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Robert Maxwell Marsh


Career summary

Robert acts for commercial clients in a wide range of commercial disputes. Robert has significant experience of high value litigation and arbitration work both in England & Wales and the Middle East. He is accustomed to acting for international clients and on cases with multi-jurisdictional elements. His areas of experience include banking and regulatory disputes as well as construction and employment disputes. Having trained in London at Herbert Smith, he spent four years in Dubai at Herbert Smith and Al Tamimi & Company, practising English law in front of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court and in ICC and LCIA arbitrations.


  • Punjab National Bank (International) Ltd v Srinivasan and others [2019] UKHC 89 (Ch) – acting for 8 defendants in a successful jurisdiction challenge to a USD45 Million claim by the bank (including the award of indemnity costs).
  • Bank Mellat v HM Treasury [2013] UKSC 38 & [2013] UKSC 39 – acting for Bank Mellat in its USD 1.6 billion damages claim against HM Treasury following the UK Supreme Court’s landmark 2013 decision that the Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2009 was unlawful.
  • Representing a high net worth individual in High Court (Chancery Division) proceedings against a Middle Eastern state in relation to breach of a settlement agreement and the unlawful hacking and public distribution of private emails.
  • Representing a Ukrainian high net worth individual in High Court (Chancery Division) proceedings in relation to a dispute over joint venture investments (approximate value of USD 500 million).
  • Representing a large Swiss investment bank in a high value mis-selling claim at first instance and appeal in front of the DIFC Court in Dubai.
  • Representing the main contractor in a high value ad hoc construction arbitration seated in Dubai.


  • English
  • Conversational French
  • Conversational Italian


  • Higher Rights of Audience in the Civil Courts of England & Wales, 2015                   
  • Gibbs Prize in English, University of Oxford, 2001
  • University of Oxford Scholarship, 2001


  • B.A./M.A. in English Language & Literature, University of Oxford, 2000-2005
  • GDL/LPC, BPP Law School, 2007-2009