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Robert Dobbyn

Partner  |  Walkers

England and Wales


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Seeing the size of our team grow. Walkers has more offshore lawyers than any other firm but has not historically had much of a Channel Islands private client focus, so it has been a great pleasure to be part of something new and exciting.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

If you come from a traditional tax and trusts background, try to get involved early on with both some corporate work and on the more contentious side. Both of these will stand you in good stead later on in your career when you have become too expensive to be doing this for the first time!

What is your favourite quote?

"If you can't explain something clearly, then you haven't understood it well enough" is a great one for private client lawyers. I think it is one of Albert Einstein's. I also rather like "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation". That one I believe is from Jean Kerr. Maybe not one to take quite as seriously but a former colleague of mine, Phil le Cornu, used to have it up on his wall and it would always get a smile!