in written and oral form. His advocacy in the international arbitration arena – is masterful: he adapts to the situation he finds himself and then delivers for his client.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Robert-Jan Temmink KC  – Quadrant Chambers

Incredible work ethic, powerful submissions and killer cross-examinations – the ultimate advocate who also provides great strategic input.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Robert-Jan Temmink KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Robert is a fantastic advocate and leader on a case. He has brilliant strategic foresight, great judgement and is meticulous in his preparation and drafting; and both formidable and charming in his advocacy – where he is a particular leader in his cohort of experienced international silks. A real Rolls-Royce!

‘A strong international commercial set with top class silks and juniors‘, Quadrant Chambers are considered a ‘go-to set’ in the Middle East for ‘all trading, shipping, trading finance and sanctions matters.’ Chirag Karia KC continues to command a strong reputation for commercial, shipping and commodities cases, while Robert-Jan Temmink KC regularly appears before DIFC and ADGM Courts; as well as being a DIAC registered arbitrator. Paul Toms is highly active in the DIFC Courts and represents the claimant in Westford Trade Services DMCC v Dubai Insurance Co., a credit insurance claim following the demise of Phoenix Global DMCC.