Robert Akers

robert akers

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2003

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Robert read Law at Sheffield Hallam University and was called to the Bar by The Inner Temple in 2002. He practises in all areas of Personal Injury law as well as Education Law and chairs the Independent Appeals Panel for Manchester, hearing appeals against exclusions from school and those relating to school admissions.

Memberships

  • Northern Circuit
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Education Law Association

Appointments

  • Chairman to the Manchester Independent Appeals Panel
  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Expertise

  • Personal Injury

    Robert’s personal injury practice includes:
    • Tripping and slipping claims
    • Industrial disease and workplace injuries
    • Occupiers’ Liability and Highways Act claims
    • Product Liability
    • Road traffic accidents (including low velocity impact accidents and suspected fraudulent accident) and credit hire.

    Robert has developed a broad personal injury practice and regularly appears in fast track and multi-track trials and interlocutory hearings for both Claimants and Defendants.

    Robert has a keen interest in travel law and has been instructed in cases for both Claimants and Defendants in matters concerning:
    • The Package Travel Regulations – particularly involving cases of food poisoning
    • Claims against tour operators and hoteliers
    • Road traffic accidents abroad
    • Accidents on board aircraft, cruise ships and ferries
    • The International Transport Conventions
    • The 4th European Motor Directive
    • The European Jurisdiction Regulation 44/2001
    • Accidents arising out of leisure activities abroad.

    Robert has a busy paperwork practice and, with all paperwork instructions, endeavours to complete work within three days of receipt.

    He is happy to consider accepting claims on a CFA basis in appropriate cases.

    Cases

    Batty v First Group Plc. (Unreported – York County Court, 2014): Represented the Defendant at a costs and case management hearing in which a number of arguments had to be made about the completeness of the party’s Precedent H forms. Robert was successful in substantially reducing the Claimant’s estimated costs.

    C v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd (Unreported – Warrington County Court, 2014): Represented the Claimant and was successful in having the Defendant’s case struck out on the day of trial following a number of failures on the part of the Defence to comply with previous directions of the Court. In successfully opposing the Defendant’s application for relief from sanctions and the subsequent application to the court for the Defence to be struck out it was necessary for Robert to make detailed arguments citing the cases of Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd, Durant v CC of Avon and Somerset Constabulary and also Denton v TH White Ltd.

    Ghader v EUI & Advantage Insurance & Johnson (Unreported – Crewe County Court, 2014): Represented the Claimant and was successful in opposing the second Defendant’s application for the disclosure of various extracts from the Claimant’s medical records.

    Re: A (Unreported – Manchester County Court, 2014): Represented the Claimant at a show cause hearing in which the Defendant insurance company was ordered to pay substantial wasted costs following the alleged forging of the Claimant’s signature on a document purportedly created by the Claimant answering requests for further information pursuant to CPR 18.

    Re: P (Unreported – Liverpool County Court, 2014): Successfully represented the Defendant at a hearing in which the Claimant sought to resile from an admission of contributory negligence.

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  • Education

    As Chair to the Independent Appeal Panel for Manchester, Robert has a thorough insight and awareness of the decision-making processes involved in such cases. Robert has also acted as a legal adviser to an Independent Appeal Panel.

    Robert provides advice and representation to parents, local authorities and other interested bodies in relation to such issues as disability discrimination, bullying, school admissions, exclusions, educational negligence, transport, fees and the duties of teachers, schools and local authorities.

    Robert has appeared in the High Court, Upper Tribunal and the First–tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and also before Independent Appeal Panels hearing admissions and exclusions appeals.

    Robert has lectured to local authorities on updates in admissions and exclusions law, special educational needs, the Academies Act 2010 and discrimination.

    Cases

    Re: K (2014): Provided detailed advice to the parents of a child recently excluded from a grammar school, including advice on the potential for an action for damages against the school on the grounds of discrimination in respect of race and disability.

    Re: A (Liverpool Independent Appeals Panel, 2014): Successfully represented the parents of a child appealing against a decision of a Local Authority to refuse their son a place at their chosen school. This case concerned a number of allegations of psychological and physical bullying against the child at his previous school.

    Re: W (First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), 2013): Successfully represented a Local Authority in a case before the First Tier Tribunal where it was alleged that the LA had discriminated against a child of primary school age on the grounds of his autism.

    Re: S (Birmingham Independent Appeals Panel, 2013): Successfully represented an Academy whose decision to permanently exclude a pupil, with various special education needs but who had violently attacked a number of members of staff, was appealed by the pupil’s parents. This case required the cross examination of a number of expert witnesses called on behalf on the excluded pupil.

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  • Family - Finance

    Robert appreciates the difficult emotional aspects of family law and pays particular attention to client care, displaying particular empathy and compassion alongside his well practised legal and advocacy skills.

    He accepts instructions in all matrimonial finance cases as well as those involving the breakdown of non-marital relationships (TOLATA) and is experienced in dealing with cases, with issues such as: maintenance pending suit, pension sharing and attachment orders, business accounts, trust arrangements and bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

    Robert is well used to appearing against litigants in person and in addition to the experience that he has gained through hearing cases in a semi-judicial capacity, is able to approach such matters firmly but fairly.

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  • Public Access

    Robert is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme. Click here to view our Public Access pages and details of the process for instructing public access accredited barristers.

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