Robert Haggis

Senior Associate

Robert Haggis is a Senior Associate in Corporate and Commercial Law at Rothera Sharp and has over 35 years’ experience as a barrister and 20 years’ experience working in-house across international markets.

Based at our head office in the Lace Market office, Robert can supply legal advice to all kinds of businesses across the UK, from start-ups to established companies. He can advise clients on buying and selling companies, shareholder agreements, contract disputes, intellectual property, trademark issues, IT and software contracts and has a particular specialism for dealing with management buy outs, buying and selling, partnership dissolution and drafting contracts.

A problem solver by nature, quick and adaptable with a talent for identifying potential environments for clients where there could be a problem, saving clients time and money in the long-run.

Well versed in international law, having acquired knowledge of foreign companies’ legal systems through drafting international agreements for businesses based in France, America, Holland, Belgium, Algeria and Ireland.

Robert has previously specialised in gaming and software contracts and can advise on intellectual property, non-disclosure agreements, trade agreements, articles of association and amendments for clients and share capital reorganisations. Online compliancy is another area that Robert can assist clients with in developing their website and privacy policies, terms and conditions for use as well as advice on GDPR, data protection and how to structure an annual returns policy.

Robert is happy to travel to meetings with clients, getting to know and understand their business and legal needs. He makes it his priority to deliver a highly personal service and regardless of where you are based Robert can provide legal advice across the UK.

Having worked in house Robert has developed an understanding of the client’s perspective and can apply his wide range of knowledge and experience to quickly identify requirements, saving time and money in the process.

Qualifications and Experience

Qualified as a barrister in 1980 and did a pupillage in London before heading to Swansea between 1980 and 1984 to pursue criminal and commercial law in private practice.

Between 1984 and 2010 Robert worked in industry where he has dealt with industrial gas contracts and commercial agreements, start-ups and company formations, issues concerning the efficacy of drugs in the pharmaceuticals industry and contract issues between parties.

Committee member of the National Office of Animal Health from  1988 to 1998, assisting the government on Animal health legislation.

Robert has previously worked as a commercial and corporate lawyer for Frankfurt-based company Hoescht, the director of a chemicals company, and the legal consultant for a subsidiary of Hoescht, dealing with contracts.

Between 2001 and 2006 Robert worked as a company secretary and in-house gaming lawyer for Littlewoods, where he was involved in the setting up of online casinos in the Isle of Man and drafting up software contracts with IT companies, and an advisor on the drawing up of the Gambling Act 2005.

Robert has also worked for Public Safety Equipment Ltd, a Leeds based company where he dealt with drafting and negotiating supply contracts with foreign governments. He has also acted as a mediator on international supply contract disputes.

Office Base

The Lace Market

Secretary

Emily Kevan

Department

Corporate and Commercial

Information Technology

Intellectual Property

Professional Qualifications Held

BA Hons Law
Barrister
Member of the Honorable Society of Gray's inn

Interests

Aviation
Politics
Reading
History
Football

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