Robert has been a partner at Turbervilles since 1989, having qualified as a solicitor more than 25 years ago, after graduating with an MA in law at Cambridge University.
With a background in commercial litigation, he has for the past 15 years specialised in employment law. Acting for employers, he has a special interest in boardroom disputes, TUPE related issues and tackling illegal competition from ex-employees. Robert has considerable expertise in helping clients managing sensitive or challenging dismissals. He also advises employees, helping them with difficult situations at work or with employment tribunal claims.
Key practice areas
- Boardroom disputes
- Executive terminations
- Service agreements/contracts of employment
- Staff handbooks/policies
- Employment tribunals
- Settlement agreements
- Estate agency/Lettings
Robert has been involved in some high profile cases including the case of Alboni v Ind Coope Retail Limited in which the Court of Appeal gave a judgment which has had a significant impact on the law relating to unfair dismissal.
Robert appears in the Legal 500 and is described as: ‘reassuring’ (2012). He is also ranked in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and described as: ‘extremely competent’ (2012) and ‘easy to do business with’ providing ‘speedy, practical and relevant advice’ (2014).
In 2013 Robert acted for an American-owned marketing agency in its successful defence of a £100,000 claim by a senior ex-employee for unfair dismissal and breach of contract. The case went to a final hearing where Robert’s client’s actions were completely vindicated. In a further 2013 case he represented a woman who had been dismissed after 30 years’ service on trumped up misconduct charges. The client received over £100,000 compensation for her unfair dismissal and for disability discrimination.
Also in 2013 Robert assisted a Japanese-owned company to resolve some difficult TUPE issues which arose on the disposal of part of its UK business.
What clients say about Robert
‘I am very happy to recommend Robert Dixon to any business looking for an employment lawyer who will give you advice which is not only practical and decisive but also prompt – whatever time of day you ask for it. Robert has been supporting us for 3 years now and has brought real value to our business, not just in assisting us to deal with the occasional tricky HR issue but also in helping us compile and maintain a comprehensive staff handbook which we see as a key building block for our company going forward.’
Julie Green, Finance Director
WMF United Kingdom Limited
‘Thank you, Robert. I have been very impressed with the quality of your advice and your availability.’
David Walker, Chairman
Ardmore Language Schools Limited
Other Activities and Interests
- Member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.
- Instrumental in the creation of the HR & Employment department’s successful seminar and workshop programmes.
- Enthusiastic and active member of the Heritage chapter of BNI in Aylesbury.
- Trustee and long-standing governor of the Uxbridge High School Academy Trust.
- Involved in a number of community activities in and around the Wendover area.
- Long-suffering supporter of Barnsley Football Club.
Happy to recommend to any business looking for an employment lawyer …. has brought real value