Robert Walton is a qualified international arbitrator and a UK-based barrister specialising in the following areas of the law: land-use planning; building and operational development; compulsory purchase and compensation; and decision making by national and local government. Robert is routinely rated as one of the best specialist barristers in the UK – recent examples include the 2016 Planning Magazine survey, which rates Robert in the top 2 in the UK.
Robert is a specialist advisor and advocate in respect of all of the above areas. Recent high profile examples include:
- Expansion of the UK’s air transport capacity. Robert has extensive experience of advising and representing owners and promotors of new airport infrastructure, most recently in relation to the UK Government’s decision as to the expansion of Heathrow / Gatwick Airports.
- Hydrocarbons and mining. Robert recently advised on the consent process for the world’s largest potash deposit, the £2.4bn mine in North Yorkshire, UK and has advised on large-scale oil and gas exploration and extraction.
- Expansion of city-wide transport networks. Recent work includes advising and representing governmental and regional transport authorities, e.g. Manchester, UK, on the expansion of mass rapid transport schemes.
- State-sponsored land acquisition and compensation. Robert is a specialist in advising and representing state and other bodies, including national and regional governments, statutory bodies and corporations, in securing all necessary consents to acquire land and rights compulsorily, including human rights considerations, and in respect of the payment of compensation thereafter. Recent examples include the Anglo-French Channel Tunnel Rail Link and London’s Crossrail project, as well as housing clearance and retail-led regeneration schemes.
- International advisory work: includes land-use planning in Singapore and rating in Hong Kong.
- International Arbitration. Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators.