Robert Skyner

Robert Skyner

Year of Call: 2003

Personal Injury

+44 (0)115 8961983

Robert was called to the bar in 2003, he is an experienced Civil Practitioner with an emphasis on all types of personal injury work. He undertakes all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work and has extensive experience of trial advocacy on both the Fast Track and Multi Track. Robert is also considered as an expert in providing advices on quantum and liability, and in drafting complex statements of case. Robert acts in equal measure for Claimants and Defendants and is particularly sought after in claims involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty.

Experienced in providing lectures and training seminars on a wide range of topics, Robert is accredited with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board to provide CPD training.


Robert specialises in personal injury litigation and he has extensive experience in all areas of personal injury practice and procedure. He is instructed in equal measure by both Claimants and Defendants.

Robert is regularly called upon to act in complex and high value claims but is also available for standard trials, disposal hearings and interlocutory matters. He is currently instructed in a number of fatal accident cases and has represented both insurers and the family of the recently deceased following fatal road traffic collisions and fatal accidents at work.

Regular instructions are received for claims in the following fields:

Food Poisoning and Holiday Illness
Road Traffic Accidents
Low-Velocity Impact cases
Credit Hire
Fraud/Fundamental Dishonesty
Public Liability
Employers Liability
Industrial Disease Claims

Food poisoning & holiday illness

Robert receives regular instructions from a number ofleading Legal 500 Firms to act for both Claimants and Defendants. He is highly regarded for his ability and experience in this emerging field of law and is considered to be thorough, effective and robust in his assessment of the evidence and subsequent trial advocacy. Robert is regularly instructed to draft comprehensive and detailed Particulars of Claim, Defences, Schedules and Counter-Schedules.

Robert is also instructed as an in-house advisor to a number of leading medical agencies, providing training, advice and guidance to medical experts on their Part 35 obligations.


Robert is regularly instructed to appear at inquests and disciplinary and tribunal hearings.

Robert is experienced at providing legal advice and representation to any family, individual or organisation who have any degree of involvement or interest in an inquest in the Coroner’s Court. He regularly appear at inquests, representing:

Bereaved families
Individuals or companies who may have caused or contributed to a death
Employers, government departments and local authorities or other organisations whose conduct is under scrutiny
Insurers, and other interested parties

Robert is able to provide practical and expert legal advice with compassion, sensitivity, and respect, recognising that inquests can be very emotive proceedings. Nevertheless, Robert is committed to robust and fearless representation of his clients, even where the cause might seem unpopular or difficult. Robert can provide expert advice and representation in a wide variety of cases, including:

Deaths arising from road traffic accidents
Breaches of health and safety legislation
Hospital or care home
Medical error or neglect
Unlawful killings
Deaths in police and prison custody


Robert is happy to accept instructions in Private Law and Public Law proceedings acting for parents, extended family members, local authorities and children via their guardians. His family practice includes matrimonial finance, TOLATA and injunctions.

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