Robert Cline

Robert Cline - Barrister at St John's Buildings


Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2002

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Robert’s main area of practice is civil litigation, mainly focussing on personal injury.

He also has significant experience of criminal work and continues to act in this and several other areas of practice which bring together his experience from over a decade at the Bar.

He is happy to take appropriate cases on a conditional fee basis and is accredited to receive direct access instructions from members of the public.


  • Personal Injury

    Robert spends much of his time advising (both informally by telephone and formally in writing and in conference) and appearing in court in personal injury cases, acting for both claimants and defendants. He has many years’ experience at all levels, ranging from small claim to multi-track, interlocutory hearings to trials and costs arguments.

    He deals regularly with all types of negligence, road traffic, employer liability and public liability claims and has knowledge and experience of many areas such as:

    • Industrial disease
    • Clinical negligence
    • Industrial accidents
    • Road traffic claims involving allegations of fraud and “low velocity impact”
    • Credit hire
    • Health and safety at work
    • Product liability
    • Claims against employers for psychological injury
    • Slips and trips
    • Historical child abuse claims
    • Fatal accidents
    • Accidents abroad
    • Holiday illness claims
    • Inquests
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  • Crime

    Having worked as a magistrates’ clerk before entering into private practice, and then spending several years appearing regularly in the Magistrates’ and Crown courts across the region, Robert has a strong background in prosecuting and defending in a wide range of criminal cases. More recently, he has focussed on more specific areas which he enjoys and still deals with regularly, such as:

    • Road traffic prosecutions, especially speeding and drink-driving, often acting for clients at risk of losing their driving licence
    • Benefit fraud, having acted for both sides in cases of significant complexity and value
    • Environmental and regulatory prosecutions
    • Health and safety prosecutions
    • Proceeds of crime (Robert acted for one of the defendants in the first ever case prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office where a confiscation order was requested for offences contrary to data protection legislation)

    He has particular experience of quasi-criminal applications and orders, having acted for both sides in cases involving:

    • Anti-social behaviour orders
    • Gang injunctions
    • Sexual offences prevention orders
    • Football banning orders
    • Cash seizure and retention

    Robert has appeared for both appellants and the Authority in Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals and has an active knowledge and experience of the schemes dating back to 2001.

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  • Regulatory

    Robert is keen to expand his licensing practice, having advised and represented both applicants and local authority at both committee stage and on appeal, dealing with various licensing issues (premises licence applications, applications to revoke premises licences, private hire licences etc) and the costs arguments arising from such matters.

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  • Disease

    Robert is an expert in Disease litigation.

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  • Sport, Media and Entertainment Law

    Robert’s experience comes from his criminal law background. He has experience of dealing with a wide range of matters, most noticeably banning orders as a result of arrests at football grounds across the country.

    In his personal injury practice he also has experience of acting for those who suffer injuries in non-fault accidents in the field of play.

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