Robert Oakley

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution


  • Thank you for your advice and hard work throughout this journey… You always made me feel very comfortable and I was confident in our result throughout

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  • Thank you all for your work…great result…

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  • Thank you again for all your hard work and good advice.

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  • I want to thank you sincerely for all of the help and support that you have provided in getting things to this point. It has been invaluable.

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  • Thanks for steering us through this process so professionally…it was nice to work with you

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  • Many thanks again for your help, as usual the advice you give is always top notch

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  • Thank you very much for your expert guidance

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  • “We are very grateful for all your assistance which has been a crucial element in dealing with this case"

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  • “I was (and am still) very appreciative of the time, expertise and advice you gave me"

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  • “Many thanks for all your efforts to date. It is really appreciated..."

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  • “I want to thank you and your team very sincerely for all the help and support you gave us through this very difficult time..."

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  • “Thank you - I very much appreciate your expert guidance and the speed with which you acted”

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  • “It was a pleasure working with you...I am pleased with the result - justice done”

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  • “It is good to have worked with you and the wider team; you most certainly deserve your reputation as a leading charity law firm”

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  • “Thank you for your assistance on the project - the excellent outcome speaks for itself”

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  • “Fantastic result and job really well done…thank you for your and your team’s hard work”

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  • Very impressive...Thanks again, you were most helpful.

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I am Head of Bates Wells’ Dispute Resolution Team. I help commercial organisations, charities, regulatory bodies, and individuals avoid and resolve disputes in a commercially sensitive and pragmatic way.

Mindful of reputational, cost and other relevant considerations, my team and I work closely with our clients to resolve many disputes before proceedings are commenced at Court. But I also represent clients robustly before the High Court, County Court and Higher Courts, in Arbitrations, Adjudications, and other dispute resolution forums, including Mediation. I am also regularly appointed by the Court as a Supervising Solicitor.


  • Intellectual Property Claims

    I successfully bring and defend claims for injunctions and awards of damages and legal costs in trade mark, passing off, copyright infringement and other intellectual property claims, including for membership bodies, Awarding Organisations and commercial businesses.

  • Governance, Membership and Shareholder Disputes

    I advise the boards and members / shareholders of many organisations in relation to internal governance and external disputes.

  • Director Disqualification Proceedings

    I have acted for a number of directors and trustees in high profile DDQ proceedings in the High Court

  • Procurement Challenges

    I advised a well-known construction company (and other clients) on a number of high value High Court claims against local authorities for breaches of procurement regulations, resulting in disqualified clients being permitted to tender, substantial settlement damages payments for our client and/or the procurements being re-run.

  • Fraud and Asset recovery

    I obtain and advise on disputes involving injunctive relief, search and asset freezing orders, delivery up and evidence preservation orders

  • Contested trusts, probate and legacy disputes

    I help resolve legacy disputes which have involved complex intellectual property rights issues, shares in private companies and other challenges to Wills

  • I advise on partnership and Shareholder disputes.
  • I regularly advise on a wide variety of commercial contractual disputes, grant and other funding related disputes.
  • I help numerous charities and other organisations deal with a range of challenges with regulatory bodies such as the Charity Commission
  • I advise on a range of enforcement options and how best to enforce legal rights.

Qualifications and career

  • East London University BA (Hons) Business Administration
  • College of Law London (CPE/LPC)
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1999
  • Partner at Bates Wells, 2006

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of London Solicitor Litigation Association
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, Institute of Legacy Management
  • Institute of Legacy Management
  • Parlex Special Interest Group on IP